Faculty Opportunities

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Whittier College is an independent, four-year liberal arts college distinguished by its small size (1600 undergraduates) and a nationally-recognized liberal arts program. 

Whittier College has a history of strong and innovative interdisciplinary programs and a diverse student body. The College is ideally situated in the scenic hills eighteen miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

Whittier College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religion creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law.

 


Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre and Communication Arts with an Emphasis in Scenic, Lighting Design, and Technical Direction.

This will be a full-time, non-tenure track position, beginning, September 1, 2020.

Tenure Status: Non-Tenure-Track
Exempt Status: Exempt
Hours: Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week plus occasional weekend hours for productions including load-in, strike, and technical rehearsals.
Full Time/Part Time status: Full-time
Salary Range: Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge. 
Reports to: Department Chair
Location/Department: Whittier College (Main Campus)/Dept

Responsibilities

The Department of Theatre and Communication Arts at Whittier College, a private liberal arts institution located in Los Angeles county, is seeking a collaborative theatre educator and artist to serve as an instructor and designer in the areas of scenic and lighting design, and technical theatre. This is a full-time, non-tenure-track appointment for two years with the possibility of a third year depending on the needs of the department and the College. The position is at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor.

Candidates will have an MFA in theatre, earned by September 1, 2020, specializing in scenic design, lighting design, and technical direction. Specific skills relevant to the position includes but are not limited to: scene design, lighting design, projection design, properties design, technical direction, drawing and drafting for the theatre, computer aided design and drafting, stage management, scenery construction, painting for the theatre, and production management and oversight. Experience teaching and working within professional settings is valued, as is a history of working with students of diverse backgrounds.

The Department of Theatre and Communication Arts produces 3-4 productions per year, with at least two of the shows produced in the 403 seat, court-style, Robinson Theatre of the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, and an additional 1-2 productions mounted in our 99-seat Studio Theatre. The Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre and Communication Arts will provide the scenic and lighting designs for the 3-4 faculty or guest artist directed productions mounted each year of their contract. Each production counts as 3 credit hours of assigned time.

Projected Teaching Load with Assigned Time for Theatre Design in 2020-2021

Fall 2020 (10 credits)

  • Design Robinson Production (3 credits)
  • Design Studio Production (3 credits)
  • Oversee Theatre Practicum (1 credit)
  • A course required for Theatre Emphasis in Design (3 credits)

January 2021 (3 credits)

  • A course required for Theatre Emphasis in Design (3 credits)

Spring 2021 (11 credits)

  • Design Robinson Production (3 credits)
  • Oversee Theatre Practicum (1 credit)
  • A course required for Theatre Emphasis in Design (3 credits)
  • A new course for Theatre Emphasis in Design (4 credits)

The teaching load for this position is four courses per semester, or 24 credits, or their equivalents as time assigned for design work. The position entails offering core courses in the College’s liberal arts curriculum along with courses that support the major in Theatre and Communication Arts, as well as the Theatre and Film Studies minor.

Non-essential Functions of the Job

1. None identified at this time.

Position Specifications and Requirements

Required Qualifications

MFA in Theatre with an expertise in scenic and lighting design; some teaching experience in addition to professional work in design.

Application Deadline

March 15, 2020 

The position is based in Whittier, California.  To be considered for this position, please submit (in PDF format) a letter of application, curriculum vitae including professional and academic theatre experience, a statement of teaching philosophy, arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted to: Jennifer Holmes, Chair, Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, jholmes@whittier.edu. Theoretical production designs for the 2020-2021 Department of Theatre and Communication Arts season will be a component of the interview process, and official transcripts will be due upon an offer of the position.