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Assistant/Associate Professor of Scenic Design - Department of Theatre 23-38

California State University, Northridge

Last Updated: 3/10/23

Job Description

Assistant/Associate Professor of Scenic Design - Department of Theatre 23-38

Faculty Hire Number: #23-38

Effective Date of Appointment: August 23, 2023 (Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor

Salary scale: $79,000 to $86,250 for Assistant and $90,000 to $95,000 for Associate (Dependent upon qualifications)

CSUN's Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation, and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

For more information about the University, visit:

About the College:

The Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication houses six departments: Art, Cinema and Television Arts, Communication Studies, Journalism, Music, and Theatre. For more information about the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication, see:

About the Department:

The Department of Theatre offers a liberal arts-based BA program in Theatre Arts. Approximately 240 undergraduate majors and several dozen minors from diverse backgrounds receive a well-rounded education in the areas of performance, design and technology, management, theatre history, and dramatic literature. The department produces eight shows (including an opera and a musical in collaboration with the Department of Music) each academic year, showcasing collaborative efforts between students, faculty, staff, and guest artists. For more information about the Department of Theatre, see:


The Department of Theatre at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is seeking a tenure-track faculty member in Scenic Design at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

The successful candidate will teach major courses in stagecraft, scenic design, property design and construction, and serve as a designer in the production season. They may also teach General Education courses. They also will carry out research and creative activities in national and international design projects, scenic technology, and/or property artisanship.

In addition to teaching, the position responsibilities include student advisement and mentoring, holding weekly office hours, attending faculty meetings, and serving on committees at the department, college, and university levels. Tenure and promotion considerations require a record of teaching effectiveness, contributions to the field through creative activities and research, and contributions to the University and Community.

Required Qualifications:

As a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI), inclusiveness and diversity are integral to CSUN's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As of Fall 2020, CSUN enrolls ~40,000 students, where 56% are Latinx, 20.8% are White, 9.3% are Asian-American, 4.8% are Black/African American, 0.1% are Native American, and 0.1% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. The successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable academic outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service.

  • Terminal Degree (MFA) in scenic design or equivalent relevant field of study from an accredited institution.

  • Evidence of college or university-level teaching in several of the following specialties: scenic design, scenic construction, property design/construction, scenic painting, or use of standard theatrical equipment (e.g. counterweight systems, rigging, scene shifting technology, use of soft goods).

  • Extensive professional design experience demonstrating diversity of genre and aesthetic at venues of varying size.

  • Evidence of proficiency with design software-based drafting (Vectorworks, AutoCAD, or similar).

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of minimum three years of college or university-level teaching utilizing culturally responsive pedagogy that creates an equitable environment for students, including work both in classrooms and scene shops.

  • Demonstrated experience of receptivity to diverse perspectives from a student population with a broad range of knowledge and skills in theatre production techniques.

  • Demonstrated experience with scenic design, art direction, or production design across multiple genres (e.g. theatre, immersive theatre, dance, opera, film, television); experience in other areas including, but not limited to, performance art, installation art, museum exhibit design, architectural design, and industrial design.

  • Demonstrated currency with contemporary practices in world and regional theatre.

  • Evidence of collaborative design with artists of different disciplines, backgrounds, and experience levels at venues with seating capacities ranging from fewer than 150 seats to larger than 400 seats.

  • Demonstrated experience adopting inclusive approaches to mentoring, and a history of mentoring students into creative industries.

    Application Deadline: March 30, 2023

    Screening of applications will begin March 31th, 2023. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

    How to Apply:

    Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application. To apply and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:

    Applicants must submit the following materials to the website in the section above:

  • Cover letter addressing the applicant's strengths relative to the qualifications and responsibilities cited above

  • Current curriculum vitae

  • List of three references with contact information

  • Statement of teaching philosophy that addresses inclusive and equitable practices

  • Past course syllabi reflecting above criteria

  • Portfolio of professional work, creative scholarly activity, and/or publication (portfolio may consist of digital documents, drawings, video excerpts, and other evidence), which should take the form of a .pdf file or website

    At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work in the United States.

    General Information:

    In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line here. Print copies are available by request from the Department of Police Services, the Office for Faculty Affairs, and the Office of Equity and Diversity.

    The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

    As a condition of employment, all employees need to certify vaccination status by attesting they are fully vaccinated, need a medical exemption, need a religious exemption, or are not working on campus. You can obtain more information about or access the full vaccination policy here.

    In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.

    CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Blanca Maldonado in the Department of Theatre at [Register to View] .

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