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Job ID: 113569

Part-time Lecturer in Lighting Design
University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Date Posted Oct. 5, 2018
Title Part-time Lecturer in Lighting Design
University University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Seattle, WA, United States
Department School of Drama
Application Deadline Nov. 8, 2018
Position Start Date Sep. 16, 2019
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education

Degree Requirements:
MFA (or equivalent) in performance-related design. Professional experience required.

Professional Profile:
We are looking for a flexible, collaborative, and experienced individual to teach lighting design. Courses taught would include: introductory and advanced lighting design for undergraduate (BA) students, lighting design courses at all levels for graduate (MFA) students, a weekly graduate seminar, and graduate design studio (a multidisciplinary, team-taught course.) The ability to teach in related areas such as drafting, digital rendering, projections, or sound is desirable, but not required.

This position is also expected to be actively involved in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students involved in designing School of Drama productions, the recruitment of prospective students, and in professional networking that leads to productive internships for students.

This person will join the faculty of the UW’s highly-ranked programs and teach in the BA program and the MFA professional training program in Design. Participation in academic administrative work, including curricular development and committees, is expected as well as other forms of service and duties typical of a lecturer faculty position. As an UW faculty member, the candidate will continue to practice his/her professional career in ways that accord with the School’s scheduling and leave policies. University faculty engage in teaching and service.

The successful applicant will possess the following:

  • MFA or equivalent by start of appointment;
  • Continuing experience as a professional designer in live performance with a demonstrated expertise in integrating composition, temporal transformation, and dramatic structure;
  • A successful record of teaching graduate and/or undergraduate students;
  • Membership in United Scenic Artists 829.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience designing in multiple types of environments, which may include: commercial, regional/LORT, opera, dance, film, site specific, non-traditional, experimental, international, sculpture and/or installation;
  • A commitment to an educational approach that stresses dramaturgical understanding and the value of collaboration between all members of the production team;
  • Eagerness to engage in the school’s longstanding commitment to innovation and tradition.

Institution and Department Information:
The University enrolls approximately 39,000 full-time students. The School enrolls 150 undergraduates and 40 graduates who pursue BA, MFA, and PhD degrees. Graduate areas of study include acting, directing, design, and theatre history/criticism. The School utilizes four theatres and two studio spaces and produces an average of six productions and eight to ten studio and classroom projects annually.

Seattle Professional Theatre:
An extremely active and committed theatre center, the Seattle area is the home of the Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, On the Boards, Fifth Avenue Theater, The Village Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. There are, in addition to these professional companies, approximately 150 theatres and theatre organizations in the Puget Sound area.

Further Information: Please submit a cover letter, three letters of reference, and resume, including professional achievements and record of recent teaching experience at . Applications submitted by November 8, 2018 will receive priority consideration.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 8, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

  • The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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