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Teaching Assistant Professor of Art and Entertainment Technology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Date Posted Nov. 16, 2022
Title Teaching Assistant Professor of Art and Entertainment Technology
University University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL, United States
Department Department of Theatre
Application Deadline Jan. 15, 2023
Position Start Date Aug. 16, 2023
  • Assistant Professor
    Prof of Practice/Clinical Prof
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education

The Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor specializing in Art and Entertainment Technology with a proposed start date of August 16, 2023. Teaching faculty positions contribute primarily to the educational mission of the university, with distinct responsibilities and opportunities for promotion and engagement within that mission. This is a full-time, non-tenure-track (specialized faculty) appointment on an academic year (nine-month) service basis paid over twelve months, carrying an initial appointment of a one-year contract with potential for renewal based on performance.  Multi-year contracts typically follow promotion within this path.

Responsibilities include Art and Entertainment Technology program design and development; teaching courses in AET relevant to their area of expertise; advising students in the AET major; providing project advising for AET practicums; and the primary responsibility of facilitating the development of professional internship experiences. The nominal load will be 80% teaching, 20% service with the understanding that project advising will be counted as teaching, and general advising and internship development will be counted as service.

We seek a self-motivated professional with a creative vision for leading aspiring undergraduate theatrical technicians toward mastery of the practice of new technologies combined with traditional theatre practices with a focus on craft, engineering techniques, and problem-solving skills as they relate to entertainment technology. MFA or significant professional experience in entertainment technology preferred. The ability to work collaboratively with faculty, production staff and guest artists in a diverse environment is highly valued. Essential skills include understanding of theatrical design aesthetics and principles, comprehensive knowledge of safety measures and hazards related to live events, proficiency in CAD drafting, the ability to teach a range of courses in the areas of scenic technology, lighting and/or sound. A passion for mentoring students and in making a positive impact toward diversity, inclusion, and equity in theatrical practice and education is essential. Candidates must possess an ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and to draw on the creative strength of all collaborators. Finally, the ideal candidate at the Teaching Assistant Professor level will demonstrate the potential for creative impact on the local community or national stature.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic scenic, lighting, and sound technology faculty of 8, along with a collaborative team at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. We encourage applicants to apply who will bring particular experience and passion to diversifying our curriculum with regard to race, gender, ethnicity, and ability. We particularly encourage applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education and in theatrical design and technical fields.

As a part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois, the Department of Theatre includes 24 faculty members, 12 Krannert Center Design and Technical faculty members, 3 academic staff, 7 campus affiliated faculty members, 130 undergraduates and more than 60 graduate students. The department offers BFA and MFA programs in acting; theatre studies; and design, technology, and management, as well an MA and PhD program in theatre research. The department and its production programs are housed in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, a multi-venue facility that operates collaboratively within an artistic structure comprised of theatre, dance, music, opera, and professional touring performances. Theatre faculty work closely with Krannert Center staff and the faculties of the Department of Dance and the School of Music’s Lyric Theatre Program, which includes musical theatre and opera. For further information about the Department, please visit our website at

University of Illinois
A Tier One Research Institution, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is strongly international, and recognized for excellence in the Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, and the Arts. Champaign-Urbana is located in East Central Illinois, within short driving distance to Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. For more information, please visit: for the University, and for the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

Salary commensurate with experience, with a minimum for Teaching Assistant Professor level set at $60,000.

Application Procedures
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 6:00 p.m. (CST) on January 15, 2023.  Please create your candidate profile at (Job ID 1013832).

Application materials must include the following:
•Cover letter
•Curriculum vitae
•Statement of demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
•Link to professional website or online portfolio
•Names and contact information of three professional references familiar with your qualifications and experience

Once all required information/documents have been submitted, references will be contacted directly with a request for a letter of recommendation.

For further information regarding application procedures, contact Jennifer Steiling at For questions specific to the nature of the position, contact Professor Robert Perry, search committee chair, Department of Theatre, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,

Helpful Links:
•Illinois Theatre:
•Krannert Center for Performing Arts:

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Contact Information

  • Robert Perry
    Department of Theatre
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Urbana, IL


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