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Assistant or Associate Professor of Lighting Design
Howard University

Date Posted Mar. 23, 2018
Title Assistant or Associate Professor of Lighting Design
University Howard University
Department Theatre Arts
Application Deadline open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 15, 2018
  • Washington, D.C.
    United States
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education

Howard University

Assistant Professor, Lighting Designer

Department of Theatre Arts

The Department of Theatre Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Lighting Designer at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The ideal candidate has a broad knowledge of design and production techniques; professional design experience; teaching experience; and excellent communication, leadership/organizational, and collaborative skills. The successful candidate is engaged in artistic productions and/or scholarship, devoted to excellence in teaching and learning, and committed to professional service. The candidate should have experience working in diverse academic, artistic, and professional communities with a special emphasis on the African American community.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Primary Lighting Designer for an average of 6 departmental theatre and dance productions per year
  • Teach all levels of lighting design, period and style, drawing for the theatre, or other design/technology and theatre courses.
  • Lighting design curriculum development
  • Mentor student designers for stage productions and student production and research in design/tech
  • Recruit, advise, mentor, and retain design/tech students for BFA and other programs department programs
  • Assist in execution of lighting and other areas of stage production
  • Serve on departmental, college, and university committees
  • Continue working on professional development within Howard university and/or outside activities

Required Qualifications:

  • MFA in Theatre Design or a related field, or Ph.D. in Theatre with professional experience in lighting design
  • Experience teaching at college/university level
  • Demonstrated experience with DMX and computer-controlled lighting systems (ETC-Ion console, moving heads, scrollers, moving mirrors, hazers, etc.)
  • Experience working with large-scale musicals and plays
  • Experience designing lights for concert dance
  • Demonstrated experience in accurately creating and interpreting lighting drawings
  • Evidence of strong script analysis, research skills, and understanding of periods and styles
  • Demonstrated ability to professionally implement designs, adhering to strict deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain safe working environment
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Evidence of excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in diverse academic, artistic, and professional communities with a special emphasis on the African American community.
  • Experience in using CAD/Vectorworks and Lightwright
  • Experience with digital media

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Q-lab and video techniques

Application screening begins April 1st, 2018 and continues until the position is filled.

Preferred start date: August 15th, 2018. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; digital portfolio of creative works; names, addresses, telephone numbers and emails of three professional references. Other documentation may be requested.

Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Completed applications should be addressed to the Chair of the search committee: Professor Denise Hart,

Howard University, classified as a doctoral/research institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is a comprehensive research university and a Historically Black College/University (HBCU). It is a residential campus of more than 10,000 students located in Washington, DC.

  • Howard University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal access/Affirmative Action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Contact Information

  • Professor Denise Hart
    Department of Theatre Arts
    Howard University
    2245 Sixth St NW
    Washington, D.C. 20059
  • 202-806-7050
  • 202-806-9193


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