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Assistant Professor of Theatre in Lighting & Sound Design
University of Kentucky

Date Posted Nov. 16, 2022
Title Assistant Professor of Theatre in Lighting & Sound Design
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Department 8X300:Fine Arts - Theatre Arts
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date August 2023
  • Assistant Professor
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education
    Design - Industrial Art/Design
The University of Kentucky is seeking a full-time, regular-title series, 9-month tenure-eligible Assistant Professor of Lighting & Sound Design to join our outstanding faculty in the UK Department of Theatre & Dance to begin August 2023. The successful candidate will serve as the resident lighting & sound designer or student-design mentor on four mainstage theatrical productions (one typically a musical), the annual dance concert, and as advisor for a robust student-produced studio season. Candidates should demonstrate a successful record of recruitment, teaching, and professional performance. Teaching duties include two courses per semester, including major coursework and electives in lighting & sound design and other topics of production interest. Candidates will also supervise production practicums.
As a faculty member in a Research-1 Institution, the successful candidate will be expected to build a creative and research profile consistent with Department of Theatre & Dance standards, actively participate in shared governance, and engage with the professional community. The projected distribution of effort for this position is 40% teaching, 40% creative activity/research, and 20% service. The salary range is $58,000-$62,000.
Candidates must hold a Master of Fine Arts Degree by the time of employment and should have at least one year of teaching experience at the college level beyond graduate school. Experience with projection systems is preferred but not required.
When prompted in the employment system, applicants will submit the following materials:
  • Cover letter addressing your qualifications specific to this position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Specific Request 1 - A statement on evidence of diversity, equity, and inclusion as it pertains to teaching at the college level 
  • Specific Request 2 - Document containing links to audio/video portfolio

Please also include the names and contact information for professional references when prompted in the application. This information will instantly be used to solicit reference letters within the employment system upon submission of application. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications received by January 9, 2023, will be assured full consideration.

The Department of Theatre & Dance offers Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Theatre and in Dance, minors in both fields, as well as a certificate in Filmmaking Production and Dramatic Writing, and a certificate in Musical Theatre. The school is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. More information can be found at

The University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts thrives because we serve and honor individuals and communities with unique and distinct voices. The College intentionally supports an authentic environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion through artistic programming and curricula that explore and celebrate the experiences of those voices. Because we believe that the arts are essential to the life of the individual and the community, we actively facilitate wide-ranging creative expression among our faculty, staff, and student artists and commit to inclusivity in our hiring and recruiting of faculty, staff, and students. In alignment with our DEI commitment, we welcome and invite applicants who have a deep interest in advancing this mission and those who possess the skills and experience for this work. We encourage applications from members of all underrepresented groups as well as individuals who have experience working with diverse student populations (e.g., racial/ethnic, income, immigration status, sexual orientation/gender identification, etc.). As a member of the state’s flagship institution, we pledge to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed and valued, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. Visit our website at:

Employment at UK comes with diverse rewards, focusing on total well-being and career development, with leadership striving to provide a strong work-life integration. The University generously contributes to employees’ retirement plans, medical coverage, and life insurance. In addition, UK offers optional benefits such as dental and vision insurance, additional retirement plans and much more. To learn more about these benefits, please visit:
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to protect our university community including our students, staff, faculty and visitors, the University of Kentucky is requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all new hires and rehires. Prior to the first day of employment, all new hires and rehires must submit appropriate documentation showing, i) completion of the first vaccination against COVID-19, or ii) completion of the full vaccination series against COVID-19, or iii) approved exemption (medical contraindications or a sincerely held religious belief) through the formal exemption process from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. For those who have completed the first vaccination against COVID-19 prior to their first day of employment, the second vaccination (if applicable) must be completed following the vaccination recommended schedule to be considered fully vaccinated.

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