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Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance (Theatrical Design & Technology)

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Dominguez Hills
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Assistant Professor

Department of Theatre and Dance (Theatrical Design & Technology)

College of Arts & Humanities

Position Description

The Department of  Theatre and Dance at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Academic Year) with the appointment starting in Fall 2023.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University’s mission, vision, and core values.

For more information: Mission, Vision, and Core Values.

Department of Theatre and Dance

The Theatre & Dance Program offers courses in the fields of acting, dance, directing, choreographing, design and technical theatre, theatre and dance history, dramatic literature, speech, and others. Course requirements for both the major and the minor programs provide for flexibility and allow students considerable choice in planning their academic careers.

Theatre and Dance Majors and Minors participate in the department’s ambitious production program through acting, dance, design and construction, lighting, costume, stage management, and other areas. Academic credit is provided for such participation. 

For more information: Theatre Arts and Dance

The Position

Assistant Professor in Theatrical Design and Technology


Responsibilities include teaching courses to diverse undergraduates including the following: Fundamentals of Theatre Design, Stagecraft, Scenic Design, Lighting and Sound, Stage Management, Theatre Workshop, Dance Production, and General Education classes.  The position will include designing scenery/props for theatre and dance productions for the academic year.  The position may include the ability to design and teach in up to two areas of technical theatre  for example:      a. scenery/props and lighting;

b. scenery/props and sound; 

c. scenery/props and stage management

d. scenery/props and projections.

The position may include assisting with scenery, props, sound, lights, projections, or stage management for our outreach programing: Teatro, Mosaic, and New African Grove Black Theatre. Other duties include course and curriculum development, student advisement for Theatre majors, student mentoring for student costume design projects, participation in developing department procedures and guidelines, involvement in student recruitment, involvement in USITT, ACTF, and ACDA, and committee service at the department, college and university level. Faculty will be expected to continue their creative work and/or professional activities.  Tenure and promotion requires faculty to maintain an active record of creative activities, including external professional projects.


Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must have experience in teaching undergraduates and working with colleagues from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds including adoption of appropriate pedagogical strategies for diverse student populations;
  • MFA in Theatrical Design/Scenic Design or related discipline by the date of appointment with evidence of a minimum of two years of effective solo (non-teaching assistant) college teaching experience;
  • Ability to design for both theatre and dance with proficiency in Scenic Design and Properties;
  • Ability to teach upper division courses in one or more of the following specializations: stagecraft, scenic design, scene painting, properties, computer-aided design and model-making with period research; scene painting and is able to teach introductory theatre classes; and
  • Demonstrated supervisory and collaborative abilities; ability to adhere to production timeline with strong collaboration skills with the directors, choreographers, and other members of the design team a must;
  • Evidence of an active performance record or equivalent professional experience including a knowledge of multicultural theatre.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MFA/PhD in Theatrical Design/Scenic Design
  • A demonstrated record of excellent teaching and designing at the college/university level, community-based theatre, including proficiency in instructing undergraduates and working with colleagues from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds, through the adoption of appropriate pedagogical strategies for diverse populations;
  • Academic or Professional experience as scenic/prop designer including diverse or multicultural productions;
  • Academic or Professional experience as a lighting and/or sound designer or stage manager; with a demonstrated ability of projections as scenic elements;
  • Demonstrated record of teaching in the areas of stagecraft, scenic design, scene painting, and properties with experience in teaching lighting and sound design, sound editing/mixing; computer-aided design, model-making with period research, scenic painting, and properties and able to teach introductory theatre classes, and teaching online classes; and
  • Demonstrated experience in department/college/university service.

Employment Requirement

Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy

The California State University (CSU) is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities we serve, as well as maintaining higher education access and attainment for our students, as such, we embrace a comprehensive strategy designed to reduce the likelihood of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption if eligible.  Any candidate advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The system-wide policy can be found at: CSU COVID-19 Vaccinations Policy.

Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy may be sent to .

Additional Information

The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is $5,405 to $11,994 per month (12 monthly payments per academic year); salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and current CSUDH faculty salaries in the academic department/discipline. Faculty salaries are subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit:

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised December 24, 2021, as a condition of employment.

How to Apply- To apply for this position, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page.

The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in December 2022. For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than December 9, 2022.

  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
  • Cover letter
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2 pages maximum)*
  • List of 3 references with contact information**
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)**
  • A Statement on Teaching (2 pages maximum)
  • A Statement on Research (2 pages maximum)
  • Sample Publications or Evidence of Creative/Scholarly Activity
  • Teaching Evaluations (if available)

*Given CSUDH’s commitment to diversity and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff, and administrators, describe your individual commitment and experiences in advancing diversity and inclusion and how they relate to your future teaching and research.

**This position requires three letters of recommendation (LORs). Please do not upload your LORs with your application. Your list of references will be notified at the appropriate time during the search process. They will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the LOR. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUDH by logging back into your applicant portal.

**For finalist with International transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required.

A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate’s, Doctor’s of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to or mailed directly to the office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Doris Ressl

Search Committee Chair

CSU, Dominguez Hills

1000 East Victoria Street (LCH A343)

Carson, CA  90747

Closing Statement

CSUDH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

For more information: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources’ Office (310) 243-3771.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at Campus Security Report (Clery), or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free.  Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property.  Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9.

For more information see: Smoke & Tobacco-Free

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