University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, Illinois

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The Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign https://faa.illinois.edu/units/theatre  invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor specializing in Art and Entertainment Technology with a proposed start date of August 16, 2022. 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.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.


We seek a self-motivated professional with a creative vision for leading aspiring 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, as well as teaching in support for areas in lighting, audio, media and/or technical systems integration. Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, production staff and guest artists in a diverse environment is a must. Essential skills include understanding of theatrical design aesthetics and principles, comprehensive knowledge of safety measures and hazards related to theatre productions, proficiency in CAD drafting, ability to teach a range of courses in the areas of engineering and drafting, scenery shop construction, stage electrics, audio support, and student technical assistant management. Courses may include CAD drafting, welding, rigging, automation, computer-networking, lighting systems and control, sound systems and engineering. Effective organizational, communication and problem-solving skills, and a passion for mentoring students and in making a positive impact toward diversity, inclusion, and equity in theatrical practice and education is essential. Must possess an ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and to draw the creative best out of any team of collaborators. The ideal candidate at the Teaching Assistant Professor level will demonstrate the potential for creative impact of community or national stature.


Responsibilities include AET program design and development; teaching courses in Art and Entertainment Technology relevant to their area of expertise; advising students in the AET major; providing project advising for AET practicums; and will have the primary responsibility to facilitate 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.

The successful candidate will join a scenic, lighting, and sound technology faculty of 7, and a dynamic, 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 thought 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. To apply, go to http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your letter of application including a Curriculum Vitae (with email address) and names and contact information for 3 professional references familiar with your qualifications and experience. All requested information must be included with your applicant profile by June 12, 2022 in order to receive full consideration. The U of I is an AA-EOE www.inclusiveillinois.edu

Department of Theatre As a part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois, the Department of Theatre includes 23 faculty members, 13 Krannert Center Design and Technical faculty members, 7 campus affiliated faculty members, 145 undergraduates and more than 50 graduate students. The department offers BFA programs in acting; theatre studies; and design, technology and management, as well an MA and PhD research program. The department and its production programs are housed in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, a state of the art, multi-theatre 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 Musical Theatre & Opera Program. For further information about the Department, please visit our website at https://faa.illinois.edu/units/theatre

University of Illinois

A Tier One Research Institution, the University of Illinois at 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: www.illinois.edu for the University, and https://faa.illinois.edu for the College of Fine and Applied Arts.


Salary commensurate with experience, with a minimum for Teaching Assistant Professor level set at $60,000. All salaries at the University of Illinois are public record.

Application Procedures

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by June 12, 2022. Interviews will be conducted remotely via the Zoom platform. Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu (Job ID 163719). Complete submissions must include the following: Cover letter, curriculum vitae, link to website or online portfolio, names of three references. Once all required information/documents have been submitted, references will be contacted directly with a request for a letter of recommendation.

Please clearly title all files using your last name and the contents ("lastname_curriculum_vitae" or "lastname_ltr_of_applic")

For further information regarding application procedures, contact Tara Heiser at tlheiser@illinois.edu. For questions specific to the nature of the position, contact Professor Robert Perry, search committee chair, Department of Theatre, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, robperry@illinois.edu

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

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