Assistant Professor of Scenic Design

School of Theatre & Dance

The Millikin University School of Theatre and Dance is accepting applications for a full-time tenure track position in Scenic Design to begin in August 2024.  Millikin is a small, private, comprehensive university of approximately 1800 students located in Decatur, Illinois.  The nationally recognized School of Theatre and Dance is a vibrant and highly visible component of the campus community serving 160 students in five-degree programs including a BA in Theatre and Performance Studies and BFAs in Acting, Design and Production, Musical Theatre, and Stage Management.  The school is housed in a new $29 million facility, the Center for Theatre and Dance, which opened in 2020. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Teach courses in elements of design, drawing/rendering, scenic design, properties design, and scenic painting
  • Design 1-2 mainstage productions per semester
  • Supervise stock and equipment in prop shop
  • Coordinate and supervise paint calls
  • Supervise and mentor student designers and technicians working in scenic and properties design & fabrication
  • Attend School of Theatre & Dance, College of Fine Arts, and full faculty meetings
  • University and School of Theatre & Dance service

Required qualifications:

  • MFA in Scenic Design, Theatre Design, or related field
  • University level teaching experience
  • Demonstrated collaborative design and technical experience in university productions, professional theatre, and/or relevant entertainment venues
  • Demonstrated scenic painting skills
  • Demonstrated experience with current drawing, rendering, and drafting practices and software, including but not limited to: Hand drafting, traditional drawing & painting, Vectorworks. Adobe Creative Suite, Procreate, AutoCAD, and SketchUp

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching diverse student populations
  • Experience in projection design
  • Experience in sound design, engineering, or other fields of theatre design and technology
  • USITT Membership
  • Teaching and collaborative practices related to Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility

Application Materials:

  • Letter of Application
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy including a statement on Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility
  • 3 Professional References
  • Design Portfolio or Website

Application Deadline:

Review of applicants will begin January 15, 2024 and will continue until filled.

Employment and first day of work is contingent upon successful completion of background check. Millikin University is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups in this field are encouraged to apply. Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Millikin University is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive. Millikin offers a competitive salary and full benefits package, including eligibility for tuition waiver. 


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