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Assistant Professor of Theatre

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Department: Visual & Performing Arts
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Arts, Performing Arts

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The Visual and Performing Arts Department at Michigan Technological University seeks an Assistant Professor of Theatre beginning in August 2024. The position is focused on theatrical lighting--the successful candidate will teach lighting technology and lighting design courses in the B.S. Theatre and Entertainment Technology degree program. Duties include head electrician, lighting designer, and oversight of student electrics crews for 4 entertainment events each year.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty and staff who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

• Teach courses in lighting technology and lighting design.
• Provide lighting designs for theatre division productions.
• Serve as head electrician for theatre division productions.
• Serve as a mentor of student lighting technicians.
• Participate in department and university service as assigned.
• Collaborate with faculty and staff in student recruitment.
• Participate in academic assessment and curriculum development
• Development of research/creative activities according to areas of expertise.
• Integrate safety practices into daily activities and apply continuous improvement strategies to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

MFA or other terminal degree in theatrical lighting or related technical field completed by August 2024.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated experience of lighting design for a range of entertainment events
• Demonstrated experience in lighting technology and production
• Demonstrated experience in light programming

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• 3 years of professional experience
• Experience teaching at the undergraduate level (preferably as the instructor of record)
• Experience in lighting design/production for:
     o Themed entertainment
     o Experiential events
     o Concerts
     o Architectural/retail clients
     o Museums
     o Trade shows
     o TV/Film
• Experience in projection design, and/or video system design and implementation
• Experience teaching drafting for the entertainment industry
• Experience with show control systems

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Vectorworks Spotlight and/or AutoCAD
• Ability to manage and follow production budgets
• Ability to use office productivity software (Google Suite, Microsoft Office), and online collaboration/teaching tools (eg. production management, video conferencing, Canvas LMS)
• Ability to communicate and collaborate with an artistic/production team composed of both faculty and students, in coordination with design/tech faculty.
• Ability to understand and meet the academic and artistic needs of students, both majors and non-majors.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Experience or Interest in interdisciplinary arts collaboration.
• Experience with the EOS family of ETC lighting consoles
• Experience with additional lighting or technical software and hardware
• Experience with moving lights and equipment
• Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

Ability to lift 50 lbs, climb ladders, wear and work in a harness, and to work at height

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training
• Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.  This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months



Pay Rate/Salary

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applicants will apply online at: Candidates will submit the following:

1) Cover letter
2) Curriculum vitae
3) Teaching Philosophy

Applicants may be required to submit a digital portfolio of work.

We strongly encourage applicants to address the required and desired qualifications in their cover letter along with an explanation of how they will contribute to the Vision and Mission of Michigan Tech.

Applicants will be asked to provide names and contact information for three references as part of the application process.

Questions may be addressed to Search Committee Chair, Kent Cyr,

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to applicants who apply on, or before, January 1, 2024.  

Additional Information

Michigan Technological University (, established in 1885, is a nationally recognized research university and a leader in science and engineering education. Michigan Tech ranks in the top tier of national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest edition of America’s Best Colleges. Michigan Tech is located in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula on the south shore of Lake Superior. Houghton and the surrounding Keweenaw Peninsula are well known for natural beauty and abundant outdoor activities in all seasons. Recently, Houghton was ranked in “The 100 Best Small Towns in America.” Houghton provides a unique setting where natural beauty, culture, education, and the diversity of residents from around the world come together to provide a superb living experience.

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM.

Michigan Tech acknowledges the importance of supporting dual career partners in attracting and retaining a quality workforce. See for additional information.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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