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Assistant Professor of Lighting Design

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 1st, 2019
Next review date: Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


THE DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE at UC San Diego invites theatre artists to apply for a tenure-track faculty position in Lighting Design. The academic appointment for this position will be for an Assistant Professor beginning Fall Quarter 2020 as a core member of a professional design training program. The appointee will be expected to bring innovation to the teaching of lighting design at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, while continuing to build their professional career nationally and/or internationally.

This position requires active mentorship of students and the ability to teach a wide range of classes, ranging from the fundamentals of lighting design to advanced topics. Teaching activities include classroom instruction in studio seminars and lectures, supervising productions, mentoring, supporting student research and internships, as well as collaborating on curriculum development, season planning and recruitment with department faculty. Additionally, the appointee will be expected to participate as member of the campus community on committees at both departmental and university levels.

Applicants should possess an MFA or equivalent professional experience in lighting design prior to the start of appointment

The committee will assess each application for:

  • A history of productions at the national level
  • Evidence of continuing creative activity
  • Evidence of teaching potential and/or 1-2 or more years experience teaching courses
  • evidence of superb teaching potential at the university level in lighting design and/or related fields, such as video and projection design, architectural, installation, or industrial design.

The applicant should demonstrate familiarity with digital technologies related to lighting design, such as relevant modeling software.

The ideal candidate will have strong or potential accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego’s [commitment to achieving excellence and diversity] (see

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications based on University of California pay scales.

Applicants are asked to submit all application materials electronically via UCSD’s online Recruit system at:

Only applications submitted via the UCSD on-line system will be considered.

UCSD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity.

Job location

La Jolla, CA

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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required