The Theatre and Dance Department within the College of Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) at Western Washington University invites applications for a full time tenure-track position with an emphasis in scenic design. We seek a teacher/practitioner who will teach beginning through advanced courses in scenic design, design communication, scenic painting, computer drafting, and portfolio development.
The Department and the College support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ people, and others from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this faculty position.
About the College/Department:
The College of Fine and Performing Arts is comprised of the departments of Theatre and Dance, Music, Art, and Design. The Theatre and Dance Department includes eleven faculty, seven instructors, and a staff including a Technical Director, Costume Shop Manager, and Scene Shop Foreman/Master Electrician. The program offers a balance of academic courses and production experiences. During the past academic year, the department mounted seven productions in its three venues (5 theatre, 2 dance). As evidence of our devotion to issues of diversity and inclusivity, the Department of Theatre and Dance recently commissioned and premiered Jeff Augustine’s Corktown and dedicates one production slot to issues of diversity and inclusion per season.
The Department’s 18 full-time and part-time faculty oversee 160 undergraduate majors in the two BA programs and offers numerous elective courses for the general student population. The typical annual production schedule includes five theatre productions, two dance productions, and one every-other-year collaborative opera production with the Music Department.
The successful candidate will design for a minimum of one department production per year and mentor students (designers and technicians) in all aspects of theatre and performance production.
An M.F.A. in scenic design from an accredited college or university
Demonstrated ability to cultivate learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Evidence of successful teaching experience in higher education
Experience in computer-based design technologies as well as traditional scenic design techniques and methods
Effective interpersonal communication and collaboration skills
Experience in a second design area
Evidence of successful professional design experience
Demonstrated promise of continued creative and professional work
Teaching experience in scenic painting, model building, rendering, CAD software, and properties
Experience in curricular development for scenic design
Experience with or potential for successful recruitment of students
Working knowledge of projection technology and design
Dedication to a liberal arts education model compatible with the mission of WWU
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouv...er, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.