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Assistant/Associate Professor Scenic Design, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati has embarked upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled academic, research and athletic momentum. As the global founder of cooperative education, UC remains a world-class leader in experience-based learning. U.S. News & World Report ranks UC’s co-op program in the Top 4 in the country, while the National Science Foundation places UC at No. 33 among America’s public research universities. A dynamic campus life environment boasts a diverse student body of nearly 47,000, what The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country,” and a history-making athletics program that has earned the respect of the Big 12 Conference. 


Job Overview

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Theatre Design and Production Department (TDP) seeks an Assistant/Associate Professor for a tenure track faculty appointment in Scenic Design to begin in August 2022. Rank and salary will be commensurate with credentials within college guidelines. Initial appointment is three years and faculty member is then eligible for reappointment. TDP is comprised of approximately 160 students in BFA and MFA programs, 11 full time faculty, and 9 staff.  Collaborating with other performance-based departments, a 16-show season is produced comprised of musicals, dramas, dance, opera, and events.  

Essential Functions

The successful candidate will serve as an integral member of the Theatre Design and Production Department and will teach courses to both undergraduate and graduate students in scenic design, as well as other students as applicable. They will mentor students’ production work and teach courses in beginning and advanced drafting and digital visualization. Additionally, there may be an opportunity to teach introductory and advanced courses in scenic design and scenic design research or special topics based on the applicant’s special areas of expertise. This position requires active departmental participation, including curriculum development, recruitment, student advising, season planning and collaboration with the scene shop staff. This position will design a minimum of one departmental production each academic year, in addition to advising student designers on their own productions. Contributions to the discipline through creative work or published research, professional lectures, or presentations are required.  All tenure-track faculty must actively pursue professional development within their field in order to maintain their fluency with current industry practice, advance their pedagogy and support student opportunities within the industry.  Contributions to the College or University through committee participation are also required.  

Minimum Requirements

Prior to the effective date of the appointment, the successful candidate must have either:   
1. a Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Design or related field in addition to five years of professional scenic design experience  
2. a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Production or related field along with eight years of work experience in scenic design for the professional theatre or live entertainment industry demonstrating increasing responsibility and achievement.  

Application Process

Review of applications will begin on January 31  and continue until the position is filled.  

The application should include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae or resume, an online portfolio of produced work, a statement on teaching philosophy, and a list of three professional references. 
Please use the additional documents feature as needed for these items.
Finalists for the position will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge and instructional capability by teaching a class of CCM undergraduate and graduate level students.  

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.




The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 78661


Assistant/Associate Professor Scenic Design, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Date:  May 7, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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