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Department of Theater - Associate or Full Professor of Scenic Design

Position overview

Position title: Professor of Scenic Design

Application Window

Open date: July 18, 2022

Next review date: Sunday, Oct 9, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Mar 31, 2023 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.

Position description

UCLA Department of Theater - Professor of Scenic Design

UCLA seeks applicants for a full time, tenured position for an Associate or Full Professor of Theater in the area of Scenic Design beginning July 1, 2023.


  • Co-lead, supervise, develop and administer a rigorous and flourishing scenic / production design program at a Research I University.
  • Maintain and grow a national and international professional career.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate level courses including scenic design, production design, drafting, and rendering.
  • Supervise graduate and undergraduate projects in production, including thesis and capstone work.
  • Recruit promising students; mentor current students in academic and career planning.
  • Participate in department, school, and university committees, as well as other service opportunities.
  • Contribute to department, school, and university equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.


A minimum of eight years professional experience in design and three years of teaching experience is required. An MFA in theatrical design and additional experience in film and television, art direction, and production design are desirable but not required.

The ideal candidate will have experience that demonstrates:

  • Cooperative approach to theater education that involves colleagues with different expertise as well as ongoing collaborative relationships in the field.
  • Welcoming approach to students with a broad range of knowledge and skills in theater performance, production, and scholarship.
  • Ability to teach traditional and current design practices at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Additional research and teaching interests in emergent media such as projection design, extended reality, virtual production, and immersive theater.
  • Ability to nurture and work with a wide range of diverse students from different backgrounds.


A cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, names & contact information of references and digital portfolio are required. Please address your materials to the Chair of the Faculty Search Committee, Professor Jeff Burke.

Additional Information

The University of California, Los Angeles, and the Department of Theater are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of professional activities and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, bullying and other demeaning behavior, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UCLA conducts targeted employment reference checks for finalists to whom departments or other hiring units would like to extend formal offers of appointment into Academic Senate faculty positions. The targeted employment reference checks involve contacting the finalists’ current and prior places of employment to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UCLA requires all applicants for Academic Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If the applicant does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted employment reference checks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A minimum of eight years professional experience in design and three years of teaching experience is required

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Portfolio - portfolio should be uploaded as a PDF

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 required (contact information only)

the names of 3 references who may be contacted regarding your application.

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Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

University of California - Los Angeles