Job ID: 226055

Assistant Professor of Theatre – Lighting & Sound Design

University of Kentucky

  • Nov. 21, 2023
  • Assistant Professor of Theatre – Lighting & Sound Design
  • 8X300:Fine Arts - Theatre Arts
  • University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY
  • Open until filled
  • Fall 2024
  • Assistant Professor
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education
The University of Kentucky is seeking a full-time, regular title series, 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor of Lighting and Sound Design to join our outstanding faculty in the UK Department of Theatre & Dance for Fall 2024. Our new colleague will serve as the resident Lighting & Sound Designer, responsible for the executed design or supervision of student designers on the department’s four mainstage theatrical productions (one typically a musical), the annual dance concert, and advise student designers with a robust studio production season. Critical to this position is a practiced understanding of live performance lighting & sound design, and the ability to leverage these skills in the hands-on instruction of students and the realization of the season’s productions. Candidates should demonstrate a successful record of recruitment, teaching, performance, and professional integrity. Standard teaching expectation is two courses per semester that includes teaching core courses in creativity and visualization, and both major coursework and electives in lighting & sound design, production practicum, and other topics of production interest.

The successful candidate will be expected to build a creative and research profile consistent with Department of Theatre & Dance standards, actively participate in shared governance, engage with the professional community; and establish and maintain positive relationships across the production personnel throughout the College. Projected distribution of effort would be 50% teaching, 40% creative activity/research, and 10% service.

When prompted in the employment system, applicants will submit the following materials:
• Cover letter addressing your qualifications specific to this position
• Curriculum vitae
• Specific Request 1 - A document containing links to digital portfolio
• Specific Request 2 - A list of at least three professional references with complete contact information - Note references will not be contacted until candidates have achieved finalist status

Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications received by January 8, 2024, will be assured full consideration.

The Department of Theatre & Dance offers the Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Theatre and in Dance, minors in both fields, as well as a certificate in Filmmaking Production and Dramatic Writing, and a certificate in Musical Theatre. The College of Fine Arts and the Vice-President for Research have recently invested $90,000 in an LED lighting upgrade of the department’s two main performance venues and are currently in the first phase of a significant sound equipment upgrade. The school is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

The University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts thrives because we serve and honor individuals and communities with unique and distinct voices. The College intentionally supports an authentic environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion through artistic programming and curricula that explore and celebrate the experiences of those voices. Because we believe that the arts are essential to the life of the individual and the community, we actively facilitate wide-ranging creative expression among our faculty, staff, and student artists and commit to inclusivity in our hiring and recruiting of faculty, staff, and students. In alignment with our DEI commitment, we welcome and invite applicants who have a deep interest in advancing this mission and those who possess the skills and experience for this work. We encourage applications from members of all underrepresented groups as well as individuals who have experience working with diverse student populations (e.g., racial/ethnic, income, immigration status, sexual orientation/gender identification, etc.). As a member of the state’s flagship institution, we pledge to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed and valued, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. Visit our website at:

Employment at UK comes with diverse rewards, focusing on total well-being and career development, with leadership striving to provide a strong work-life integration. The University generously contributes to employees’ retirement plans, medical coverage, and life insurance. In addition, UK offers optional benefits such as dental and vision insurance, additional retirement plans and much more. To learn more about these benefits, please visit:

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