Job Details

California State University, Fullerton
  • Position Number: 1575759
  • Location: Fullerton, CA
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Theatre and Dance

Assistant Professor of Technical Direction

Department of Theatre and Dance

Professor of Technical Direction

The Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of the Arts at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor of Technical Direction with appointment to begin Fall 2020.

California State University, Fullerton is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. CSUF fosters an inclusive environment within which students, faculty, staff, and administrators thrive. Individuals advancing the University's strategic diversity goals and those from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

CSUF faculty are committed teachers and scholars who bring research and creative discovery to students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on departmental and university committees. The primary responsibilities of the person in this position will include teaching a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses in Stagecraft, Scenery Automation and Rigging, Advanced Technical Production, and Vectorworks/CAD. This person will also be responsible for producing creative/scholarly work commensurate with the requirements for tenure. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in their discipline and larger university communities.

The Department
The Department of Theatre & Dance serves approximately 550 Majors, with 23 Full-time and 28 Part-time Faculty and 14 Full-time Professional Staff, and offers BFA Degrees in Acting and Musical Theatre; BA Degrees in Theatre, Design & Production, and Dance; and MFA Degrees in Directing and Design & Production. The yearly season consists of up to 10 main stage and 8 studio series productions (performed, designed, and staffed by students) including plays, musicals, dance, and opera, produced in 5 spaces, utilizing a variety of faculty directors, graduate student directors, and guest directors. The Department of Theatre and Dance at California State University, Fullerton, is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the National Association of Schools of Dance, and is a member of University Resident Theatre Association and United States Institute for Theatre Technology. For more information about the department, please visit:

The primary professional responsibilities of this instructional faculty member are teaching a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses in in Stagecraft, Scenery Automation and Rigging, Advanced Technical Production, and Vectorworks/CAD along with other courses in the major, as needed. Duties include technical direction or mentoring of technical direction students for mainstage, studio series, showcases, and workshop productions as part of the regular assignment. In addition this position will be expected to participate in advising students; engaging in active peer-reviewed creative/scholarly activities; participation in department, college, university, and system-wide service including participating with recruitment; maintaining office hours; and working collaboratively and productively with colleagues. Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching; a record of peer-reviewed creative/scholarly activity in the discipline; strong leadership contributions to school, college and university committees and to external professional organizations that serve the broader discipline's communities.


  • MFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Design & Technical Direction
  • Evidence of professional experience serving as a Technical Direction
  • Evidence of experience in scenery automation using Creative Connor's control systems, arena rigging, and counterweight rigging systems
  • Evidence of successful university teaching experience in Technical Production
  • Evidence of current expertise in pedagogical trends in the fields of Technical Production
  • Evidence of the ability to balance excellent teaching, scholarship, and service
  • Experience in working collaboratively with colleagues and communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in teaching diverse student populations, including firstgeneration college students

Application Procedure
A complete online application must be received by electronic submission in order to receive consideration. To apply, visit to view all job listings and select 493720 to begin the application process and provide the following required materials:
  • Letter of application responding to your experience related to the required qualifications and discussing your teaching philosophy and pedagogical practices with Technical Direction students
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Candidate Diversity Statement:

This statement provides the candidate's unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of the diversity statement is to help departments identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or the willingness to engage in activities that will help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas.
  • A list of three references with relevant contact information

Finalists will be asked to submit additional information:
  • Digital Portfolio
  • Additional material such as current course outlines, course assignments and rubrics may also be requested
  • Finalists invited for an on-campus interview will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation. Please have these ready for the referents to submit should you move forward to this phase of the search. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. A request via email along with information on uploading the letter will be sent. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back in to the recruitment system.

Please do not send additional materials until requested to do so. The finalists for the position will be contacted when to submit and are required to submit all materials for full consideration.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dale A. Merrill, Dean, College of the Arts at with Technical Direction Search in the subject line or call 657-278-3256.

Review of applications will begin on October 13, 2019 and will continue until the position has been filled. The anticipated appointment date is August, 17, 2020.

Additional Information
Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, startup funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent feewaiver; access to campus childcare; and a definedbenefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who selfdisclose.

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