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Job Title
Assistant Professor of Theatre Technology, Tenure Track, August 2020
Department Location Category Status
Theatre Orange Faculty Full-time
General Information
The College of Performing Arts at Chapman University seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Theatre Technology in the Department of Theatre, effective Fall 2020.

Chapman University is a nationally-ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The University achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities. Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including the College of Performing Arts. Dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty. More information about the Department of Theatre, the College of Performing Arts, and the University is available at

The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at
Requirements include a terminal degree (MFA or PhD) or equivalent professional experience by August 1, 2020, professional experience in technical theatre and design, as well as a record of outstanding teaching, scholarship and a commitment to undergraduate education.

Candidates should be willing and able to develop innovative courses/programs/research related to their area of scholarship and creative activity. Research and teaching in interdisciplinary areas are encouraged.
Tenure track faculty are expected to develop and maintain an active research agenda for future tenure consideration and are evaluated on their research/scholarly/creative activity, teaching and service.

Teaching will include a variety of technical theatre courses within the candidate’s area of expertise. Examples could include: Introduction to Theatre Technology, Stagecraft, Drafting, Projection Design, Set Design, Lighting Design, Costume Construction and Design, and Design History and Theory.

Design opportunities are available within our production season.
The successful candidate will work with the existing faculty, chair, and dean to develop a new BFA in Technical Theatre.

The department, college, and university value personalized faculty collaboration with undergraduate students. The faculty member will be expected to advise, mentor, and encourage undergraduate students with regard to curriculum, research projects, internship opportunities, and career possibilities. Active involvement in department, college, and university service is expected.
Contact Information
Qualified candidates are invited to electronically submit a Chapman University faculty employment application, letter of interest, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy statement, as well as the names, affiliations, phone numbers, and email addresses of three individuals who can provide a professional recommendation to:

Professor John Benitz, Chair, Department of Theatre,
At Please use "Technical Theatre Position" in the subject line.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. To insure fullest consideration, please submit your materials by December 31, 2019.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Chapman University offers a relocation expense reimbursement package as well as a first-time Orange County homebuyer assistance program. Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate.
Download a copy of the Chapman Faculty Application for Employment here.

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866 Human Resources Department