Assistant Professor (Scenic Design and Production Manager)

Theatre and Dance

Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance to begin September 1, 2023.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We seek candidates whose experience has prepared them to help us realize our college-wide goal of engagement and inclusion of culturally and racially diverse audiences in the humanities, arts, and sciences. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education.

To support these goals, Gustavus Adolphus College is currently in the third year of a multiyear, multi-departmental hiring initiative to enhance and diversify departmental curricular and co-curricular offerings. Faculty at Gustavus have opportunities to participate in our interdisciplinary Programs, including African/African Diaspora Studies; Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies; Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies; and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Minnesota is home to vibrant and increasingly racially diverse communities, and we believe that representation from these communities positively contributes to our student body. We especially seek faculty members whose impact will be to advance academic and cultural programs in areas relevant to African, Black, or Indigenous history, arts, and culture, while also helping the College engage and support students of color.

We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA) College of Swedish immigrant heritage that is a leading residential, national liberal arts institution of 2200 students.

Department Information: The Department of Theatre and Dance involves students in creative inquiry, embodied knowledge, inventive collaboration, and skillful expression of ideas emphasizing the value of performance as a vital means of working for social justice and personal transformation. We are a production-driven department with two mainstage venues (including the brand-new Rob and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre) and multiple supporting studio spaces and fully equipped production shops. This new hire will have the opportunity to collaborate with the department to envision a revised curriculum that aligns with the college’s mission and strategic plan.

For more information about the department, its faculty, students, and courses, please see the department website:

Major/Essential Functions: Gustavus faculty teach, advise, conduct research, and serve the college and department. Currently, tenure-line Gustavus faculty have a 6-course equivalent teaching assignment. In their first year, the successful candidate will receive a reduced teaching assignment of five courses, plus one fully-compensated course release.

Primary responsibilities will include courses in scenic design and production/stage management, contributions to general education, and work as scenic and properties designer and production manager for the department’s season, which currently consists of 4 fully produced productions and 2-3 studio projects. Physical presence on campus is an essential component of this position.

Application Procedures: To apply, visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy
  • A brief (one page) artist statement
  • A brief (one page) statement of inclusion and equity commitment
  • Link to virtual portfolio
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

For full consideration, applications must be received by October 7, 2022. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above; finalists may be asked to submit a sample syllabus or other supporting materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • MFA in Scenic Design, Production Technology, or a related field (we will consider candidates in the last semester of an MFA program who will complete their degree by September 30, 2023)
  • Prior experience as a scenic designer in professional or academic settings
  • Experience and/or interest in production management and/or stage management
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching
  • Evidence of a commitment to undergraduate student advising
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting students from diverse backgrounds and identities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to take creative risks and make bold artistic choices as demonstrated by design portfolio
  • Interest in teaching and collaborating with students in a liberal arts context, with an emphasis in interdisciplinary endeavors
  • Experience teaching college-level courses as instructor of record
  • Additional areas of expertise: design at the intersection of diversity, equity, and inclusion; scenic painting; properties design and construction; projection/video design
  • Ability to contribute to interdisciplinary programs, such as Arts Administration and Film and Media Studies

Posted July 12, 2022


Henry MacCarthy | | 507-933-7352

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2022

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