Assistant Professor in Media Design and Video Editing

Title: Assistant Professor in Media Design and Video Editing

Employee Classification: Asst Professor

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts

Department: School of Theatre and Dance

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

The School of Theatre and Dance at Illinois State University seeks a full-time tenure-track faculty member in Media Design and Video Editing. This is a nine-month tenure-track appointment. This position will begin August 16, 2022.

Duties: Teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in media and projection design and video editing as well as other courses in the candidate’s interest area; mentor student designers and technicians in media and projection design; mentor student filmmakers. Participation in recruitment for and shared governance of the School of Theatre and Dance; service at the department, college, and university levels. Candidates with a commitment to the university’s goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

The School of Theatre and Dance is committed to increasing the representation of BIPOC professionals and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Candidates who have experience working with a range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to a culture of belonging and mutual support are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will show a commitment to serving and/or addressing issues related to underrepresented populations.

Additional Information

The School of Theatre and Dance is one of three schools within the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts. The School has 30 faculty, 10 staff, and 320 students enrolled in the B.A./B.S., M.A./M.S. and M.F.A. degrees. Areas of undergraduate study include Production Design and Technology, Film and Digital Media, Acting, Theatre Teacher Education, Theatre Studies, Dance, and Dance Education. M.F.A. areas of study include Directing, Costume, Lighting, and Scenic Design. Its annual production season consists of eight theatre productions and two dance concerts in two facilities, a 525-seat proscenium space and a flexible space that can be adapted to a 125-seat thrust or 150-seat arena. The School maintains membership in U/RTA, with programs accredited by NAST. See

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival produces Shakespeare and contemporary plays in the spirit of Shakespeare every summer at the beautiful Ewing Cultural Center in Bloomington, Illinois. As an U/RTA member institution, the Festival hires professional artists and offers a variety of internships to college and university students. Supported by Illinois State University and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival Society, the Festival sells an average of 10,000 tickets per year and has just completed its 44th season. See

The Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts also includes the School of Music, the School of Art, and the Program in Arts Technology. In addition, the College supports the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, the Center for the Performing Arts, and the University Galleries. Our programs support talented and passionate students pursuing their dreams in all areas of study: music, theatre, and dance performance and teacher education, composition, music therapy, visual art and design, art history, interactive media, arts administration, film/digital media, and theatrical design. The College offers students opportunities to study and perform in Italy, Australia, England, and other culturally rich destinations led by faculty experts. For more information on the College, visit

Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study with more than 20,000 students. Our six colleges offer 174 undergraduate majors, 76 minors, 97 master’s programs, 17 doctoral degrees, and 40 certificate options. We have repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 132,000 and conveniently located approximately two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. The community is home to GROWMARK, the Illinois Farm Bureau, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, and Heartland Community College. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems, its citizens’ level of educational attainment, its parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime rate. Forbes magazine, in a review of the best places for business, ranked Bloomington-Normal the 15th best place for business out of 168 small metros listed. Bloomington was also recently placed on CNNMoney's list of the 100 Best Places to Live. Expansion Management Magazine rated Bloomington-Normal as one of two metro areas with a five-star quality of life, giving the community high rankings in such areas as standard of living, quality of schools, traffic, and commute time. Please visit the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website at  for more information.

Required Qualifications

1. Terminal degree (M.F.A. or Ph.D.) in theatre design, film production, digital media, or a related field.
2. Expertise and/or teaching experience in media design and filmmaking.
3. An established or emerging pattern of compelling creative scholarship and/or publications/presentations.
4. Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and student success.
5. Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law.

Proposed Starting Date


Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Applicant Documents

Along with your application, submit:
1) A cover letter detailing teaching experience and/or commensurate professional experience, and teaching philosophy, including methods for incorporating issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion into teaching and advising
2) A curriculum vitae
3) A portfolio and/or sample of film work
4) Contact information for three references

PLEASE NOTE:  These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

Initial review of applications will begin on December 3rd and continue until the position is filled.

To ensure full consideration, please complete a faculty employment application through Illinois State University’s website at 512451. Along with your application, submit 1) A cover letter detailing teaching experience and/or commensurate professional experience, and teaching philosophy, including methods for incorporating issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion into teaching and advising; 2) A curriculum vitae; 3) A portfolio and/or sample of film work; and 4) Contact information for three references.

For full consideration, all materials must be submitted online and letters must be received by December 3rd, 2021 . Additional materials, which may include teaching videos, syllabi, and other artifacts, may be requested from applicants at a later date.

Contact Information for Applicants

School of Theatre & Dance
Michelle Woody

Human Resources
Clay Gruenwald

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.