Assistant Professor/Theatre Technical Director

Faculty Title
Assistant Professor/Theatre Technical Director

Posting Number

Official Transcripts
Once hired for a position the candidate shall have sealed official transcripts for all post-secondary degrees mailed from the granting institution directly to the Provost's office. Transcripts should be received by September 1.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Each applicant is encouraged to provide (preferably as attachments to the online application) the following supplemental documents:
(1) letter providing some detail of the applicant's qualifications and interest in the position.
(2) current resume/CV.
(3) the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references.
(4) teaching philosophy.

If you are unable to attach the supplemental materials to the online application please mail to:

Southern Oregon University
Human Resource Services
Churchill Hall, Room 159
1250 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR 97520

For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human Resource Services via email at or by phone at (541)552-8553.

Appointment Basis
9 months

1.0 FTE


Job Location
Ashland (15 A)

Hiring Pay Rate
$56,510 (Base $56,510 @ 1.0 FTE, CIP $0, YIR 1 Asst Prof, CBA Table 12C)

Benefits Eligible

Position Summary
The Theatre program of the Oregon Center for the Arts (OCA) at Southern Oregon University (SOU) is seeking candidates for a full-time, nine month, tenure track, Assistant Professor position.

The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University's Theatre Program located in Ashland, Oregon is a large and busy program with just under 300 majors. The Program mounts six full productions and many workshops and showcase presentations each year.

The faculty Technical Director is responsible for guiding and implementing the technical scenery classes that support the BA and BFA degrees in Technical Direction for the Theatre Program. The position is also the advisor and mentor of undergraduate Technical Directors in the BA/BS/BFA programs of the OCA. Typically the faculty member in this position will serve as technical director for two or three productions per year. The Technical Director will be responsible for the training and supervision of student crews as part of the Theater Practice courses. Presence at production technical rehearsals is expected. The position will oversee the maintenance, troubleshooting, and organization of the theaters' scene shop and two theatres.
All faculty will contribute to the administration of the department and production management for relevant areas. These duties will include contribution to departmental committees, curriculum development, student advising, recruitment, budgeting, and participation at production and faculty meetings. As a tenure track position, the Technical Director will also be expected to maintain their professional development. This can be achieved by occasional outside work, publishing, conference attendance, workshop presentations, or involvement in professional organizations.

Areas of Instruction includes:


  • Intro through Advanced Stagecraft
  • Welding/Metalworking
  • Technical Direction
  • Rigging/Counterweight systems
  • Theatre Practice (Practical application in support of Dept. productions)
    In addition to instructional duties, this position will do the following:
  • Produce technical drawings based on set designs.
  • Produce technical drawings based on prop designs.
  • Determine materials to be used for sets and props.
  • Develop and organize budget sheets for all builds.
  • Provide students with experiential learning in drafting and construction.
  • Construct sets and oversee construction of sets by student workers.
  • Incorporate construction work patterns and safety regulations into the area of the program that concerns theatre technology and construction.
  • Organize and maintain all working theatre spaces (theatres, scene shop, scenery storage) so that mentored experiential learning can take place.
  • Responsible for development and implementation of technical theatre curriculum.
  • Reviews and approves curriculum taught by adjuncts or visiting professors.
  • Responsible for supervision and implementation of all scenic elements of Theatre productions. Works in conjunction with the Scenic Design faculty, Production Faculty and Staff, student crew leaders and student crews to fully realize scenic production elements for department productions.
  • Oversees planning, scheduling, build, load-in and strike of scenic elements in close cooperation with other production faculty.
  • Provides guidelines for safe and efficient operation of the scene shop.
  • Supervises the Stage Production Coordinator Staff position.
  • Directs the operation and safe practices of the scene shop with the Staff Stage Production Coordinator.
  • Assigns Theatre students responsibilities and crew positions commensurate with their experience and capability.
  • Supervises student scenery practicum.
  • Directs students in safe and proper techniques for building, moving, installing, and striking scenery.
  • Ability to execute designs within a specific schedule, track budget expenditures, and work productively within a high pressure environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with students, faculty, staff, guest artists, and other internal/external groups.
  • Works with the Stage Production Coordinator to maintain a safe, clean, workable scene shop.
  • Organize the use of shop spaces, storage areas, and coordinates the usage of the stage by Scenery, Props, Electrics and Sound.

    Work Conditions:
  • Ability to work with a flexible schedule.
  • Must be willing to work at heights, around moving machinery, and with exposure to noise, vibration, and dust.
  • Must be willing to travel and work at various sites.
  • Must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions while using the appropriate safety procedures.
  • Ability to work safely in an environment containing potentially hazardous electrical equipment, fumes, vapor, gases, and/or materials.
  • Possess a valid Driver's license (if out of state apply for Oregon Driver's License within 30 days of appointment) and have access to a vehicle for transportation to and from business related events.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
  • This position classification has been defined as “exempt” and is not subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the Oregon Revised Statues and is required to comply with the requirements set forth by the Oregon department of Human Services.

    Diversity Statement
    Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.

    Minimum Qualifications
  • A Master's degree (including 135 quarter-hours or 90 semester-hours of graduate work) in Theatre Technology or closely related field; or MFA (or ABD) in Theatre, Theatre Technology or related field.
  • Significant, demonstrable experience as a technical director in professional or university theatre.
  • Demonstration of effective teaching.
  • Demonstration of effective mentoring and supporting of student technicians and designers in the realization of theatrical productions in the educational environment.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cordially with fellow faculty, student designers, and guest artists and directors.
  • The desire, ability, and patience to effectively teach and train novice students.
  • The ability to successfully guide and support student designers and technicians in in the realization of their theatrical production elements as a key element to their training and experience in an educational setting.
  • Working knowledge of techniques, methods and procedures of theatre, including fabrication techniques in wood and metal, automation, theatrical rigging, drafting, proficiency in either AutoCAD or Vectorworks (preferred), production team management, electrics, and familiarity of appropriate safety precautions and procedures.
  • Must have strong working knowledge of scenic construction techniques, drafting, rigging, CAD drawings, and welding and related technical theatre specialties.
  • Evidence of sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students, and to staff and students with disabilities.

    Preferred Qualifications
    Five years or more professional experience in similar position.

    Physical Demands
    Must possess sufficient strength and stamina to lift and carry up to 50 pounds. Must be able to perform physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting, bending, standing, climbing, and/or walking. Must be willing to work at heights, around moving machinery, and with exposure to noise, vibration, and dust.

    This position is designated as a critical, security-sensitive or safety-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal Background Check.

    Posting Date

    Application must be received by:
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    Anticipated Appointment Begin Date

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    Job Duties


    Professorial: Teaching, scholarship, professional development and service.
    Percent of total time 100

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