Job Description

Assistant Professor of Technical Direction

Posting Numberreq6560
Employment TypeFaculty
Faculty TypeTenure/Tenure-Track
Hiring DepartmentTheatre and Dance (652A)
Academic LocationCollege of Fine Arts
CampusMain - Albuquerque, NM
Benefits EligibleThe University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information.
Position Summary

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico seeks an Assistant Professor of Technical Direction beginning August 2019. Nine-month contract with full benefits. This is a probationary position leading to a tenure decision.

The University of New Mexico is the flagship school of higher learning in the state. The Department of Theatre and Dance has 200 undergraduate majors and Masters degrees in Dramatic Writing and Dance. It produces two main stage theatre productions, and one faculty dance concert in a 412-seat modern proscenium theatre, and two main stage theatre productions in a 100-seat flexible black box theatre. For further information please visit our website at:


Service: Qualified candidates will be able to teach all aspects of technical direction, including but not limited to all levels of stagecraft and 2D CAD. Manage all aspects of department’s scene shop and three producing facilities with one other full-time employee. Work with faculty and student scene designers in the implementation of their designs and technical production elements. Production Manager duties include: supervise, plan, and coordinate the budgetary, design and technical aspects of the department’s production season and facilitate an occasional rental. Organize and run the weekly productions meetings. Generate appropriate calendars and maintain deadlines. Manage the department’s three theatres and scene shop to safe and professional standards.

Ability to teach 3D computer-aided drafting and design (CAD), automation, welding, rigging, and metal fabrication specifications is also highly desirable.

Two courses per semester.

Artistic/Scholarly activity: The candidate should have and maintain a national/ international presence as a theatre professional in the area of technical direction and or production management.

Professional and academic activity in scene design, lighting design, sound design, and/or projection design is welcome as a secondary.


Minimum qualifications:
M.F.A. by appointment date or five years professional experience as a working Technical Director. At least one year of teaching at the university level.

referred Qualifications:
More than three years of teaching at the university level. Sustained record of university and/or professional technical direction and/or production management. National and international presence as a theatre professional. Record of professional activity. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

Application InstructionsInclude a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, a list of three references, and a diversity statement addressing contributions to diversity through research, teaching,Contact Sarah Lentz 505-277-2737

Applicants who are appointed to a UNM faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial employment with UNM.

For Best ConsiderationFor best consideration, please apply by 1/29/2019. This position will remain open until filled.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

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