College of Arts & Letters


Department of Theatre and Dance

Assistant Professor of Theatre Design and Production

Starting Date:

August 2022

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned MFA, or equivalent degree, in Theatre Design, Lighting, Scenic, Costume and/or Projection from an accredited institution (or equivalent) or a BA in Theatre (or equivalent) from an accredited institution (or equivalent), plus 10 years of relevant professional experience is required at the time of application.
2) Evidence of college or university level teaching experience in Theatre Design, Lighting, Scenic, Costume and/or Projection, or related fields.
3) Demonstrated advanced skills in Theatre Design, Lighting, Scenic, Costumes and/or Projection.
4) Evidence of professional work as a Theatre Designer.
5) Demonstrated experience working with and mentoring students and young designers.
6) Demonstrated experience in working effectively with students and/or collaborators from diverse backgrounds.
7) Evidence of engagement with issues of contemporary social, political and cultural significance.
8) Demonstrated experience working in a range of aesthetics, styles, venues, and possibly emerging technologies, with budgets small and large.  

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Evidence of successful teaching experience at the graduate level.
2) Demonstrated experience in a secondary Design area, or related field, in addition to the expertise area of the earned MFA or professional experience specialty.
3) Evidence of experience with television and film production, art direction and/or production design.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The successful candidate will teach a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses in introductory level design and technical areas, Lighting. Scenic and/or Costume Design, Projection, Rendering/Drafting, Advanced Topics in Theatrical Design and Technology, as well as Theatre History and Introduction to Theatre.  Additional responsibilities include: supervising production participation courses; mentoring student designers; and functioning as a Designer for selected Department productions.

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain currency in emerging stage technologies, and to work with the faculty to collaboratively build an exciting, contemporary design program in the heart of East Los Angeles.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

The College:

The College of Arts & Letters at California State University, Los Angeles, is a diverse and vibrant community committed to nurturing students in the arts and humanities, and to providing a distinctive liberal arts education to all Cal State LA students.

The College is home to nationally acclaimed undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities and the visual, media, and performing arts, delivered by an award-winning faculty committed to helping students reach their full potential academically, professionally, creatively, and personally.  Our nine departments (Art, Communication Studies, English, Liberal Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Television, Film & Media Studies, and Theatre and Dance) include programs that lead to Bachelor and Masters of Arts degrees, Masters of Music degrees, and Masters of Fine Arts degrees.

Located in one of the most vibrant and creative cosmopolitan centers of the world, our students have access to renowned venues and a rich variety of scholars, artists, and performers from a host of fields and professions. Our campus boasts one of the most diverse student populations in the country, a fact that helps us to prepare Arts & Letters graduates for successful careers in today’s multicultural environment and global economy.

The Department:

Studying Theatre at California State University, Los Angeles offers students the opportunity to discover and develop their own unique artistic voices in a collaborative and enriching learning environment.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is home to over 180 majors in the BA in Theatre degree (with options in Performance and Design & Production).  We also have Minor Programs in both Theatre and Dance, and are working with the TV, Film and Media Studies department to create a new Minor in Art Direction/Production Design.  The Department produces 6-8 theatre and dance events each academic year, offering students and audiences an array of contemporary, experimental, original theatre and dance productions.

The Department of Theatre and Dance along with the Department of TV, Film and Media Studies is also home to the MFA in Television, Film and Theatre.  Currently, 29 students in three cohorts including Content Creation, Writing and Acting work with faculty from both departments, as well as the students in the undergraduate programs.

The University Library at Cal State LA has partnered with the USITT Fellows Fund to establish the Design Resource Collection, which will provide students, faculty, researchers, and the Los Angeles community with a unique and diverse set of resources to engage, explore, and conduct research in the areas of Theatre and Performing Arts Production and Design.  The Design Resource Collection will include books and other resources covering a wide range of design related topics, including stagecraft, emerging theatre technologies, and many others.

For more information about the Department, please visit

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications. Please review the qualifications above and make sure you address all of the points listed.
2) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of students who are among the first-generation of their family to attend a college or university.
3) A curriculum vitae.
4) A list of three professional references.
5) A University Application for Employment Form
6) A portfolio file (either a PDF or a link to a website) containing demonstrations of your creative work in your design area(s).

Finalists will be required to submit:
Official transcripts.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: [email protected]. Please type “Theatre Design: Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee chair Meredith Greenburg at: [email protected] or 323-343-4110.

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to [email protected].

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.