Ohio State University, Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts

Position ID:OSU-Theatre,Film,andMedi-AP [#22535]
Position Title: Assistant Professor
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Theater Studies / Lighting Design
Appl Deadline:2022/11/06 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/09/09, finished 2023/05/13)
Position Description:   URMs  

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Department: Theatre, Film, and Media Arts Position: Lighting Design Rank: Assistant Professor


The Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts at The Ohio State University invites applications from emerging or accomplished lighting designers and educators in the field of live performance for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 15, 2023.

This colleague will join a department that includes designers, directors, filmmakers, critics, theorists, historians, performers, technicians and makers of new work. A willingness to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries is encouraged, both within our department and beyond. This teaching artist will contribute to vibrant undergraduate programs and restart our successful MFA program in lighting, currently on hold.

Among more than a dozen faculty in the department, their colleagues will include three design faculty and six production staff members, including a Lighting Studio Manager, all of whom teach in our programs. This new colleague will help inaugurate an all-new facility housing performance venues, production studios, offices and classrooms, scheduled to open in the fall of 2023. This facility, the newest addition to Ohio State’s Arts District, will help connect our teaching and practice to other departments and centers including Art, Dance, Music, The Wexner Center for the Arts, and The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design.

Duties include instruction of undergraduate and graduate courses from introductory to advanced levels; mentoring and advising of students; curriculum development where appropriate; scholarly research and/or creative practice in the discipline; service to the department, the university and the field; and collegially contributing to the educational mission of the department and the university. The teaching expectation is four courses per academic year, with one course reduction annually the first four years of employment. Duties may include designing within the department’s season.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates must hold a relevant terminal degree (MFA or equivalent by August 15, 2023). Successful candidates will have significant lighting design experience in the profession, demonstrated excellence in teaching, and a commitment to mentoring students of diverse backgrounds and levels of experience. The ideal candidate will contribute to the diversity of the department by bringing a perspective, way of thinking, and/or a unique set of experiences that expand the conversations and practices in our field and open the doors to a broad range of students and practitioners.

Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

About Columbus:

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the Midwest’s fastest-growing city and the nation’s 14th largest city. Columbus offers a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods and a vibrant arts and culture scene. Additional information about all that the Columbus area has to offer is available at https://visit.osu.edu/experience.

Application Instructions:

Apply to Academic Jobs Online at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22535. A complete application consists of a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a portfolio of your work, the names of three references, and three personal statements including: a statement on research and/or creative practice, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a diversity statement articulating your demonstrated commitment and capacity to contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through research, teaching, mentoring and/or community engagement. Review of applications will begin on November 6, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Brad Steinmetz at steinmetz.25@osu.edu.

The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. In support of this, The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has created the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to focus on supporting new and prospective faculty. This support includes dual careers services, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are available to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering The Ohio State University and throughout their transition.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. Over the next few years, The Ohio State University is committed to welcoming 350 new faculty hires, many of which will contribute to growing our role as a premier research university equipped to answer and interrogate the critical domestic and global societal challenges that deter equality and inclusion. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:

Further Info:
email address
1089 Drake Performance and Event Center
1849 Cannon Dr
Columbus, OH 43210-1266