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ASSISTANT TEACHING PROFESSOR - Technical Direction /UMKC Conservatory / Division of Theatre

University of Missouri - Kansas City
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University of Missouri-Kansas City


Theatre Division

The UMKC Conservatory seeks people who will help build the future of Conservatory education and research in the performing arts. We seek faculty who demonstrate a growth mindset, with an understanding that learning is an ongoing process. We seek faculty who believe that art has the power to help us understand ourselves, each other, and our culture while empowering us to move that culture forward. Qualified candidates will engage in work that appeals to, and positively impacts, the global population. They will work strategically in ways that adapt to the opportunities in their regions, and work within frameworks that embrace transdisciplinary possibilities. They will also be committed to UMKC's key values of Accountability, Learning, Respect, Diversity, Collaboration, and Integrity.

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Job Description


The Division of Theatre is looking for a Technical Director / Assistant Teaching Professor to help innovate and evolve its current programs in Technical Direction.  Duties and responsibilities include:

-       teach graduate and undergraduate courses in technical direction and related disciplines;

-       assess and develop coursework to reflect contemporary practices;

-       work collaboratively with the programs in the Conservatory including Opera and Dance;

-       mentor and advice graduate and undergraduate students;

-       participate in recruitment efforts;

-       develop course work in contemporary practices;

-       liaise between the Division of Theatre and its producing partners in Kansas City

-       contribute to the creative/scholarly, academic and service environments characteristic of a Conservatory within a University.   

Minimum Qualifications


Comprehensive knowledge of scenic materials and construction techniques including safety standards; rigging; automation; CAD proficiency; welding; and related entertainment technology.  Commitment to mentorship at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Professional experience in Technical Direction for the entertainment industry.  Terminal degree, or commensurate experience required.



9-month academic salary $50,000 - 65,000, commensurate with credentials and experience

Application Instructions


For consideration, you must apply online at , click in Academic Positions Job Opening ID ­­­­­­48715.

Please complete the online application form and provide:

-       your cover letter highlighting your career achievements which qualify you for a faculty position

-       curriculum vitae including educational background, previous academic appointments and artistic credentials

-       Digital Portfolio/Website

-       list of 3 professional references with current contact information

As practical, please  combine all application materials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as your resume attachment.  Limit document name to 50 characters and do not include any special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

-       If you are experiencing technical problems during application, please email .

-       For questions about the position, please contact including the Job Identification number 48715 and name of the position.

-       Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323. 

We will contact references and request educational transcripts for applicants who progress to the finalist stage.

Equal Employment Opportunity


Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person's success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.
In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.

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We offer full healthcare benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and university education benefits for all 4 UM System campuses for employees and qualified dependents . Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more. 

Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university's most important resource. 
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