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Tenure-track Position Theatre Design & Production

Berea College
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Berea, Kentucky

Tenure-track Position Theatre Design & Production

The Berea College Department of Theatre invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position for an Assistant Professor in Scene & Lighting Design to begin August 2023. An MFA Theatre Design or equivalent required at the time of appointment. We welcome applicants with deep experience in one area of design with the desire to pursue other design areas as part of their professional development. 

The successful candidate will:

  1. Design scenery, lighting, and projections/media (if necessary) for all main stage productions, typically 3-4 per year.
  2. Teach a variety of Theatre design and technology courses, in addition to teaching courses based on departmental and college-wide need. A course release is available per term for design and technology responsibilities. Faculty are expected to teach, when possible, in the General Education Program. 
  3. Oversee scene, sound, and lighting shops and supervise a safe, professional environment, assisted by the Shop Supervisor.
  4. Mentor students who are studying design and technology through the Co-curricular Production Program and the Labor Program.
  5. Share technical directing duties with the Shop Supervisor.

The Department of Theatre is interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community through their research and/or creativity, teaching, and service. Applicants should submit a current CV, a cover letter that includes a statement on the attraction to Berea College, most recent transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. 

Founded in 1855, Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. Berea has a longstanding commitment to interracial education and is one of the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. With an emphasis on service to Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 43 states and U.S. territories and more than 70 countries. Berea College admits students who are unable to afford tuition and provides all of them a no-tuition promise, valued at more than $178,000. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive yet demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to attend college. As one of only nine federally recognized Work Colleges, all Berea students are expected to work 10-12 hours weekly in various positions across campus. Berea College was again named one of the nation’s “Best Institutions for Undergraduates to Earn their College Degree” in the 2022 edition of The Princeton Review’s book, The Best 387 Colleges. Berea also appeared on four other lists within the publication: Best Colleges in the Southeast; Best Value Colleges; Best Green Colleges; and Tuition Free Schools. Berea College is ranked #148 by The Princeton Review–the highest-ranked Kentucky college, and the #3 “Best Value College” in the nation. Berea is one of only two private institutions ranked in the Top 10 for Value in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (THE) 2022 College Rankings. The Washington Monthly ranks Berea College #13 among the nation’s liberal arts colleges, recognizing Berea for maintaining “consistently high rankings thanks to their economic diversity, relatively strong graduation rates and commitment to meeting students’ financial need.” U.S. News and World Report Rankings lists Berea as #30 among National Liberal Arts Colleges, including ranking Berea #1 in Service Learning, #2 for Most Innovative Schools, #3 in Co-ops/Internships, #4 in First-year Experiences, and tied for #13 in Best Undergraduate Teaching.

 Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 16,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at

Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.

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