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Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts in Scenic and Lighting Design

Linfield College, an undergraduate liberal arts institution, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts in Scenic and Lighting Design to begin July 2019. This faculty member will focus on and provide leadership in the design facet of the theatre program. An MFA in scenic design completed by August 2019 required. Experience in scenic and lighting design required. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in scenic and lighting design and related topics, designing scenery and lighting for up to four main stage productions annually, and engaging in professional activity. Linfield College enrolls a diverse student body; 60% of students are New Majority students composed of students of color, first-generation, transfer, and Pell-eligible students. All applicants must demonstrate a promise of excellence in working with students from diverse backgrounds. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2018, and continue until the position has been filled. To apply complete the online application process at



  1. Teach undergraduate theatre courses, including scenic design, lighting design, fundamentals of theatre design and drawing, and topics in theatre design and technology.
  2. Design scenery and lighting for up to four productions annually, including new and devised works.
  3. Teach other courses in areas of theatre expertise.
  4. Contribute to the Theatre Program's diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  5. Mentor students as an advisor in academic and career planning.
  6. Maintain professional artistic program or otherwise pursue professional achievement beyond teaching and service.
  7. Perform other responsibilities as appropriate for a faculty member at a liberal arts college, including assisting with student recruitment and participation in faculty governance.



MFA in Scenic Design by August 2019

The ideal candidate will have experience that demonstrates:

  1. Successful teaching at the collegiate level, including theatre design courses;
  2. Success in scenic and lighting design at the collegiate level, including engagement with emerging design technologies;
  3. Ability to teach traditional design practices and innovative design skills;
  4. Skill with projection and automation design;
  5. A collaborative approach to a general theatre education that values development of students with a broad range of knowledge and skills in theatre performance, production, and scholarship;
  6. Effective mentoring of undergraduate students including New Majority students (students of color, first-generation, transfer, and Pell-eligible students);
  7. Ability to work with a wide range of culturally diverse students;
  8. A commitment to experiential learning and dynamic pedagogical practice;
  9. Excellent organizational and communication skills that demonstrate collaborative engagement with students and colleagues;
  10. Multi-discipline approaches to creative projects;
  11. Breadth of educational background, with experience that values critical thinking, interpersonal relationships, and interdisciplinary work preferred;
  12. Dedication to institutional and community service.


Application Procedures: 

To apply, please complete the online application process at and attach the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • Teaching Statement
  • A statement outlining the applicant's plan for contributing to diversity and inclusion within the Linfield community
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, preferably including syllabi and teaching evaluations
  • Online portfolio of creative work
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable at application phase)
  • A list of five references, including current email addresses and phone numbers.

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Linfield College is actively engaged in promoting, advancing, and confirming our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We believe that a diverse and vibrant Linfield contributes to academic excellence and critical thinking. We welcome applicants who bring a diversity of identity, culture, experience, perspective, and thought. All candidates are encouraged to address how their professional and lived experience, scholarship, teaching, mentorship, and/or service will build on our diversity and inclusion efforts.


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 Linfield College is an independent, coeducational comprehensive college that combines a strong emphasis on the liberal arts with a commitment to professional and interdisciplinary programs. Linfield offers high quality academic programs and emphasizes strong support for individual students with a favorable student-faculty ratio of 10 to 1. The College is historically affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A. and is committed to the principles of academic and religious freedom. Linfield is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

The McMinnville, Oregon campus includes 79 buildings on 189 acres. A second campus, located in northwest Portland at the Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, is home to the School of Nursing. A third program, Linfield College Online and Continuing Education, offers students the opportunity to pursue coursework, degrees, and certificates online.

Enrollment totals more than 2,200 with students coming from 24 states and 24 countries. Linfield is ranked 1st among liberal arts colleges in the Pacific Northwest for ethnic diversity of students according to the 2018 US News & World Report. The College was also ranked 27th nationally by The Economist magazine in 2015 for future economic value based on average salaries of graduates. Linfield is consistently named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll which recognizes commitment to civic engagement and service-learning.

Linfield places a strong emphasis on experiential education that creates a rich learning environment. Special features of the College include study abroad programs in fifteen countries; a one-month January Term for intensive study; and internships and student research opportunities in a variety of disciplines. Half of all Linfield graduates study outside the U.S. and the College pays the full airfare for every student's first study abroad experience. 

McMinnville is at the heart of Oregon's wine country in the Willamette Valley. The city is 35 miles from Portland and an hour from Pacific Ocean beaches. "Sunset" magazine ranked McMinnville as a top 20 "dream town" and "Bon Apptit" rated the city one of the six "foodiest towns" in the United States. In a state famed for its incredible natural beauty, the Northwest Oregon region also provides easy access to a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. 


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