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Instructional Assistant Professor of Lighting Design


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Theatre & Film (10000892)
Employee Designation:  Temporary Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Position Description

The Department of Theatre & Film at the University of Mississippi seeks applications for an Instructional Assistant Professor of Lighting Design to begin August 19, 2021. An MFA is required at the time of hire for this full-time, nine-month, position. Responsibilities include collaborating with faculty and staff in the theatre area in the offering of a BFA emphasis in Design & Theatre Production at a Research I University; teaching a variety of lighting design, programming, drafting, and production based classes; and performing service appropriate to the position including recruitment and participation in shared governance. Maintaining a record of professional creative work outside the department will be encouraged. Other responsibilities may include designing in our mainstage season and mentoring lighting design students on creative projects. The department currently enrolls 120 majors with 18 full-time faculty and offers a BA degree in Theatre Arts, a BFA in Theatre Arts with emphases in Acting for Stage and Screen and Design & Theatre Production, as well as a BFA in Film Production. The University of Mississippi, which has been recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education for twelve consecutive years as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, is located in Oxford, MS, ranked as one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns”.

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Non-Tenure Track

Application Procedures

Applicants should complete the University’s online application form at AND submit a cover letter, an updated Curriculum Vitae, and a list of three references that the committee may contact. Additionally, candidates are asked to submit a teaching philosophy as well as a statement on your commitment to diversity and inclusion. More information about the department can be found at

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi