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California State University, Fullerton is a large, comprehensive, urban university with more than 4,100 full-and part-time faculty and staff members, and a diverse student body of 40,235 enrolled in Fall 2016. The university offers a broad spectrum of degree programs in liberal arts and sciences as well as applied and professional fields with 57 at the baccalaureate level and 52 graduate programs including a doctorate in education and doctor of nursing practice. Learning is preeminent at Cal State Fullerton. We combine the best qualities of teaching and research universities where actively engaged students, faculty and staff work in close collaborations to expand knowledge. Research and other creative activities are enhanced by the proximity of the campus to nationally recognized business, cultural, and educational institutions. Faculty members were awarded more than $21.4 million in grants and contracts for research and scholarly activities in 2015-16. The university has a longstanding tradition of collegial governance. Cal State Fullerton is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. CSUF is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (the only one in Orange County) and an Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution. We are ranked 6th in the nation in terms of baccalaureate degrees awarded to minorities. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State Fullerton is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, disability or Veteran's status or other personal characteristics or beliefs.

Lighting Design

The Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of the Arts at California State University, Fullerton invites applications for a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor tenure-track faculty position in Lighting Design with appointment starting in Fall 2018.  CSUF values and is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse University community.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research, and service that they can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community.

The Department of Theatre & Dance serves approximately 600 Majors, with 27 Full-time and 28 Part-time Faculty and 14 Full-time Professional Staff in all requisite areas of design and production, and offers BFA Degrees in Acting and Musical Theatre, BA Degrees in Applied Studies, Playwriting, Directing, Dance and Design & Production, and MFA Degrees in Directing, and Design and Production.

The yearly season consists of up to 10 main stage and 8 second stage productions (performed, designed and staffed by students) including plays, musicals, dance and opera, produced in 5 spaces, utilizing a variety of faculty directors, graduate student directors and guest directors.

Cal State Fullerton Department of Theatre and Dance is fully accredited by NAST (National Association of Schools of Theater), NASD (National Association of Schools of Dance) and is a member of URTA (University Resident Theater Association) and USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology).  For more information about the department, please visit:

The qualified candidate could teach a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses (up to 3 per semester) in Stage Lighting: Fundamentals of Stage Lighting, Advanced Lighting Design, Automated Lighting, Advanced Topics in Theatre Design and Technology, Graduate Seminar in Lighting Design.  The candidate shall work closely with the Staff Master Electrician and full-time faculty in Lighting Design, supervising student designers from conception through realization, mentoring individual student design projects in lighting, maintain currency with emerging developments in lighting technologies.  The successful candidate will design lighting for selected Department productions.

Positive tenure and promotion decisions require the successful candidate to have excellent teaching skills coupled with the ability to serve on both Department and University committees. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute and collaborate regarding Department curriculum, policy and practice, as well as pursue scholarly/creative and service activities outside of the academy.



Rank and Salary
The position will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, tenure-track. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee-waiver; access to campus child-care; and a defined-benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, go to 

Appointment Date
August 2018

Application Procedure
A complete on-line application must be submitted in order to receive full consideration.  To apply, please go to: to view all job listings and select 9951BR to begin the application process and provide the following materials:

 Applicants will submit

  1. Cover letter (relating your experience to the required and preferred qualifications) addressed to Lighting Design Search Committee
  2. Current Curriculum vita/professional resume
  3. List of three professional references: name, best telephone contact number, email address
  4. Teaching Philosophy Statement
  5. Diversity Statement

Successful Candidates contacted by the Search Committee will be required to submit:

  1. Three letters of recommendations (see instructions below)
  2. Digital Portfolio of Creative/Scholarly Research
  3. Examples of specific course materials, syllabi, handouts, PowerPoint/Keynote presentations
  4. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dale A. Merrill, Dean, College of the Arts @ or call 657-278-3256.

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin immediately.  All applications received by March 15, 2018, are assured full consideration.  Position will remain open until filled.  Multiple positions maybe hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

California State University Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. EEO employer. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

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 Last Published 6/7/18