Assistant Professor of Practice, Lighting and Sound Supervisor - The University of Texas at El Paso

Assistant Professor of Practice, Lighting and Sound Supervisor - The University of Texas at El Paso

locationEl Paso, TX, USA
PublishedPublished: 1/17/2024
Administrative Staff
Full Time

About The University of Texas at El Paso:

Set against the backdrop of the Franklin Mountains in the Chihuahuan Desert, The University of Texas at El Paso is located along the U.S.-Mexico border in one of the world's largest binational communities.

UTEP's award-winning, sustainably designed campus landscape and unique Bhutanese architecture create an energizing and tranquil oasis in the bustling El Paso-Juárez metroplex of more than 2 million residents. El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of more than 800,000 people that offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It has been repeatedly named among the safest large U.S. cities and is one of the largest bilingual, binational, multicultural communities in the Western Hemisphere.

El Paso experiences almost 300 days of sunshine annually, and residents enjoy outdoor activities year-round. The City of El Paso is adjacent to the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it an ideal venue for academic programs and research studies on topics of national interest, such as bilingual education/language acquisition, border environment and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, health disparities, and international trade and commerce.

Job Description:

The Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at El Paso invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of Practice in Lighting and Sound. This position is for a prominent or emerging designer who is committed to educating and cultivating the next generation of theatre professionals, educators, and leaders while serving UT El Paso's dynamic student population and contributing to an inclusive framework of excellence.  The successful candidate will begin service in this full-time renewable position in fall 2024.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Supervise the lighting and sound shop.
  • Serve as or supervise student master electricians and sound design.
  • Design lights and/or sound for the department production season including new, devised, and student-led work while mentoring and supervising student designers and    technicians.
  • Collaborate with all production areas and work closely with the head of lighting, teaching assistants, and staff.
  • Form working partnerships beyond the department to produce new work and scholarship and create community engagement.
  • Teach undergraduate theatre courses at the lower and upper division level, including but not limited to lighting design, theatre graphics (drafting), principles of lighting and   sound,   introduction to theatre.
  • Manage the budgets for both the lighting and sound shop and season productions within the larger University system.
  • Contribute harmoniously to the department's work with the values, vision, and mission of UT El Paso and the Department of Theatre and Dance.
  • Mentor students in academic and career planning.
  • Develop and maintain a record of service and continued professional growth.
  • Perform additional service duties including student recruitment, curricular assessment and revision, season selection, departmental representation, etc.


  • Terminal degree in lighting or sound design or equivalent professional experience.
  • A demonstrated commitment to serving and mentoring a diverse population in a student-centered educational environment.
  • Evidence of substantial experience in programming, electrician, drafting and digital design techniques.
  • Working knowledge of current technologies, safety, and pedagogy.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and resource/time-management skills.
  • Evidence of excellence in mentorship.
  • A commitment to collegiality within and outside the university.

Additional Information:

Salary: 9-month appointment salary starts at $50,000

Hiring decisions are based on budget approval.

In keeping with its access, excellence, and impact mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries-including the filing of a Formal Complaint or reporting an incident-about the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, who can be reached by phone at (915) 747-8358, by email at titleix@utep.edu, or by mail at 500 W. University Ave., El Paso, TX, Kelly Hall, Room 312.

For accommodation information for employees and applicants with disabilities, please contact UTEP's Equal Opportunity Office at eoaa@utep.edu.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin November 27, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. All applicants must submit:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Link to digital portfolio or website
  • List of three references
  • Statement of mentoring/teaching philosophy with a focus on UTEP as an HSI.


 Sample syllabus from previous teaching experience.

More information about the Department of Theatre and Dance can be found on our website at https://www.utep.edu/liberalarts/theatre-dance/

Questions about the position should be sent to Carolyn Cubit-Tsutsui, Chair of Search Committee cacubittsutsui@utep.edu