Assistant Professor of Sound Design, Tenure-Track

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere


The University of Connecticut (UConn) is pleased to invite
applications for a faculty position in the Department of Dramatic Arts
at the rank of Assistant Professor of Sound Design (tenure-track).

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to creative
research and scholarship through extramural funding, high-quality
productions, and impact as measured through national recognition,
reviews, or award nominations. In the area of teaching, the successful
candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the
undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses
and mentoring of students in research, outreach, and professional
development. Further, successful candidates will be expected to
broaden participation among members of underrepresented groups;
demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement
the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate
multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research
tools; leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to
meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.
Candidates will also be expected to participate in departmental and
university service to support curricular and program development and
advise undergraduate students in the department.

The University of Connecticut’s Department of Dramatic Arts offers BFA
degrees in Design/Technical Theatre, Acting, and Puppet Arts, and a BA
degree in Theatre Studies. The Department offers an MFA degree in
Theatre with concentrations in Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting
Design, Technical Direction, Acting, Puppet Arts, and Arts Leadership
and Cultural Management. Its MFA programs in Performance and
Design/Tech are rated among the top six by the University/Resident
Theatre Association. The unique, internationally acclaimed MFA Program
in Puppet Arts offers training and experience for students across the
Department in innovative puppet and object performance. There are
twenty-six members of the full-time faculty.

The Department of Dramatic Arts is resolutely committed to fostering
an inclusive, accessible, and equitable environment for all members of
our community. With that affirmation in mind, historically
underrepresented and/or marginalized groups of all held identities,
are actively encouraged to apply, and your offerings of continued
accountability are welcomed.

The Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) prepares students by blending
education and industry. Created as a training ground, and modeled on a
stand-alone LORT/regional theatre, CRT produces four Main Stage
productions per academic year (two in the 486-seat, proscenium-stage
Harriet Jorgensen Theatre and two in the 241-seat, thrust-stage Nafe
Katter Theatre) and two Studio productions in the 116-seat Studio
Theatre. The CRT has a professional staff of ten, several of whom also
teach periodically.

Also housed within the School of Fine Arts are the Department of Art &
Art History, Department of Music, Department of Digital Media and
Design, William Benton Museum of Art, Jorgensen Center for the
Performing Arts, and Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and
member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship
institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs,
CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and
Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental
Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has
approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including
nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional
students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research
activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the
nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn
embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged
citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn
promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the
social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and
beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research
excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to
communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and
innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting
opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate
applications and support for student success have enabled the
University to become extraordinarily selective.

The UConn Storrs campus is in a beautiful area of New England, with a
moderate cost of living and proximity to major cultural, recreational,
and urban centers of the Northeast. The University community provides
residents with a rich diversity of cultural, artistic, athletic, and
historic experiences. UConn is ranked as the top public university in
New England, and among the top 25 public universities nationwide.


* Teaching a 2:3 teaching load, including the existing entry-level
undergraduate Sound Design courses; graduate sound engineering
courses; development of a Sound Design curriculum.

* Advising student designers during the design development process,
production meetings, technical and dress rehearsals, as well as
during load-in/outs.

* Active, on-site supervision of student crews for any activity
involving rigging and safety.

* Designing and/or composing for shows where there is no qualified

* Responsibility for the overall sound budget, sound system
maintenance, updating and maintaining the inventory and equipment
list, and the procurement of new equipment.

* The opportunity to develop a Sound Design MFA program within the
Design and Technical Theatre program.

* The opportunity to develop courses that would be cross-listed and
contribute toward program curricula within the School of Fine
Arts, which includes the Music, Digital Media and Design, and Art
and Art History programs.

* Engagement in focused and significant creative activity that leads
to regional and national recognition in the candidate’s area of


* MFA in Sound Design or related terminal degree with at least 3
years of professional experience in sound design for the
theatrical stage.

* Experience designing and installing theatrical sound systems
including speakers, microphones, mixing consoles, assisted
listening systems, and the rigging of these components.

* Demonstrated experience supervising, mentoring, or teaching.

* Demonstrated knowledge of the major digital sound software,
including but not limited to QLab.

* Demonstrated ability to synthesize, record, manipulate, and edit
sonic material from analog and/or digital sources.

* Excellent collaboration and communication skills: be well versed
in scheduling, planning, and organizational techniques.

* Demonstrated capacity to apply diversity, equity, and inclusion
principles in the classroom, production, and/or academic
communities, including creative experience (or capacity) to center
the voices of historically underrepresented communities.


* Demonstrated experience with digital consoles and recording
technology, wireless microphone operation, equipment maintenance,
and troubleshooting.

* Familiarity with live sound reinforcement techniques, systems
engineering, and room balancing.

* Familiarity with recording studio and voice-over techniques.

* Experience in sonic composition including recording, mixing, and

* Experience in musical composition, arranging, and production
(recording, editing, mixing, mastering, etc.).

* Demonstrated ability to collaborate with non-specialists and with
performance mediums outside of theatre, which may include music,
film or television, online /video gaming, performance art, dance,
virtual or augmented reality, or other hybrid performance mediums.

* 1-3 years of experience teaching at the undergraduate or graduate

* Experience in teaching and/or mentoring individuals identifying as
part of historically underrepresented communities, and/or
first-generation, international, or non-traditional students.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an
anticipated start date of August 23, 2022. The successful candidate’s
academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be
asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their
ordinary workload. In addition to a robust benefits package, the
salary will be commensurate with qualifications, ranging between
$60,000 and $66,000.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following
application materials:

* A cover letter describing how your experience dovetails with the
minimum and preferred qualifications;

* Curriculum vitae;

* A sample of your work that demonstrates how you meet the minimum
(and, if applicable, preferred) qualifications;

* Contact information for three references including at least one
that can speak to your experience in supervising, teaching, or

* Please answer the following questions in 500 words or less each:

1. How you would contribute toward diverse, equitable, and
inclusive classroom environments, theatrical productions, or
the UConn community at large. You are welcome to describe past
or planned creative activity, service, or mentoring

2. What interests you creatively? What are some of the things
that you intend to pursue as a part of your work that we
should know about?

3. What goals and methodologies do you use when supervising,
mentoring, or teaching in a more formal setting?

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. Preference will be
given to applications received by February 28, 2022. For more
information regarding the Department of Dramatic Arts please visit the
Department website at ( Any questions about
the posting should be addressed to the chair of the search committee,
Michael Chybowski at

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is
complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics
which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting
a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff.
The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as
does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians
who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research
centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research,
diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of
the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are
the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant,
multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative
Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages
applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and
members of traditionally underrepresented populations.


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