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Instructor/Assistant Professor of Theatre and Technical Director

Department: Fine Arts
Position:  Full-time temporary instructor/assistant professor, 10-month position, non-tenure track
Salary Range:     Instructor $34,000-$41,000; Assistant Professor $42,000-$47,000
Union Affiliation:  MEA/MFT
Posting Date: May 2018
Start Date:  August 1, 2018


The University of Montana Western seeks to fill a full-time, one-year Instructor/assistant professor of Drama/Technical Director position in the areas of Technical Theatre and Production, beginning August 1, 2018.  The position requires 12 hours of course instruction per semester, teaching courses in technical theatre as well as general education theatre courses depending on his/her qualifications.  The university has two drama minors – one in K-12 teacher education and one in liberal arts.

The successful candidate will:

  • Serve as Technical Director of the recently renovated 450-seat theatre and a small 130 seat proscenium theatre built in 1896, as well as support spaces including the scene shop.

  • Collaborate with calendar and staffing for university and community events (approximately 2 per month) booked into the theatre facility, supervise all speech reinforcement devices for all productions in two theatres with student and theatre faculty assistance.

  • Design department production elements and/or assist student designers including scenic and lights; for 2018-19 one major production and 2 one-acts are planned, as well as a student-produced 10 Minute Play Festival.

  • With other theatre faculty supervise, assist and train stage management students, stage crews and 4 work study students.

  • Monitor the condition of shop and stage equipment and maintain inventory of technical equipment and supplies.

  • Develop and enforce safety procedures for proper operations of equipment with the assistance of campus facilities staff.

  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment and maintain safety documentation with assistance of campus facilities staff.

Required Qualifications

  • MA or MFA in theatre design or related field, from accredited institution with professional and/or university experience in theatre production.

  • Position requires sitting, standing, walking, bending, kneeling, and/or stooping during the rehearsal process, in the scene shop, and in classroom settings.


Send letter of application responding to the job description, a curriculum vita, transcripts, evaluations of teaching, if available, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three (3) current professional references.  Application materials may also be made into a single pdf document and attached to an email.  Please submit materials to:

Patti Lake
Payroll & Benefits Supervisor
Administration and Finance
The University of Montana Western
710 South Atlantic St
Dillon, MT 59725

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Judy Ulrich via email @ or by calling 406-660-0221.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 60 full-time faculty and 1,500 students. It is located in Dillon, Montana in the scenic Rocky Mountains and has been awarded numerous top national rankings for delivering high quality, affordable education.

Montana Western is the only public four-year college in the nation offering Experience One (X1), experiential learning delivered on the block schedule. Class sizes are small and students take a single course at a time, three hours each day for 18 days, before moving on to the next course. Each course is four credits and four blocks are offered each semester. The block schedule facilitates field and lab work, undergraduate research, study travel, and interdisciplinary teaching. Montana Western’s faculty strongly believe in mentoring and inspiring students, and assisting them in the transition from university life to professional careers.

The University of Montana Western is an integral part of the Dillon Community. With a population of 5,000 people, Dillon is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities, and an excellent quality of life.

The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Qualified candidates may request veterans‚ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. Finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal background investigation.

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