Cardinal Stritch University

Job Description


Job Title:                                Full-time Faculty, Assistant Professor (and Technical Director)           

Department:                          Theatre                                  

Reports To:                            Chair Performing Arts 

Exempt/Non Exempt :           Exempt          

Prepared Date:                      August 2017


Summary: The faculty member teaches a full load (24 credits), participates in scholarly and professional activities, and provides service to the university, college and department.   Other essential functions include: Professionalism; Collegiality; Attendance, punctuality; Confidentiality; and Meeting Travel Requirements.  12 of the 24 credits are assigned to duties as Theatre Technical Director.  (See “Other duties and responsibilities” below).


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Teaching
    • Meets all classes according to established schedule
    • Writes, revises and submits syllabi according to specific college requirements
    • Provides appropriate assessment and grades
    • Advises students regarding course selection and program progression
    • Submits grades to registrar in the specified time frames
    • Selects and orders textbooks
    • Maintains a minimum of three posted office hours per week for advisement with students and be available for students who cannot meet during the assigned times
    • Maintains and submits grade reports and attendance records to appropriate personnel within college/university deadlines


  • Scholarship
  • Participates in the development and review of curriculum in collaboration with department colleagues
  • Maintains a scholarly knowledge-base by research and writing
  • Maintains membership and participation in professional societies
  • Provides expertise in guiding university, college and/or department in accreditation/certification activities
  • Develops and maintains a networking relationship with professional, business and other external community leaders
  • Participates in grant writing


  • Service
  • Attends all faculty institutes commencements and convocations and other major activities of the department, college and university
  • Participates in department and college meetings as scheduled
  • Assists in on-campus student recruitment activities
  • Serves on one university committee and on college/department committees as needed
  • Serves on faculty and other search committees
  • Directs assigned student research advisees in courses (e.g., BA and MA Capstone courses)
  • Writes letters of recommendation for students
  • Acts as faculty advisor to student organizations
  • Supervises internships/field experiences/practical/clinical experiences


  • Other duties and responsibilities

50% (12 of 24 credits) are assigned to role of Technical Director in the Theater department:

  • Responsible for the safe operation of the Scene Shop and Supervision/Management/Hiring of Scene Shop student workers, maintaining regular scene shop hours and extended hours according to show needs.
  • Executes the build and implementation of approved technical designs on all University Theater productions to University standards in collaboration with Artistic Director and Production Team.
  • Operates, maintains and safeguards the technical assets of the theater, including the supervision of lighting, sound, communications equipment, and the use/maintenance of stage facilities.
  • Maintains effective organization and storage of props, furniture and other theatrical assets.
  • Collaborates with student production workers, lighting, set and sound designers, on the technical specifications, costs and use of technical equipment required for the individual shows.
  • Monitors the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; arranges for the repair and replacement; performs preventive maintenance on equipment.
  • Assists with the preparation and control of production budgets; maintains inventory and order of special supplies.
  • Assists in the hiring of contractors and outside artists to execute production season.
  • Collaborates with other departments and advises on other projects in the theater space as necessary to fulfill University Mission and maintain smooth operation of the space from use to use.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervision of the Scene Shop, including a staff of student workers. Scene shop will operate under regular weekly hours and will have extended hours based on production needs.


Education and/or Experience:

  • Masters Degree (minimum) or Ph.D. or MFA (preferred) in their discipline of study.
  • Experience in a professional Scene Shop setting (Technical Director or Assistant Technical Director capacity preferred.)
  • (Preferred) Expertise in Scenic, Sound or Lighting Design.
  • Administrative/leadership experience with proven success in higher education.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of their field of expertise.
  • A commitment to Catholic higher education in the Franciscan tradition.
  • Experience with a multi-cultural educational setting that promotes unity, access and quality.

Language Skills:

  • Ability to read write in English language and understand University communications, reports and documents.
  • Effective oral communication skills, strength in writing, demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, and experience working with foundations, benefactors, faculty and adult learners.
  • Ability to effectively state a case for mission.
  • Excellent interpersonal/customer service skills, with both internal and external constituents.
  • Solid ability to solve problems, resolve conflict, mediate and collaborate.
  • Multicultural sensitivity.

Mathematical Skills: 

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.


Reasoning Ability:

·         High ability to analyze, prioritize, organize and resolve problems;

·         Ability to see connections; mental flexibility and creativity.


Computer Skills:

  • Considerable experience with drafting software such as CAD
  • Average computer skills, including Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.
  • Comfortable using electronic mail and the Internet.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • None


Other Skills and Abilities:  

  • Ability to think, act and work independently as well as with a variety of teams/groups.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Possesses a high degree of self-motivation and attention to detail.
  • Ability to creatively execute ambitious designs on-time and within budget to professional standards.
  • Ability to understand and demonstrate collaborative, value-based servant leadership both inside the department, across the University and among constituents.




Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.


Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.


  • The work environment for this position is both a classroom and scene shop setting as well as a black box and 400-seat proscenium theater