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Tenure Track, Assistant Professor of Set Design

Howard University

Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts

Department of Theatre Arts Search

Tenure Track, Assistant Professor of Set Design


Howard University (HU) invites applications and nominations for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Set Design for the Department of Theatre Arts.

We are searching for a skilled, self-motivated set designer faculty member to join our Theatre Arts Department. In addition to teaching classes in their field, the set designer’s responsibilities also include analyzing scripts, collaborating with the Artistic Direction team and the production director, researching historical and architectural details, providing cost and time estimates, and ensuring all sets meet safety standards. The set designer should be able to collaborate with different creative teams and stay motivated while working long hours.

To be successful as a set designer in the Department of Theatre Arts, you should be able to delegate tasks, make decisions under pressure, and provide clear instructions. Outstanding candidates have a keen eye for detail, strong creative vision, and the ability to maturely process criticism.


Set Designer Responsibilities:

  • Teaching courses in set design to undergraduate Theatre Arts students.
  • Understanding scripts and production specifications and collaborating with the director to design the layout and look of the set.
  • Liaising with the costume, prop, make-up, lighting, and camera crews to confirm set details.
  • Delegating tasks, developing time schedules, and ordering required materials for the set.
  • Researching historical, architectural, and cultural details and incorporating these into the set.
  • Supervising set construction and communicating with set builders.
  • Selecting lighting, furniture, wall and floor coverings, and all other props used on set.
  • Producing models for the director’s approval and implementing changes as required.
  • Providing cost estimates and negotiating with vendors to secure the best deals.
  • Inspecting stage entrances and exits to ensure the set is positioned correctly and performing quality assurance on all aspects of the set.
  • Briefing crew and actors on set safety and explaining how the set operates.


Set Designer Requirements:

  • An MFA in Set Design or terminal degree in a related field.
  • Evidence in curriculum development.
  • Knowledge of 3D design, architecture, or interior design would be advantageous.
  • Student oriented.
  • Excellent creative intelligence and time management skills.
  • A good eye for detail and the ability to generate many ideas.
  • Deadline-driven and committed.
  • Experience working in film, theatre, or television is a plus.


Established in 1867, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral/research extensive university located in Washington, D.C., and is widely recognized as one of the world's most prestigious institutions of higher learning. This renowned urban research university offers a world-class curriculum that includes undergraduate degrees in 80 subject areas, master's degrees in 75 majors, doctoral degrees in 31 disciplines and professional certification in 5 fields. The only comprehensive American university with a predominantly African American constituency, Howard University is committed to preparing its students to not only be respected leaders in the national and global communities, but to also promote social justice and democracy the world over. Howard has historically educated more African American PhD’s than any other university. It has a track record, for more than a century as the home to the single, largest concentration of Black scholars in the world.

Procedure for Candidacy

Applications should include a cover letter and curriculum vitae and must be submitted electronically to:

Dr. Ofosuwa M. Abiola

Howard University


Confidential review of materials and screening of candidates will begin immediately. The Set Designer position is open until filled.


The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability. Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities, equal employment opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources at (202)238-5960.


Howard University

Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts

Department of Theatre Arts Search



TYPE: Full-Time

The Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University invites applications for a full-time non-tenure track faculty position in the nationally renowned Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Musical Theatre program. This is a full-time, one-year appointment for AY 2021-22. The position will work with the faculty of the Musical Theatre Program, and faculty in the other four concentrations, to continue to build on the Program's many strengths in voice, dance, and acting for the musical theatre artist.

As a historically Black private university committed to developing distinguished, historically aware, and compassionate graduates we seek an artist/educator with training and experience that will support our diverse student body and increase the incorporation of inclusive and forward-moving pedagogies in our classrooms. The ideal candidate will demonstrate success in teaching and guiding students who come from a diverse personal, educational, artistic, and socio-economic background.

Duties primarily include teaching private voice, acting and musical theatre history to BFA musical theatre majors.

In addition to teaching the technique surrounding the voice for musical theatre, there is an expectation that the studio time includes ear training, musicianship, and song interpretation. Classical repertoire and technique are also a part of the studio training. The position also requires the candidate to teach courses based in musical theatre acting techniques, auditioning, and the history of musical theatre. Participation in student recruitment and other faculty activities is expected.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for remaining current in the field with regard to evolving styles, techniques, and pedagogy in voice and acting.


Preferred Qualifications:

MFA in Musical Theatre or related discipline completed by date of employment.

Teaching experience at the university/college level.

Ability to serve as a pianist for class and production work when needed.

Experience as an artist, performer, musical director, or director on Broadway or in major Regional Theatre venues.


To apply, please submit the following.

  1. Letter of application addressing the listed requirements.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Three letters of Recommendation emailed to Dr. Abiola (see email address below)
  4. Links to online video or audio recordings representative of the applicant’s career.


Send your letter of application, CV, and links to:

Dr. Ofosuwa Abiola                  

CC: Brittany Chanell Johnson

SUBJECT: Lecturer of Musical Theatre - [NAME]