Lecturer in Sound Design
University of California Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies
United States

Lecturer - Sound Design - Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Job #JPF02161
  • College of Letters & Science - Arts & Humanities - Theater, Dance & Perf Studies

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 20th, 2020

Next review date: Monday, Aug 3, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jul 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies (TDPS) at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications from qualified temporary instructors to teach a course in Sound Design for Performance. We welcome experienced educators who have a broad range of sound design skills that are specifically related to theater and dance making. It is expected that instructors will reside in the Bay Area during the term of employment, which would start Spring 2021 (Spring semester begins January 12th, 2021 and ends May 14th, 2021). This position is for one course, at 33% time.

Responsibilities may include (but are not limited to): Teaching one or more lecture courses, holding regular office hours, assigning grades, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and maintaining a course website.

Basic Qualifications (by time of application): Bachelor's degree (or international equivalent degree) or professional certificate.

Additional Qualifications (by start date): At least 1 year of experience teaching at college or high school level.

Preferred Qualifications (by start date): 3 years of professional experience working in the theater in sound design. Experience teaching classes to students who have various levels of sound design skills and ability; experience and interest in community engagement; experience mentoring and advising students; experience working in collaboration with other faculty members (specifically theater design faculty and staff, as well as technical director and production manager). Finally, the applicant should contribute to the overall curriculum; and have an understanding of the larger intellectual context of performance studies. An MFA or other terminal degree in sound design is preferred but not required.

Salary Range: Commensurate with college teaching experience, in accordance with the current Unit-18 lecturer salary scale and its provisions. Minimum starting annual full-time (100%) salary rate is based on an academic year salary of $56,381.

UC Lecturers are academic appointees in an organized bargaining unit and are exclusively represented by American Federation of Teachers - Unit 18.

The Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies is part of the Division of Arts and Humanities in the College of Letters and Science. Its programs integrate undergraduate and graduate instruction with student participation in theater, dance, and performance studies. There are approximately 100 majors in addition to 25 students pursuing a Ph.D. in the Graduate Group in Performance Studies. Approximately 400 students are enrolled per semester in courses that engage in participation in productions as actors, dancers, builders, stage crew, stage managers, directors, choreographers, or designers. The department has an active performance season and offers upper division courses in theatrical design and technical theater.

The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC Berkeley through their work. The Department seeks candidates whose teaching and service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion and to increasing the participation of individuals from groups historically underrepresented in higher education. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. The University undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for covered veterans. UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.

To apply, please go to the following link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF02161

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

Please note: The use of a lecturer pool does not guarantee that an open position exists. See the review date specified in AP Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for a specific position. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

Please direct questions to Megan Lowe - Office Manager of Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies - mlowe@berkeley.edu

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Learn More

More information about this recruitment: http://tdps.berkeley.edu/


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Sample Syllabus - Sample Syllabus for a college level course in sound design for the stage
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).
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