Asst. Professor of Live Experience Design & Production: Sound Design, Engineering, & Technology

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) seeks an experienced and accomplished full-time faculty member to join the Live Experience Design & Production (LiveX) department to teach courses in sound design, engineering, and technology. This position is contingent upon funding.

PCA&D’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in LiveX combines interdisciplinary professional education in art and design with advanced study in live event and experience design, production, and technology. As a professional degree, this BFA ensures students obtain practical and professional knowledge in their field of study. More than half of the degree is dedicated to the major program, and major courses are offered through a transformative, collaborative partnership with the Academy of Live Technology at Rock Lititz (ALT at Rock Lititz), which embeds student learning within the live events industry and facilitates hands-on, project-based learning using industry-leading technology and facilities. Students study art and design at PCA&D’s Lancaster City campus and pursue advanced entertainment industry coursework at ALT at Rock Lititz’s educational facilities in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

PCA&D faculty are highly engaged and student-centered educators as well as active creative practitioners and industry professionals. The College values the faculty’s professional/industry experience and connections that can be leveraged to enhance curriculum and expand students’ career development through guest artist/lecture programs, industry engagement on campus and in the classroom, and other co-curricular activities.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate expertise in developing and teaching college-level courses, conducting course and program-level assessments of student learning, and facilitating student access to career pathways through their industry networks and connections. They will have experience and expertise in one or more of the areas of sound design, sound technology, FOH and monitor audio engineering, RF systems design and coordination, studio mixing, spatial audio, audio tracking systems, and sound system design for the live event industry. They will also be able to design a thorough and sequenced curriculum that covers multiple areas of sound design, audio engineering, and sound technology while leveraging industry connections to fill curricular needs outside the candidate’s area of expertise. The PCA&D/ALT at Rock Lititz definition of “live event industry” live event industry includes concerts and concert touring, special events, award shows, large-scale corporate events, virtual production, themed entertainment, sporting events, art or advertising installations and immersive experiences, and performing arts events including theater, dance, and opera.


Faculty duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Teach 18 credit hours per academic year, including the program’s sound design and production sequence and other program courses as needed
  • Student engagement and success support, which may include mentoring students, coordinating internships, industry experience, and developing co-curricular activities
  • Support the department chair and the College deans’ collaboration with the ALT program director and staff in both LiveX program operations and strategy, including curriculum development and assessment, industry engagement for student opportunities, industry engagement for guest/visiting artist and expert cultivation, and facilities use
  • Engaging in academic assessment
  • Contributing to student reviews
  • Collaborating with Admissions to recruit prospective students and review their portfolios
  • Participating in shared governance, which includes attending department meetings and engaging in departmental work, participating in Committee of the Whole, providing service on College committees, and collaborating with other college divisions in fulfillment of faculty duties
  • Contributing to and/or participating in College events and co-curricular activities appropriate to the position, including Commencement, Senior Show, Orientation, Colloquium, Gallery events, Admissions events and department events

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates should hold a terminal degree in sound design, engineering, and/or technology. Equivalent professional experience may be considered. Candidates should have both collegiate teaching experience and professional experience in sound design, engineering, and/or technology. Candidates should have well-established connections and networks in the entertainment industry.

Applicants who do not meet the qualifications stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training, and experience required for the responsibilities of this position. Statements must include detailed descriptions of skills and expertise obtained through five or more years of professional experience and explain how those acquired skills and knowledge prepare the candidate for effective teaching, academic assessment, and student-centered teaching approaches.

Application Materials and Deadline

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Link to applicant’s professional website
  • Contact information for (email address, phone numbers) for three professional references
  • Teaching Philosophy and relevant materials such as a sample syllabus, assignment, and rubric
  • Samples of student work
  • A one-page statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion as it directly relates to your teaching, research, contributions, and/or mentoring
  • Evidence or statement of teaching effectiveness

For full consideration, apply by January 15, 2024. Materials should be submitted via email to

About PCA&D

This is an exempt, full-time position, based on our Lancaster, PA, campus. PCA&D offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical/dental/vision, Life insurance, Short and Long-Term Disability, and a 403(b) retirement plan plus match after the qualifying period. The position is also eligible for paid vacation/personal time and paid holidays.

PCA&D is an equal opportunity employer and affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in compliance with all applicable laws in the admission of students, administration of programs, employment of faculty and staff, and any terms of instruction and employment. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) and gender non-binary persons to apply.

PCA&D is a private, independent college of art and design. The College is distinguished by its interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative exploration, and interdisciplinary learning opportunities. The College values diversity and has a growing record of academic achievement with first-generation students, students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, and other underrepresented students. PCA&D values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the college community and invites candidates who through their administration and leadership will contribute to our shared commitment to a diverse and inclusive academic art and design community.

About The Academy of Live Technology

The Academy of Live Technology is a UK-based institution of higher education and offers specialist degrees for the live events industry at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the United Kingdom. The ALT at Rock Lititz is their US-based operations that provides PCA&D students experience with hands-on practice and access to the ALT’s close partnerships with professionals and industry.

About Rock Lititz

Rock Lititz is a one-of-a-kind production community located in Lititz, PA. They support innovative creativity within the live event industry, offering design, engineering, and manufacturing resources and services for rehearsals and beyond. The campus houses many live event companies including Clair Global, TAIT, 4Wall, and many more.

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