Texas Tech University

Assistant Professor of Costume Design

Position Number: 11822BR

Appointment: Tenure track, beginning fall 2018

Application Deadline: Review of applicants will begin October 30 and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience 

The Texas Tech University J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, in collaboration with the School of Theatre & Dance, is accepting applications for a tenure track faculty position as Assistant Professor of Costume Design. This position is for a nationally or internationally emerging or prominent designer with a commitment to helping to guide the theatre and dance programs to national distinction and nurturing the next generation of designers/educators/scholars enrolled in our BFA, MFA, and PhD programs. The successful candidate will begin service in this full-time position at the beginning of the 2018 fall semester.

Position Requirements: An MFA or PhD degree in Theatre Design with an emphasis in Costume, or equivalent professional experience. Experience teaching at the university level. Record of professional activity and or research that demonstrates emerging or established national recognition in the field of costume design is paramount. Candidate will continue professional research that is relevant to the current and future practice of costume design. Working knowledge of current practice and theory in costume design with a vision towards future developments. Commitment to quality, student-centered education and working as a team member. Strong evidence of the ability and desire to perform service: duties include, but are not limited to, recruiting, program-building, and commitment to extra-curricular activities in the school, college, and the university.

Preferred Qualifications: Ability to form partnerships within and outside of the university, regionally, nationally, and internationally. The ideal candidate will have superior knowledge and skills in costume design, construction, and technology, facility with costume history and an active record of costume research and design that includes community engagement and/or collaboration. Familiarity with current and cutting edge practices in costume design. Sufficient experience in teaching related to the position of hire.

Position Description:

The successful candidate will:

  • Develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in costume design, technology, and rendering, and develop strategies and execute recruiting to build the graduate program.

  • Continue to engage in nationally/internationally recognized creative professional practice and pursue continuing professional development.

  • Design for the production season at the School of Theatre and Dance, including mentoring and supervising student designers, collaborating with all production areas, and working closely with the costume shop manager and staff. Work with finance and budgets in a collegiate system.

  • As a collaborative departmental citizen, actively participate in departmental, college, and university service, including committee work and academic support services such as portfolio reviews; recruitment of students into the program; program review (including implementation and assessment of outcomes); maintaining the theatre area's accreditation with NAST; and student advising, supervision of student organizations, and participation in sponsored off-campus activities.

  • Work well with colleagues within and outside the School, particularly in building interdisciplinary collaborations.

  • Pursue external grants in support of research or creative activity, when appropriate and available in the faculty member's field, is encouraged.

The School of Theatre & Dance is NASD and NAST accredited. We stand committed to a lively combination of academic and scholarly studies with practical production experience.  Our 22 faculty and staff hold degrees from leading programs.  We serve approximately 180 undergraduate students in both theatre and dance and 60 graduate students who pursue the following degrees: BA in dance and theatre arts; BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in theatre; and an interdisciplinary PhD in fine arts. We are a dynamic faculty with a strong work ethic and a commitment to collaborative work in a collegial and mutually supportive environment. Our graduates head arts programs throughout the region and across the country and work in professional venues on both coasts as well as in film and television. The School has many prominent alumni, including G.W. Bailey, Barry Corbin, and Jaston Williams. For more information, visit theatre.ttu.edu.

The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts comprises the School of Art, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre & Dance, accredited by NASAD, NASM, NAST, and NASD, respectively. TTU is the only public university in the state accredited in all four arts areas, and boasts many acclaimed alumni, including Susan Graham, Terry Cook, Ann Sanders, Jennifer Smith, Scott Dadich, Susanne Klotz, and D.J. Stout. With more than 120 faculty members and approximately 1,100 students, the College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the terminal MFA, DMA, and PhD degrees.  Our unique PhD program in Fine Arts provides interdisciplinary education in the visual & performing arts combined with philosophical aesthetics. For more information, visit www.vpa.ttu.edu.

Texas Tech University, established in 1923, is a Carnegie Highest Research Activity university and the largest comprehensive institution of higher education in the western two-thirds of the state (a region larger than 46 of the nation's 50 states). The university's 1,839-acre Spanish Renaissance style campus, which serves approximately 36,000 students, is the only one in Texas that is home to a major university, law school, and medical school. Lubbock, the hub of the South Plains, has a multicultural area population of almost 300,000 and offers a quality living experience with a semi-arid climate and housing costs below the national average. The city supports a symphony orchestra; several museums; the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts; numerous galleries; and a variety of music, dance, and theatre performances. Lubbock's airport offers direct flights to Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Denver, and Las Vegas.

Apply online at http://www.texastech.edu/careers/ Position Number: 11822BR

Please provide the following with your application:

1. Letter of Application with description of expertise
2. A one page teaching philosophy & a one page artistic philosophy
3. Curriculum Vitae
4. List of three references with contact information
5. Link to portfolio


Equal Employment Opportunity Policy: As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

Contact: Professor Norman A. Bert, Chair of Costume Designer Search Committee.