Assistant Professor of Costume Design

  • Deadline / Program Start: 2022-12-01
  • Organization: UTEP
  • Organization Type: College/University
  • Career Type: Teaching Artist, Educator
  • Grant / Salary: $58,000
  • Location: El Paso, TX
  • Primary Discipline: Theatre (non-musical)
  • Recurring: Array
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The Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at El Paso invites applications and nominations for the position of tenure track Assistant Professor of Costume Design and Technology. This position is for a prominent or emerging designer who is committed to educating and cultivating the next generation of theatre professionals, educators, and leaders while serving UTEP’s dynamic student population and contributing to an inclusive framework of excellence. The successful candidate will begin service in this full-time renewable position in fall 2023.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

Design costumes and hair/makeup for the departmental production season including new, devised, and student-led work while mentoring and supervising student designers and technicians
Collaborate with all production areas and work closely with and supervise the costume shop manager, teaching assistants, and staff
Form working partnerships beyond the department to produce new work and scholarship and create community engagement
Develop and teach new undergraduate courses that emphasize a commitment to social responsibility, advocacy, and engagement as they relate to the evolving field of costume design
Manage the budgets for both the costume shop and season productions within the larger University system
Contribute to the Department’s justice, equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives and work in harmony with the values, vision, and mission of UTEP and Theatre and Dance Department
Mentor students in academic and career planning.
Develop and maintain a record of national service and continued professional growth
Pursue external grants in support of research or creative activity, when appropriate and available in the faculty member’s field
Perform additional service duties including student recruitment, curricular assessment and revision, season selection, JEDI (Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion), departmental representation, etc.
Minimum Qualifications:

An MFA or other terminal degree in Theatre or Art with an emphasis in costume design, or equivalent professional experience
Extensive professional experience in costume design at the regional, national, or international level
A demonstrated commitment to serving and mentoring a diverse population in a student-centered educational environment
Experience in all areas of costuming design including: patterning, draping, construction, rendering, digital design techniques, makeup, and hair & wigs, etc.
Working knowledge of current trends in costume design, technology, safety, and pedagogy
Excellent communication, organizational, and resource/time-management skills
A commitment to collegiality within and outside the university
Additional Preferred Qualifications:

Professional affiliations with United Scenic Artist #829
A secondary expertise in another area of design
Prior experience or exposure to Theatre for Healthcare Equity training or related modalities for creative collaboration between theatre and healthcare.
Salary: 9-month appointment salary starts at $58,000.

Hiring decisions are based on budget approval.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee’s or prospective employee’s right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries-including the filing of a Formal Complaint or reporting an incident-about the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, who can be reached by phone at (915) 747-8358, by email at, or by mail at 500 W. University Ave., El Paso, TX, Kelly Hall, Room 312.

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