Theatre Arts - Costume Design & Technology, Full-Time, Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor

Job description

Special Instructions to Applicants

Required Documents

Cover Letter

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Philosophy

A list of four references with contact information

College/Department Overview

The University of Central Oklahoma Department of Theatre Arts invites applications for a tenure-track position in costume design and technology. This position includes academic, design, and service responsibilities in a theatre arts department offering B.F.A. degrees in Theatre Performance, Design and Technology, and Theatre Education/Communication. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate course work in stage costume, stage makeup, costume design, and period styles. Additional responsibilities include designing costumes, hair, and makeup for theatre productions and assisting the College of Fine Arts and Design costume shop with its production season, which include works of musical theatre, dance, and opera. The position also requires service commitments to the university, college, department, and professional organizations; participation in shared governance of the theatre department; the recruitment, retention, and mentorship of undergraduate students in design and technology; and active participation in the advancement of the Design and Technology B.F.A. degree program. Finally, the successful applicant will demonstrate excellence in teaching and the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students. Applicants who enrich the diversity and inclusiveness of the campus community are especially encouraged to apply.

Position Overview

Teaches, advises and mentors students, evaluates student performance, and maintains department and student records in accordance with university policies. Adheres to the educational philosophy of the university. Works in a collaborative manner with colleagues and professional peers. Participates in university meetings that relate specifically to faculty. Serves on department, college, and university committees as requested. Prepares departmental reports as requested. Engages in teaching, service, and scholarly and/or creative activities as defined by the tenure and promotion policy in the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbook.

Department Specific Essential Job Functions


Teach twelve credit hours per semester including courses in stage costume, costume design, stage makeup, period styles, and other courses as assigned.

Design one production per semester and assist the costume shop with additional productions.

Supervise and mentor students working on costume designs, portfolios, or independent projects.



Research/Creative/Scholarly Activity

Engage in professional activity in area of specialization at local, regional, and/or national level.

Participate in UCO Theatre Arts outreach projects, including work with local schools, colleges, community theatres, and/or professional theatres.



Service commitments to the university, college, department, and professional organizations.

Active participation in the UCO Theatre Arts recruitment and retention plan.

Qualifications/Experience Required

Teaching, research, departmental/school and university service is expected. An earned doctorate degree awarded by a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution in the field specified in the position announcement (exceptions require Academic Affairs approval). **NOTE** If the doctorate is not obtained and submitted by the time of employment, the position rank will change to TT-Instructor.

Qualifications/Experience Preferred

M.F.A. in Costume Design

Minimum of three years university teaching experience.

Demonstrated excellence in teaching stage costume, costume design, and stage makeup.

Demonstrated professional experience in costume/makeup/hair design.

Demonstrated experience in student mentorship, recruitment, and retention.


Reports to the Chair of the Department and the Dean of the College.

Physical Demands

Repetitive movement of hands and fingers - typing and/or writing. Frequent standing, and/or sitting. Occasional walking, stooping, kneeling or crouching. Reach with hands and arms. Visually identify, observe and assess. Ability to communicate with supervisor/students/colleagues. Regular physical attendance required. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.




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Posted: 2/7/2019
Application Due: 4/24/2019
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