Visiting Assistant Professor, Costume Design

Tulane University
Tulane University, Dept. of Theatre and Dance, New Orleans, LA
Visiting Assistant Professor, Costume Design

Tulane University, Dept. of Theatre and Dance, New Orleans, LA
Open Date:
Jun 21, 2021

The School of Liberal Arts, Department of Theatre and Dance seeks to hire one Visiting Assistant Professor in the area of Costume Design for one-half year from January 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022, with extension possible to 2022-2023 Academic Year.  It is a  non-tenure track Visiting Assistant Professor position in the area of Costume Design.   The appointment will begin Jan. 1, 2022 and will carry a one-half year salary of $21,000 through spring 2022.  The full-year salary is $42,000.    

We have particular needs in the following areas:

  • Teaching: Undergraduate students and MFA graduate students:
    •  Costume Design I, II, and III (graduate students), Design for TV (graduate students), Production & Design I and II (undergraduates), Rendering, Portfolio Design (graduate), Period Styles/Research Projects (all graduates), or other as mutually agreed upon with Design Faculty and staff.
  • Coordination of costume design assignments and input for season selection relating to costume needs.
  • Costume Design will be needed for one production in Spring 2022, Sophokles Antigone, translated by Ann Carson.

The position is a full-time, non-tenure track position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. Teaching load is 3 courses per semester.


The candidate is expected to have a graduate MFA degree in Costume Design, professional experience, and a record of teaching costume design vs. costume crafts/technology, at the college level.  Graduate level teaching experience also preferred. Responsibilities are teaching costume design and design-related courses and assignments/play selection input for production season. The best candidates will have experience working with college student costume designers and collaboration skills.  This is not a costume crafts nor costume technology position, but rather a focus on costume design. 

  • Skills and expertise: professional expertise in costume design research, costume design, drawing and rendering, historical context, period styles, teaching at college level, and collaboration.
  • Preferred: Professional experience in the field of costume design and teaching costume design at college level, including graduate students.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin July 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. All application materials must be submitted through Interfolio.  Required materials include a cover letter describing qualifications and interest, a current CV, and a teaching portfolio (which may include syllabi, a teaching statement, and course evaluations).  The search committee seeks candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Hence, applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this objective. In your cover letter, please also provide digital link to costume design portfolio. Please provide names and contact information for three professional references when you complete the online application.  Questions may be directed to Barbara Hayley, Professor and Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance, School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University. ([email protected])

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