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Assistant or Associate Professor in Theatre - Costume Design

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC

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Functional Title:

Assistant or Associate Professor in Theatre - Costume Design

Position Type:

Tenure Stream

Position Eclass:

FC - Faculty 9 month Non Leave earn

University Information:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

UNC Greensboro is a minority-serving institution with an undergraduate population of 49% historically underrepresented students and 67% female-identifying students. The College of Visual and Performing Arts seeks to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position. UNC Greensboro is an inclusive learning community with a campus-wide culture that embodies access, equity, diversity, excellence, and collaboration. With an enrollment of over 19,000 students, including 3,800 graduate students, and 2,800 faculty and staff, UNC Greensboro is a leader in the UNC system with respect to access and inclusion. UNC Greensboro is located in a metropolitan area of more than 1.6 million in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Appalachian Mountains. UNC Greensboro is an EOE/Affirmative Action/M/F/D/V employer and is strongly committed to achieving equity with respect to faculty hires.

The School of Theatre is committed to creating and developing a diverse, engaged, artistically well-balanced body of future theatre professionals, performers, and teachers. Our mission is to nurture our students’ dreams, enhance their talents, and help them to turn passion into purpose, on and off the stage.

The School has a vibrant and racially diverse student population. We recognize the need to move toward creating an actively anti-racist and anti-biased space of creative practice. Our community seeks candidates who are invested in creating communities of practice and care in which access is paramount. We have 17 full-time, professionally active faculty members who serve over 300 students in BA and BFA concentrations and in MFA programs in Acting, Design, Directing, and Theatre for Youth. The School mounts a yearly season of as many as a dozen plays and musicals, along with student-driven work.

The School educates and trains students as professional artists in performance, design and technical production, theatre for youth, and theatre education. Our rigorous BA, BFA, and MFA programs produce exemplary theatre artists with the knowledge, skills, and vision to work professionally in the performing arts. Our annual production season includes four mainstage productions in the Taylor Theatre; three-to-four productions in the Sprinkle Theatre, our studio black-box/arena theatre; and the spring regional tour of the North Carolina Theatre for Young People.

Our performance faculty offers practical experience and training in specializations such as Stella Adler, Konstantin Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner, Cicely Berry, Augosto Boal, Michael Lugering, Kristin Linklater, Catherine Fitzmaurice, among others. Our design and technical production faculty and staff provide extensive professional experience and training in scene, lighting, sound, and costume design including specialties in mask-making, welding, and CAD design. The School also offers training in theatre education, theatre for young people, musical theatre and provides opportunities for developing skills in marketing, ticketing, and front of house operations.

As a member of numerous national theatre organizations, including USITT, SETC, TCG, MTEA, and AATE, the School offers a rigorous theoretical and practical education, along with valuable opportunities for students to network with theatre professionals and showcase their own work. Theatre students enjoy continuous opportunities to meet, learn from, and engage with leading industry professionals with guest artists. A range of professional workshops, master classes, presentations, and class visits keep our students abreast of the latest developments and techniques across the industry and further enhance their prospects for a wide range of careers.

Our students graduate well-equipped to embrace and create opportunities in performance and production in theatre, film, and television—as actors, writers, directors, stage managers, designers, sound engineers—and business operations. Other students harness their passion for performance and learning to become teachers across all education levels, preparing the next generations of young artists and theatre-goers.

Position Summary:

The School of Theatre at UNC Greensboro invites applicants from a diverse group of candidates who are experienced and actively engaged in advancing equity and inclusivity in their teaching and professional/creative practice for a tenure track position in Costume Design at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor beginning August 1, 2022. We seek a versatile costume designer committed to implementing the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of their practice.

Responsibilities include teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, collaborating with a robust team of design faculty, costume staff, and student designers, and potentially designing costumes for School productions. Courses offered include topics such as costume design, digital rendering, and other design and technical theatre courses as qualified. Candidates fluent in a variety of costume-related skills, global and inclusive costume studies, and practiced in costuming diverse populations are preferred. Candidates with university-level teaching and/or mentoring experience in both design and production are highly desirable. Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

MFA or MA in Theatrical Design or equivalent professional experience such as community-based professional engagement in the theatre arts with specialization in costume, costume technology, costume history, or equivalent professional experience. Applicants should have special expertise in costume design and experience working with diverse student populations at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels and a demonstrated commitment to ongoing development of diversity competencies such as racial literacy and culturally responsive pedagogy.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • University-level teaching and/or mentoring experience is highly desirable.
  • Expertise in a variety of costume-related skills and global and inclusive costume studies is preferred.

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application should include a cover letter, current CV/resume, a statement that reflects your approach to teaching costume-related courses, and a list of three references. In your cover letter and teaching statement, describe how you incorporate principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in your teaching and artistic practice. Applicants have the option to upload a link to their professional portfolio.

Recruitment Range:

Commensurate with experience

Org #-Department:

School of Theatre - 12222

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Physical Effort:

Hand Movement-Repetitive Motions - F, Hand Movement-Grasping - F, Holding - F, Finger Dexterity - F, Vision-Skilled Trades - F, Reading - F, Writing - F, Eye-hand coordination - F, Vision-Color Distinction - C, Vision-Preparing/Analyzing figures - F, Vision-Visual inspection - F, Vision-Measuring/Assembling at distance close to eye - O, Hearing - F, Talking - F, Standing - O, Sitting - O, Walking - O, Lifting-0-30 lbs. - O, Lifting-30-60 lbs. - R, Lifting-60-90 lbs. - R, Lifting-90 plus lbs. - R, Pushing/Pulling - O, Climbing-Stairs - F, Climbing-Ladders - O, Bending - O, Squatting - O, Crawling - R, Reaching - O

Work Environment:

Driving - Car/Truck - O, Driving - Standar/Automatic - O, Equipment/Machines - Ladders - O, Equipment/Machines - Step Stools - O, Night/Dark - O, Extreme noise levels - R, Extreme temperatures - R, Inside - C, Outside - R, Ventilation ConditionsDust - R, Ventilation ConditionsFumes - R, Ventilation ConditionsChemicals - R, Exposure to potential Hazardous Conditions - R, Chemical Spills - R, Infectious Bacteria - R, Acidic Harsh or Oily Substances - R, Use of Respirator - R, Electrical Hazards - R, Overtime - O - F, Driving - Mower/Forklift - Never, Location - Trees - Never, Location - Air vent - Never, Location - Roof - Never, Equipment/Machines - Heights - Never, Equipment/Machines - Roofs - Never, Ventilation ConditionsGases - Never, Gas Leaks - Never


UNCG at a Glance

Founded in 1891, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the largest and most diverse state university in the Piedmont Triad. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make. 

With more than 19,400 students and 2,500 faculty and staff, UNCG is the largest state university in the Piedmont Triad and has an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion. The campus has grown to include 30 residence halls and 30 academic buildings on 210 acres.

UNCG takes pride in being a learner-centered public research university. The College of Arts & Sciences and seven professional schools offer 79 undergraduate majors, 65 master's programs and 30 doctoral programs.

The university holds two classifications from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as a “research university with high research activity” and for “community engagement” in curriculum, outreach and partnerships. More than $35 million in grants and contracts for research and creative activity are awarded to faculty members annually. Among the most prominent of UNCG's research initiatives are the Gateway University Research Park and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. Both are partnerships with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Globalization of the curriculum has expanded opportunities for international education, through new programs such as the UNC Exchange Program and the Lloyd International Honors College. In addition, innovative signature programs such as Building Entrepreneurial Learning for Life (BELL), Communication Across the Curriculum, Undergraduate Research and Freshman Seminars enhance the student experience.

As a cultural leader, UNCG offers concerts, lectures, dance and theater performances, exhibitions at the internationally known Weatherspoon Art Museum and readings by nationally known authors. In athletics, Spartan teams compete in nine women's and nine men's sports in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. With ethnic minority students making up 26 percent of the student body, UNCG is the most diverse of the UNC system's historically white campuses.

Although much has changed, some things remain the same. The university motto — “Service” — continues to be a guiding principle put into practice through all aspects of university life.

UNCG Schools and College of Arts & Sciences

The University's Academic Affairs Division consists of seven academic schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School and the Lloyd International Honors College. The names below are the ones currently in use. In some cases, the names have changed since the academic units were founded. The schools and their dates of establishment are: Graduate School 1921-22;College of Arts & Sciences 1969, Lloyd International Honors College 2005, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering 2007, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business & Economics 1969, School of Education 1921, School of Health and Human Sciences 2011, School of Music, Theatre and Dance 2010, and School of Nursing 1966.

Achievements & Accolades

UNCG is garnering national attention and awards for its challenging academic programs, supportive environment and engaged community. Take a look at some of our latest accomplishments and meaningful contributions on campus, in the community and around the globe. Curious about more accolades, achievements, our student body, faculty and staff excellence and other signs of our success? Find out more at UNCG Now:

Challenging Academic Programs

U.S. News & World Report ranked three UNCG online programs among the best in the nation in the 2015 list of Best Online Programs.

UNCG’s slate of online programs has earned a top 10 ranking for affordability from

The graduate program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies has earned a Top 10 ranking by the The HDFS Report.

Supportive Environment

UNCG is a Military Friendly School for the fourth straight year, putting it in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide that are doing the most to support veterans and ensure their success.

UNCG is ranked among the best colleges for your money nationwide by College Factual, a new site that guides students through the college selection process.

The Education Trust singles out UNCG among the nation’s universities for its success at closing the gap in graduation rates between black and white students.

Engaged Community

For the fifth year in a row, UNCG has earned the “Tree Campus USA” designation for promoting healthy trees and encouraging the spirit of conservation. 

UNCG’s innovative dynamic mailbox system has been honored as one of University Business Magazine’s Models of Efficiency.

For the eighth consecutive year, UNCG is highlighted on Washington Monthly’s list of American universities that contribute most to the public good.

Careers at UNCG

UNCG is committed to the creation of an inclusive, collaborative and responsive university by attracting, retaining and developing a diverse community of talented individuals in support of the university's mission.

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