Assistant/ Associate Professor of Theatre (Costume Design)

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Assistant/ Associate Professor of Theatre (Costume Design)

Rock Hill, SC.
Open Date:
Nov 18, 2022

WINTHROP UNIVERSITY seeks a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Theatre, specializing in Costume Design. Responsibilities include teaching Costume Design, History of Dress and Decor, Stage Makeup, Costume Production, and other courses based on special skills or interests. The candidate is responsible for 12 credit hours or 18 contact hours a semester, comprised of a combination of coursework, designing costumes for main-stage productions in both theatre and dance, and supervising/mentoring undergraduate designers in costume, and makeup design. This position will collaborate with the part-time costume shop supervisor, as well as student workers. The start date is August 14, 2023.

Salary and rank are dependent upon qualifications. This position requires daily contact with students, faculty, and staff on campus. Additionally, the successful candidate may be expected to occasionally participate in events in the evenings and on weekends. Winthrop enrolls a diverse student body, which closely mirrors the racial and ethnic diversity in the state, and has recently received accolades for its success in graduating students of color.


  • Teach undergraduate Theatre courses
  • Design costumes for Theatre and Dance productions
  • Supervise/mentor undergraduate designers in costume, and makeup
  • Maintain creative/scholarly activity as demonstrated by an active research profile
  • Participate in curriculum development, accreditation, assessment, and program planning
  • Engage in professional stewardship and academic responsibilities to the department, college, university, discipline, and community, as appropriate
  • Participate in recruiting as well as other service and professional activities, and professional organizations related to the field
  • Assume other responsibilities according to departmental needs and the candidate's qualifications

About the Department of Theatre and Dance
The Department of Theatre and Dance fosters individual students’ aesthetic, intellectual, and creative development within the context of a liberal arts education as they pursue a Bachelor of Arts in theatre or dance. The Department offers BA degrees with emphases in Theatre Performance, Musical Theatre, Theatre Design/Tech, Teacher Certification in Theatre (K-12), Dance, and Teacher Certification in Dance (K-12). Through class instruction, private coaching, mentoring, and performance, the department advocates both theoretical and creative exploration to achieve an understanding of the social, political, historical, and technological aspects of theatre and dance. The department offers minors in theatre and dance and welcomes all students to enroll in courses and audition for productions. The department presents four main stage productions (three in theatre, one in dance), a student choreography showcases, and as many as five studio dance/theatre productions and other informal performances each year.  The department also regularly hosts festivals, and students join faculty in travel to professional conferences. The department employs twelve full-time faculty and ten adjunct faculty to work with 130+ theatre majors and 40+ dance majors. Winthrop is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the National Association of Schools of Dance.

About Winthrop University

Founded in 1886 and located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Winthrop University offers its 4,400-plus undergraduate and graduate students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement. In its degree-granting Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop embraces only those programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level.

Winthrop is well known for its inclusive and supportive campus environment, with University College supporting programs in both academic and student affairs. Winthrop University is achieving national stature as a competitive and distinctive co-educational, public, residential, comprehensive, values-oriented institution. The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for the University’s continuing development and shape Winthrop’s continuing success. Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the Winthrop Experience, including the most recent U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Winthrop as one of the top 10 public comprehensive universities in the South. Winthrop is an active member of the Rock Hill community and is recognized as a key component of the region’s economic resurgence. Approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina, Winthrop has direct access to and is engaged in a broad and expansive regional arts and business community. Winthrop’s beautiful campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The attractive recreational and research complex area that surrounds Winthrop Lake is home to Winthrop’s 17 Division I men’s and women’s sports.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master of Fine Arts in theatre (completed by contract start date)
  • Evidence of effectiveness in teaching undergraduate costume design and production classes at the undergraduate level, including current design practices, hand and digital drawing and painting
  • A record of scholarly/creative activity in costuming for plays, musicals, and dance
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three or more years of post-secondary teaching experience
  • Experience working with diverse student populations
  • Willingness to collaborate, communicate, and contribute to the growth of the department
  • Commitment to a liberal arts tradition of undergraduate education

Application Instructions:

Application Deadline:  January 9, 2023; application materials received after the deadline date may be considered if an acceptable candidate has not been found.

  • Cover letter addressing interest in and qualifications for the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A statement on the candidate's commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • A one-page statement of teaching philosophy
  • The names, email and phone numbers of three references familiar with the candidate’s qualifications
  • Transcript and evidence of highest degree achieved (unofficial transcripts acceptable at this stage)
  • Digital Portfolio or link to website

Questions about the position and nominations should be directed to Daniel Gordon, chair of the search committee: [email protected].

Position is pending funding availability

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Winthrop University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Ideally situated in the heart of the Carolinas, Winthrop University is a highly ranked public, comprehensive university in Rock Hill, South Carolina, that is committed to be among the very best institutions of its kind.  Founded in 1886, Winthrop offers its students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement.  Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the “Winthrop Experience,” including the most recent US News & World Report’s ranking of Winthrop as one of the top-10 public comprehensive universities in the South.  

Winthrop Mag fall 2017Today more than 5,000 undergraduate and 1,000-plus graduate students are enrolled at Winthrop University.  The University recruits South Carolina’s most able students as well as highly qualified students from beyond the state whose presence adds diversity and enrichment.  Winthrop prides itself on being the institution of choice for groups traditionally under-represented on many college campuses, providing Winthrop faculty with the opportunity to create a teaching legacy that not only changes individual lives, but reshapes whole family trajectories.

Where we are matters, and Winthrop’s presence is significant.  Winthrop University is an active member of York County and recognized as a key component of the region’s economic growth.  With Charlotte  less than 20 minutes away—and 300-plus Fortune 500 Companies in Winthrop’s backyard—formal and informal community partnerships are numerous, threading through school and business networks. While Winthrop students have options about where they conduct their experiential learning, faculty and staff are privileged to select a residence from neighborhoods large, small, or somewhere in-between.  During holiday, Winthrop faculty find themselves a short drive from either the mountains or the beach.

Included in the National Register of Historic Places, Winthrop’s campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings.  The attractive recreational and research complex area that surrounds Winthrop Lake is home to Winthrop’s 16 Division I men's and women's sports. The physical beauty of Winthrop’s campus is a source of great pride, one that reflects the learning community for which it provides a foundation.  


Whether in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, College of Education, or College of Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop University offers only those degree programs that can be delivered at an exemplary level.  High-impact practices such as first-year experiences, common intellectual experiences, undergraduate research, and global learning are embedded throughout the curriculum, encouraging active teaching and learning.  At Winthrop, faculty—not teaching assistants—are the lead facilitators, class sizes are small enough that teachers know their students by name, and faculty research agendas often include student collaborators. 

Quality student life programs supplement the academic, providing opportunities and services to foster student development along cognitive, personal, and interpersonal dimensions.  Students pursuing lifetime wellness can run alongside their faculty at the Lois Rhame West Health, Physical Education and Wellness Center where members can access a climbing wall, four racquetball courts, a 25-yard pool with 8 lanes, four basketball courts, an 8,000 square foot weight room, 2,000 square feet of cardio space with four additional cardio stations, and two aerobic/activity rooms. 

Inside—and outside—the classroom Winthrop prioritizes a learning environment that produces Winthrop graduates who:

· Think critically and solve problems 


· Are personally and socially responsible 


· Understand the interconnected nature of the world and the time in which they live 


· Communicate effectively 


Faculty and staff who expertly model and teach these competencies are an excellent fit at Winthrop and a critical ingredient in the Winthrop Experience.  We encourage you to review current openings and bookmark our jobs page for future possibilities.






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