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Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, Speech, & Dance (Costume Design)

William & Mary
William & Mary

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Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, Speech, & Dance (Costume Design)

Unit Mission Statement:

The Department of Theatre, Speech, and Dance is committed to preserving, transmitting, and expanding our understanding of these disciplines within the larger context of a liberal arts education. A hallmark of the department’s mission is the active integration of scholarly and artistic work in both courses and productions. `The disciplinary relationship between Theatre and Dance offers a unique environment in which to explore and study performance and production from a multi-disciplinary and collaborative perspective. Students are offered a course of study designed to develop creative potential, foster inventive thought, and contribute to an appreciation of humankind’s artistic, intellectual, and cultural heritage.

The Department is committed, through its productions, to providing cultural resources for university and community audiences, including classical and contemporary works that challenge and interrogate commercial theatre and dance. The disciplines of Theatre and Dance, because of their ever-evolving nature, are particularly well‑-equipped to prepare students to be highly responsive in rapidly changing environments both within and outside of these disciplines.

Position Summary:

The Department of Theatre and Dance at William & Mary, a public university of the Commonwealth of Virginia, invites applications for a two-year, non-tenure track instructional Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor of Theatre and Dance specializing in Costume Design that will begin August 10, 2024.

We seek an individual with expertise in costume design for theatre and dance, costume construction, costume crafts and related fabrication, hair and make-up design, and history/period style in fashion and attire, (expertise in costume for film encouraged but not required). The successful applicant will be expected to be an effective teacher and will have a [3-3] teaching load.

Required Qualifications:

An MFA degree in Costume Design or a related field at time of appointment is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous teaching experience at the university level and industry design experience preferred.

Conditions of Employment:

Two-year, non-tenure track visiting instructional position.


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Special Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online at Submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and a statement of teaching interests that describes how your scholarly work informs your approach to teaching and mentoring as well as your philosophy of the function of costume design in a liberal arts college. Please submit a portfolio of your work or a link to your online portfolio. A diversity statement is not required. Candidates are encouraged to reflect on their past experiences or future plans to foster an inclusive and welcoming climate for learners/artists/scholars in Theatre and Dance in any of the aforementioned required documents. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by the system with instructions for how to submit a letter of reference.

For full consideration, submit application materials by the initial review date, April 23, 2024. Applications received after the initial review date will be considered if needed.
Information on the degree programs in the Department of Theatre, Speech, and Dance may be found at

Background Check Statement:

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement:

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Benefits Summary Statement:

William & Mary offers our employees a full array of benefits including retirement, health insurance with options for expanded dental and vision along with group and optional life insurance with coverage for spouse and children, flexible spending accounts, and an EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

Our employees enjoy additional university benefits such as educational assistance, professional development, wellness benefits, and a robust holiday schedule. All employees have access to fitness facilities on campus. Staff members also have access to the university libraries, and much more. To learn more, go to:

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