Assistant Professor of Costume Design
Western Washington University - Bellingham, WA

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The Theatre and Dance Department within the College of Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) at Western Washington University invites applications for a full time tenure-track position with an emphasis in costume design and costume history.

About the Department: The Theatre and Dance Department’s 18 full-time and part-time faculty oversee 180 undergraduate majors in the two BA programs and one BFA program and offers numerous elective courses for the general student population.

Position Responsibilities: We seek a teacher/practitioner who will teach introductory and specialized courses in costume design and production, stage makeup, costume history, and millinery. The successful candidate will design for a minimum of one faculty-directed or choreographedproduction per year and mentor student designers of student- and faculty-directed or choreographed productions.

Required Qualifications:
  • An M.F.A. in costume design from an accredited college or university
  • Evidence of successful teaching experience in higher education
  • Demonstrated success designing costumes for theatre and dance productions
  • Demonstrated commitment to undergraduate education
  • Effective interpersonal communication and collaboration skills

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: puppetry, costume technology, scenic design, or lighting design
  • Evidence of successful professional design experience
  • Experience in curriculum development
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse students, staff, and faculty
  • Dedication to a liberal arts educational model compatible with the mission of WWU

Academic Emphasis: Costume Design

Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions and Requested Documents: To be considered for the position, application materials must be submitted via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE). Please log in at and use Internet Explorer to fully utilize the online application system.

Candidates should upload the following: a letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications, curriculum vita including the names and addresses of three references, and a teaching/design statement that includes evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Finalists will be asked to provide transcripts and a portfolio and may be asked for further evidence of scholarship and teaching. Please address any questions about the position to or 360-650-3880.

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