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 https://www.wwu.edu/jobs 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 Ron.Riggins@wwu.edu or 360-650-3880.

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