Assistant Professor in Costume Design

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Arts/Museum
Department:13040100 - COTA-THEATRE-CHAIR

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Job Description:

Full-time, nine month, tenure accruing faculty position.

Date of Expected Hire: August 16, 2018

Responsibilities:   This position shares leadership in maintaining and advancing the costume design and technology program.  Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate levels of Costume Design and Costume History courses, co-teaching of the graduate Design Studio course, and supervising delivery of the online Beginning Costume course.  Additional responsibilities include recruitment and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate student designers; design for and/or participation in the costuming of the School’s active season of productions which include theatre, dance and musical theatre; participation in shared governance and recruitment efforts; assistance with organizational and administrative activities in the area; and contribution in the areas of research and service to the university, the community and the profession.

SCHOOL OF THEATRE + DANCE The light-filled, state-of-the-art Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion is home to the School of Theatre + Dance (SoTD). The School’s international full-time faculty of 25 recognized artists and researchers, complemented by adjunct and guest faculty and staff, including full- and part-time professionals. The School offers MFA curricula in acting and in design/technology, which includes scene design, lighting design and costume technology; BFA programs in acting, musical theatre, scene design, lighting design and costume design; and a B.A. in general theatre. The School features two degree programs in dance designed to develop the individual voice of the dance artist. The B.F.A. degree in Dance Performance includes four interlocking streams of dance study: choreography and performance, intercultural dance studies, dance and medicine, and dance theatre. The School’s new B.A. in Dance Studies facilitates a broad range of interdisciplinary studies in combination with dance. Approximately 200 students major in the artistically diverse curricula of the School of Theatre + Dance. Through its production program, outreach and innovative programming, the School of Theatre + Dance provides multiple cultural opportunities annually to thousands of members of the University and the greater community. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. For more information, visit

THE COLLEGE OF THE ARTS fosters creative activity, scholarly and artistic excellence, and innovation across disciplines. We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their critical thinking and inspiring a culture of curiosity and imagination. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,300 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 100 faculty members in its three accredited schools — the School of Art + Art History, the School of Music and the School of Theatre + Dance. In addition to its schools, the college comprises the Center for Arts in Medicine, the Digital Worlds Institute, the Center for Arts and Public Policy, the Center for World Arts, the University Galleries, and the University level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami.

The University of Florida The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land-grant foundation, ranked one of the top ten best public universities in the nation in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with more than 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical and cultural center of North Central Florida, with outstanding resources such as the University of Florida Performing Arts (Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Squitieri Studio Theatre, the Baughman Center, University Auditorium), the Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History and in the community, the Hippodrome State Theatre and Dance Alive National Ballet.

Advertised Salary:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a full benefits package.

Minimum Requirements:

Applicants must demonstrate an active record of achievement in costume design, hold a terminal academic degree in costume design and must have demonstrated teaching experience in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate will also bring to the position:

  • Continuing professional activity in regional, national or international venues that proves to hold a consistent pattern of quality and artistic merit.
  • Evidence of a commitment to collaboration, diversity, and excellence in the arts in higher education.  
  • Strong organizational, management and communication skills
  • A commitment to shared governance
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in recruitment/retention of both undergraduate and graduate students, strategic planning and accreditation 
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application Procedures: Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida's online application system at Online applications must include the following: (1) detailed letter of application; (2) professional resume or CV; (3) statement of teaching philosophy; (4) three letters of reference written expressly for the position.  The online application system will prompt the applicant for the names and contact information of the references who will then be sent emails requesting they upload letters of reference to your application; (5) contact information for up to three additional professional references different from the ones writing the reference letters.  The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time.  To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by Jan 10, 2018 when the search committee will begin reviewing applications.  Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Health Assessment Required: No


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