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Assistant Professor of Theatre: Costume Technology/Design

at University Of Montana

Posted: 3/7/2019
Job Reference #: 2186

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UM’s School of Theatre & Dance seeks an assistant professor of costume technology and design to assume integral role within vibrant training program. Principal teaching will be in costume technology/design. Course load will include stagecraft, all levels of costume construction and manipulation, all levels of costume technology and may include other courses depending on candidate’s qualifications. Successful candidate will be expected to serve as the costume designer and/or cutter/draper for 1-2 productions per year in theatre or dance, and teach 2-3 classes per semester. Additional responsibilities may include supervision of student designers and technicians, advising and recruitment. This is a tenure-track position.

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Start Date: August 17, 2019

Salary: $47,000 annually and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.


  • MFA in Theatre; significant professional experience in lieu of a terminal degree may be considered;
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching;
  • Strong background in costume technology and design rooted in professional theatre and dance practices;
  • Ability to teach the full range of costume technology and design classes offered in BFA and MFA programs;
  • Ability to relate to students and colleagues in a university environment; and
  • Demonstrated supervisory and collaborative abilities; ability to adhere to production timelines.
  • Additional consideration will be given to candidates with experience in makeup, costume crafts, millinery, corsetry and/or tailoring.

About the School of Theatre & Dance

The School of Theatre & Dance is one of four schools within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, along with the Schools of Art, Media Arts, and Music. BA, BFA, MA, and MFA degrees are offered. The School consists of 13.5 faculty and four staff positions. Modern performance spaces include a 499-seat proscenium theatre, a multiform theatre, and a dance studio theatre. Support spaces include scenery/props, costumes, lighting, and sound production shops. Montana Repertory Theatre (a touring Equity company) and the CoMotion Dance Project are in residence and integrated with the training programs.

About the University of Montana

The University of Montana, accredited by National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), is one of the nation’s outstanding public universities committed to liberal arts education, research, and strong professional programs. It is located in Missoula, a cosmopolitan Rocky Mountain community of over 90,000, often singled out in national publications for its quality of life.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: March 10, 2019

Review of applications will begin on March 11, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit the following materials online at

  • Letter of application addressing the above qualifications;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Digital portfolio or website link demonstrating technical and design skill/experience;
  • Transcript for the terminal degree held by the applicant—may be unofficial; finalists will be required to submit an official transcript directly from granting institution;
  • Three (3) current letters of recommendation, including one from a supervisor, sent directly from the reference to the School to Erin McDaniel at

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference - Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References - *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing - Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility - All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

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Missoula, Montana, United States
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