James Madison University — Assistant Professor of Theatre – Costume Design and Technology

The School of Theatre and Dance at James Madison University seeks a theatre designer and practitioner (primarily in the area of Costume Design), for a full-time, tenure-track position to begin fall 2020. This position is centered within the costume discipline; however, we are especially interested in multivalent candidates with strong skills in an additional design or technology area.

Responsibilities include teaching in the areas of costume studies (design, history, and technology), makeup, introductory design courses, introduction to theatre, and special topics courses in design and technology disciplines. Design of main stage theatre or dance productions each semester is expected. The faculty member will be expected to engage in and maintain external creative or research profiles. Other duties include supervision and mentorship of Design and Technology students, academic advising, recruitment, as well as participation on departmental, college, and university level committees. We are especially interested in candidates who have demonstrated commitment towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

Qualified candidates shall demonstrate:

  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching, artistic, and/or research practices.
  • Regional/National/international creative profile as a designer.
  • Record of creative practice and professional accomplishment, publication, or research, in the discipline of costume design (theatre and/or dance).
  • Strong costume technology and media skills
  • Record of engaged and accomplished teaching at the undergraduate level, with a commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • M.F.A. to be completed by the time of appointment.

To apply visit http://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/6662 or go to JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number F1411. Candidates will complete the faculty application and submit a cover letter specific to this position, statement of teaching philosophy, and resume/curriculum vitae, which includes a list of three references (including their contact information). The cover letter should include a discussion of the candidate’s commitment to diversity within the classroom, program, and university, as well as research interests. Applicants are also encouraged to submit work samples of their creative work. Additional work samples or references may be requested later in the interview process. Priority will be given to applications received by December 2, 2019. We look forward to reviewing your application.

With approximately 22,000 students, JMU is centrally located in Virginia’s beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley, 120 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. JMU is the number two public university in the south, according to US News and World Report. The university has a nationally recognized commitment to undergraduate research and student entrepreneurship. The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) brings together the Schools of Art, Art Design, and Art History; Theatre and Dance; and Music. Research centers include The Center for Inclusive Music Engagement; The Institute for Creative Inquiry; and The Lisanby Museum. The CVPA is a founding member of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (A2RU). With over 98 full-time tenure-track faculty and 1,200 majors, the CVPA is a vital and collaborative artistic community.

The School of Theatre and Dance, with approximately 280 majors as well as minors in theatre & dance, offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in dance, musical theatre, and theatre. The School emphasizes artistic collaboration, artistic excellence, and student-centered learning. A part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and housed in the award-winning Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, the School of Theatre and Dance fosters a collegial environment and intensive, practical training within a liberal arts tradition. The School produces approximately four main stage events each semester and endorses four to six student produced works.

JMU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access employer. We seek candidates who will contribute to the climate and body of diversity in the school and the college.  JMU promotes access, inclusion, and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents, and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The University is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support our ongoing commitment to these core qualities. The College of Visual and Performing Arts and the University strives to create an educational environment that inspires responsible citizenship in a diverse world.

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.