University of Cincinnati — Assistant Professor of Costume Design – College-Conservatory of Music

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) seeks an experienced and accomplished full-time tenure-track assistant professor of Costume Design to serve as an instructor and head of the Costume Design track as part of the MFA/BFA Costume Design and Technology program. 

Faculty duties include teaching courses for MFA/BFA programs in introductory and advanced level Costume Design. The faculty member shall also serve as one of two resident costume designers, designing as needed, and advisors for the Division’s productions in drama, musical theatre, opera, dance (ballet and modern) and other events. Faculty will assist in placing and coordinating student internships and outside work. In addition, they will play a major role in the recruitment of both MFA and BFA students, as well as advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. All faculty are expected to provide service to the college and university through participation on various committees. 

The faculty member will be required to perform and/or lead in the following duties: 

  • Teach courses in costume design, rendering, and costume history  
  • Advise both undergraduate and graduate students on their academic course load and requirements for graduation. 
  • Attend regular department staff and faculty meetings regarding curriculum, scheduling, logistics, artistic planning, and other relevant matters. 
  • Coordinate with the MFA/BFA Costume Technology Faculty in assigning, advising and critiquing students on realized theatrical production assignments.
  • Work with the Costume Shop Manager on costume stock inventory management and planning for equipment purchases & rentals. 
  • Work with other Theatre Design & Production faculty members on shaping curriculum. 
  • Attend regional and national recruitment events (e.g. SETC, URTA, LiNK, USITT) to maintain/increase student enrollment.  Recruiting and annual student showcases may necessitate air travel within the US. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must hold a terminal degree in costume design or equivalent professional experience. Candidates must have a minimum of three years of professional costume design experience.  Additionally, candidates must have experience teaching or mentoring. Essential to the position is a thorough understanding of current industry standards and practices. 

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates should be proven artist/teachers with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and be willing to become part of a highly collaborative and experienced faculty. The ideal candidate should have design experience in a wide range of disciplines (e.g. Drama, Musical Theatre, Opera, Ballet & Modern Dance). The candidate should have a comprehensive knowledge of costume design topics which may include:  history of theatrical costuming, design philosophies, costume crafts, and digital and hand rendering.  

Salary: Shall be commensurate with rank, based on qualifications and experience, and is competitive.

Start Date: August 15, 2020 

To Apply: To apply for position 45481, go online at and submit a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, contact information for at least three references, a one page statement on diversity and inclusion as it directly relates to your teaching, research, contributions and/or mentoring, and a link to your website or digital portfolio for review. Candidates may also submit materials such as publications, articles, or videos. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with formal review of applications beginning on February 29, 2020. 

Department: The Costume Design MFA and BFA programs are part of the Department of Theatre Design and Production, (TD&P), one of the nation’s leading and most prolific departments of its kind. Uniquely, TD&P offers BFA and/or MFA programs in each of the following seven areas of production: Costume Design & Technology, Lighting Design & Technology, Wig and Makeup Design, Scenic Design, Stage Properties, Sound Design, Stage Management, and Technical Production. Its graduates are enjoying successful careers throughout the entertainment industry.  

Division: The Department of Theatre Design and Production is part of the Division of Theatre Arts, Production, and Arts Administration (TAPAA), which has 68 members on its faculty and staff, with numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The TAPAA Division produces a main stage season of two operas, two musicals, two plays and two dance concerts in two venues: a 663 seat traditional proscenium house and a 373 seat modified thrust theater. In addition, the Division also produces a number of studio productions in all performance disciplines in a highly flexible and fully equipped studio theatre. 

University and CCM: The University of Cincinnati is the 10th largest research institution in the country. Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the New York Times has called CCM “one of the nation’s leading conservatories.” CCM, a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts provides life-changing experiences within a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment. The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world’s stage. CCM’s educational roots date back to 1867, and solid, visionary instruction has been at its core since that time. 

Diversity at the University of Cincinnati and CCM: The University of Cincinnati and CCM are strongly committed to the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty. The University invests in its faculty by sponsoring an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development in Diversity and through its provostal support and active African American, Latino, and LGBTQ faculty associations and affinity groups. CCM has partnered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) for the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CCM is also engaged in the City of Cincinnati with such programs as CCM After School/Whiz Kids after-school mentoring and tutoring program with the City Gospel Mission, the Suzuki String-Program and Grades 1-3 at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and the Artist-in-Residence program at Twin Towers Senior Living Community. 


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.