East Stroudsburg University — Instructor of Costume Design / Frederick Douglass Scholar

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania is committed to inclusive excellence by creating an equitable, inclusive, and diverse scholarly environment through innovative teaching, research, and service. The Theatre Department is seeking a Frederick Douglass scholar for a one-year full time temporary instructor position in Costume Design. Other courses will include Theatre History and foundation theatre courses. The Frederick Douglass scholar position is part of a Frederick Douglass Institute initiative described below.

The Frederick Douglass Institute (FDI) at ESU is a collaborative organization with a mission to enhance and support diversity through the recruitment of graduate students from underrepresented populations. It also provides opportunities for FDI graduate student scholars to participate in diversity research, outreach, to involve the greater community in diversity programming, and to sponsor an annual diversity forum.  In addition, FDI encourages faculty diversity through collaborative initiatives to recruit visiting scholars/artists who are committed to the ideals of the Frederick Douglass Institute.

The successful candidate will join a department where traditional and emerging art and design processes and technologies are used across the disciplines in a diverse and collaborative environment. Applicants will present teaching experience, an ability to integrate strong historical and contemporary knowledge, theory and professional experience in the field of Costume Design. A strong desire to advance the curriculum in integrating both traditional and digital techniques in costume design and construction is highly desirable. The successful candidate is expected to teach, design and implement costumes for departmental productions, maintain ongoing creative endeavors in theatrical practice and/or research as well as make contributions to the culture of the University through service activities and culturally responsive pedagogy. A creative, collaborative, collegial mentoring temperament dedicated to the advancement of the Theatre Department’s goals is required. The position requires working with other faculty in coordinating activities, usage and routine maintenance of the Costume Shop which includes stock, storage and equipment.

Additionally, the scholar would advocate and participate in various Frederick Douglass Institute initiatives on campus that promote inclusion and diversity. The scholar would be instrumental in advising the design and technical concentration, as well as our theatre history and literary courses by focusing on course development and course alterations to include more diverse offerings, plays, coursework and assignments.  They would serve on the departmental assessment and jury committees and on our departmental season selection committee.  The scholar could offer a presentation in the Provost Colloquium.  The candidate is also expected to be involved in regular semester activities for the Frederick Douglass Institute and may serve as a mentor for students in the Douglass Debate Society.

Candidates from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Minimum qualifications: MFA, or terminal degree in Costume Design and at least 2 years relevant professional experience in the field. Experience with developing course materials, teaching with technology, and curriculum development work.
College-level teaching experience at a nationally accredited institution and demonstrated ability to teach project based studio/lab courses. Professional experience should include productions, exhibitions, and research dealing specifically with costume design and/or costume construction.

Preferred qualifications:
Experience in traditional techniques and processes, and emergent technologies.

Experience working within diverse environments and utilizing culturally relevant teaching practices Current and ongoing professional practice.

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