Emerson College — Assistant Professor Costume Design

Assistant Professor Costume Design


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The Department of Performing Arts at Emerson College seeks a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Costume Design in the BFA Program in Theatre Design/Technology. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through ongoing engagement with students both inside and outside of the classroom in addition to traditional creative accomplishment/research, teaching, and service. The appointment begins August 18, 2022 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 18 & 19, 2022.

Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the College's intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.

The Department of Performing Arts is home to one of the nation's leading undergraduate programs in theatrical performance and design, with 97 full- and part-time faculty members and staff and 526 majors across all disciplines. The department offers BFA degrees in Theatre Design/Technology, Stage & Production Management, Musical Theatre, Acting, Theatre, Theatre & Performance, Theatre Education, and Theatre Education & Performance. Emerson Stage presents nine fully- staged major productions annually in five theatres, with additional production opportunities available to our students through ArtsEmerson, our nationally and internationally-recognized professional presenting company. Emerson is also home to Howlround Theatre Commons.

Emerson College is the nation's only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in the heart of Boston's downtown Theatre District. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 5,100 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 58 countries and all 50 states.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities for this position include teaching the following courses and studios in our recently redesigned design/tech BFA curriculum: Foundations of Design,

The History of Fashion and Decor (team-taught with a Scenic Designer), Costume Design I, Collaboration Studio, and/or one or more of the following: Costume Construction, Makeup for Theatre and Media, Costume Crafts, etc.

In addition, the candidate will design annually for Emerson Stage— the producing organization for the Department of Performing Arts. The successful candidate will model a collaborative creative process in accordance with the highest level of professional standards and practice, work effectively with our professional staff in the Costume Shop, and mentor student assistant designers.

Additional responsibilities include mentoring 6-8 Costume Design students annually, academic advising, assisting in the admission portfolio review process, and serving on department and college committees.

Candidates should be able to address issues of race and representation in all of their courses. The department is engaged in identifying and removing barriers to admission for working-class students and students of color. The successful candidate will bring expertise to this dialogue. Our ideal candidate will also possess a keen and developed awareness of the issues around diversity, inclusion, and equity within the classroom, and within the profession. The candidate should have facility with culturally responsive pedagogies and approaches, and possess a fluid overall pedagogy that is able to adapt and expand as the cultural conversation around representation, privilege-based difference, and inclusive excellence continues to evolve.

We encourage applications from candidates who use theatre to expose power relationships and oppressive practices that are normalized in dominant culture and who explore race, gender, sexuality, and class dynamics through their work. Candidates must have demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. An ability to work and teach collaboratively, and a strong commitment to undergraduate education beyond the classroom are essential. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have an MFA degree in costume design or a related field or a BFA in costume design and significant professional experience equivalent to an MFA degree. Candidates should have previous experience teaching costume design within a diverse learning community on the college level and successfully designing for an academic presenting organization. Experience in costume design for television and film is an asset as is membership in United Scenic Artists, Local 829. The ability to teach traditional design skills along with the ability to teach costume construction or effectively supervise construction are required. Expertise in digital rendering via Photoshop, Illustrator, or Procreate, as well as additional skills in teaching stage makeup and costume crafts are desirable. The successful candidate must have clearly defined artistic concepts and strategies evinced by a record of professional achievement in costume design for the theatre that includes regional or national recognition. Basic information on the program is available at: https://www.emerson.edu/academics/academic-departments/performing-arts/undergraduate-degrees/theatre-designtechnology

To Apply

Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vita, links to professional work, a teaching philosophy statement that also addresses how the candidate works to achieve inclusive excellence within their classrooms, and the names and contact information for three references (not to be contacted without applicant's written approval).

Please note, in the job application, where there is the “CV/Cover Letter/ Additional Documents” drop box, you must include all of the required materials listed above. You can upload each document separately or as a combined PDF. Your application will not be complete without these documents.

If you are having issues uploading, please email facultycareers@emerson.edu.

Preference will be given to applications received by November 23, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled.

To apply, please visit: https://emerson.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Emerson_College_ft_faculty/job/Boston-Campus/Assistant-Professor—Costume-Design_JR003256

About Us
Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.

Diversity Statement
Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society. Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated the Associate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator to respond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617-824-8999; email: titleix@emerson.edu

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