Southern Methodist University — Professor of Practice, Costume Design

The Division of Theatre, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University seeks an outstanding specialist in Costume Design for a full-time, non-tenured Professor of Practice (PN# 00006292) in its nationally regarded BFA and MFA programs starting August 1st, 2023. Located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, SMU is a long-time leader in the field of design for theatre. With a faculty of working professionals and a long-standing partnership with the Tony-award winning Dallas Theater Center, we work to make and teach theatre that celebrates the human spirit and deeply engages with the larger world.

Candidates should evidence:

  • o Professional experience designing costumes in theatre and/or film, tv.
    o Knowledge of contemporary trends in Theatre and Performance Design
    o Commitment to principles of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Accessibility and experience with the application of these principles in a diverse classroom
    o Demonstrable skill in effectively engaging students across the range of training levels from BFA to MFA
    o The ability to balance teaching responsibilities with a continued commitment to their own artistic practice

Teaching is to focus on traditional and modern skills of costume design professionals. This includes knowledge of current design practices and technology, hand and digital drawing and painting; knowledge of the practical and imaginative steps for the design and production of live theatre costumes; leadership abilities; research skills; budgeting; people management skills; managing a free-lance career; and building a website.

As the emphasis and training of the graduate program is aimed at a profession, our candidate should be an experienced professional costume designer whose work is firmly grounded in praxis and not theory. External creative-research activity as a professional designer in local, regional, or national theatres is essential. MFA in Costume Design is preferred, but candidates who have a Bachelor’s degree and exhibit extraordinary professional or teaching experience are also encouraged to apply.
The primary responsibilities for this appointment will be teaching costume design in the graduate program with possible undergraduate teaching as well. Service may include academic advising, recruiting, student mentoring, departmental service as needed, and will be negotiated based on teaching load and departmental needs. Salary competitive and commensurate with rank and experience. Benefits competitive. Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education are especially encouraged to apply.

Candidates should submit materials via Interfolio at and should include (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, (3) sample syllabus (4) teaching statement, and (5) Three letters of recommendation. Questions regarding the search may be directed to Russell Parkman, Search Committee Chair, at

Review of applications will begin December 15, 2022. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be received by December15th, 2022, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of its employment decisions after the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,