Wesleyan University’s Department of Theater invites applications for a three-year appointment, Assistant Professor of the Practice position in Costume Design beginning July 1, 2021.
The Theater Department is recruiting designers for its three-year appointment of Assistant Professor of the Practice in Costume Design. Candidates whose professional engagement as designers inform their teaching and creative practice are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be a highly creative, intellectually curious, artist-educator who emphasizes teaching at every step of the creative process within an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to their design practice and teaching philosophy. The Theater Department situates artistic practice, pedagogy and research in an undergraduate, liberal-arts context and explores theater from an intersectional perspective in which both scholarship and applied creative practice are emphasized by a collaborative exchange.
The Theater Department produces contemporary and classical plays, and adaptations of literary works for the stage, as well as movement and visually-based performances. The department’s faculty encourages and values diversity within their teaching and artistic/scholarly practices, and is committed to ongoing curricular and programmatic development in intercultural, interdisciplinary and collaborative theatrical innovation. For this position, we seek candidates whose pursuit of artistic goals, innovative vision and creative energy will enable effective involvement within a highly committed and vibrant community of students, teachers, artists and scholars in Wesleyan’s Theater Department, and across the university.
The Assistant Professor of the Practice position has an annual load of 5, which includes teaching three design courses and designing two productions for the Theater Department each year. Other responsibilities include supervising tutorials, mentoring student creative work, advising majors and pre-majors, and initiating and evaluating student internships and residencies. Costume design faculty is supported by the costume shop manager, and enjoys a fully equipped, costume shop and costume collection. In addition, Wesleyan’s arts departments have access to the Digital Design Studio maker-space.
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