Assistant Professor of Theatre Costume Design

Nebraska, United States
Competitive Salary
Dec 16, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s School of the Arts in the College of Communication Fine Arts & Media, (CFAM) seeks a vibrant artist/educator for a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Costume Design.  We seek an educator who brings creative teaching solutions for in-person, hybrid or virtual courses, while being able to respond with flexibility to the long-term effects of COVID-19 on the theatre discipline.  The successful candidate must be dedicated to teaching students in a rigorous BA setting and engage in positive collaborations with fellow artists/faculty within an integrated department and school.

UNO’s School of the Arts, comprised of Art & Art History, Theatre, and the Writer’s Workshop, is the only one of its kind in a 400-mile radius. Students anchor their learning in our excellent disciplinary programs but are encouraged to explore their full 360-degree artistic development by participating in all the school’s different areas of study. We are one learning community passionate about artmaking, both on campus, in local professional partnerships, and with the various communities that make up the greater metropolitan area of Omaha. For information about UNO’s School of the Arts, please visit

Duties & Responsibilities

Courses for instruction may include Costume Design, Costume History, Stage Make-up, Costume Construction, Foundations of Design, Period Styles and potential special topics within the candidate's area of expertise. Responsibilities will also include designing costumes for at least two productions in our four-show mainstage season, and mentoring undergraduate costume designers, make-up, and hair designers on mainstage and studio productions. Additional periodic service assignments in the costume shop. Tenure-track faculty are expected to serve on school and departmental committees in addition to maintaining active professional scholarship or creative activity.  Candidate will maintain active service within the department and university, and involvement in the local arts community. The successful candidate will also build meaningful collaborations with Omaha’s vibrant arts community. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Start date is August 16, 2021.


Required Qualifications

  • An MFA in Costume Design, or an equivalent terminal degree in a closely related field; a demonstrated, significant record of professional or scholarly achievement; current professional working experience in the field of theatre; well versed in the technology currently used in professional practice.
  • Authorization to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 years of university-level teaching experience (including graduate teaching assistantships) 
  • Experience effectively communicating with an ethnically and culturally diverse student population 
  • IATSE Design membership a bonus, but not required.

Rank and Salary

This is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointment will begin August 16, 2021.        

Information on UNO and Omaha: UNO is a vibrant, metropolitan university in the state’s largest city Omaha with an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students. In recent decades the campus developed as a more traditional residential university supported by several new and beautifully appointed residence halls. UNO is classified as a doctoral research university in the latest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and the Athletic program competes in NCAA division I. UNO also has the distinction of being one of the nation’s leaders in engagement and outreach with a 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation. The campus, located in the heart of Omaha, is a cosmopolitan city of more than 600,000 (1.2 million including the large Omaha metro area), which is known for its excellent public-school system and strong economic base. The city is home to several racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse groups, and is characterized by myriad places to eat, live, and shop.   For more information on UNO, please see:  Growing With and Within Our Thriving Community  

Qualified candidates are required to submit applications electronically at: To complete an application, please submit the following:

Application Instructions:               Qualified candidates are required to submit applications electronically at:

To complete an application, please submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Diversity and Inclusion Statement
  • No less than 15 samples of artistic work, submitted using the portfolio button.
  • Names and contact information for three references.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Review of applications will begin January 15, 2021. 


For more information, contact program Coordinator Steven Williams (