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Assistant Professor of Costume Design

Boston University School of Theatre
Boston University, Boston
Posted Date
Aug 2, 2023

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Boston University’s College of Fine Arts invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Costume Design, non-tenure-track, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024, pending budgetary approval.


CFA’s School of Theatre is a prominent beacon for the arts in New England. With accomplished, award-winning alumni (including actors Jason Alexander, Geena Davis, Julianne Moore, Alfre Woodard, and Ginnifer Goodwin); five dedicated theatres, including the stunning state-of-the-art Booth Theatre; 40 faculty who are actively engaged in the profession of theatre-making, CFA’s School of Theatre is widely recognized as one of the premier theatre programs in the nation.


The successful candidate will teach in the School’s MFA and BFA Costume Design Area and advise students on projects and productions. Applicants must possess a strong background in design, a knowledge of contemporary training and techniques for the 21st century designer, a willingness to work with a collaborative spirit among a team of faculty with diverse approaches, and a proven ability to teach advanced design courses. Ideal applicants will also have significant national professional experience as a costume designer. Applicants should submit a letter of intent, a CV, names and contact information for three references, an outline of their creative and teaching accomplishments that includes a description of how, as a scholar, teacher, or community member, you would engage and sustain the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion articulated in Boston University’s diversity statement


The ideal candidate will teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, fostering critical study, creative practice, and provocation in the classroom and beyond. Applicants must hold a terminal degree and/or have a significant record of professional accomplishments in the field. We are looking for candidates with strong skills in collaboration and communication, as well as professional networks to help bridge classroom experiences and the profession. Prior teaching experience is desirable. 


Boston University is dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. The College of Fine Arts includes diversity as one of its core strategic goals and we celebrate the unique, individual voice of each artist. We are especially interested in candidates who can demonstrate successful and ethical leadership and a passion for working within a community of diverse student, faculty, staff, and professional populations.  

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Terminal degree or an equivalent record of professional accomplishments in the field
  • A record of professional accomplishments that merit a professorial rank appointment at Boston University
  • Evidence of supporting, teaching, and/or mentoring emerging artists in the classroom and the field
  • Evidence of successfully promoting an environment that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • A commitment to shared governance
  • A dedication to collaboration


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience teaching graduate or undergraduate students 
  • Experience in curriculum development 
  • A passion for innovative and cross-disciplinary programs
  • A commitment to new work


Application Instructions: 

  • Review of applications will begin November 1. The position will remain open until filled. 
  • Please submit directly to SOT Business Manager Michael Swartz at (subject line: Assistant Professor of Theatre – Costume Design): 
  • A one to two-page letter of application that speaks to the required and preferred qualifications of the position
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A link to a personal website with work samples that speak to professional success (i.e., artistic, teaching/mentoring, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives).  Feel free to provide a two to three sentence description to provide context.
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Additional materials, such as full letters of support, may be requested at a later date. 


Boston University is an AAU institution with a rich tradition dedicated to inclusion and social justice. We are proud that we were the first American university to award a Ph.D. to a woman and of our record of inclusiveness. The College of Fine Arts includes diversity as one of its core strategic goals. We are dedicated to increasing the participation of all talented students and are committed to the pursuit of excellence in the arts by underrepresented groups at BU and beyond.


BU conducts a background check on all final candidates for certain faculty and staff positions. The background check includes contacting the final candidate’s current and previous employer(s) to ask whether, in the last seven years, there has been a substantiated finding of misconduct violating that employer’s applicable sexual misconduct policies. To implement this

process, the University requires a final candidate to complete and sign the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” after execution of an offer letter.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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