Costume Design Assistant Professor

California State University - Fresno
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Sep 20, 2023

Revised November 16, 2023: Review Date

California State University, Fresno
College of Arts & Humanities
Theatre and Dance

Costume Design
Assistant Professor
Tenure Track
Fall 2024 (August 2024)

The Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of Arts and Humanities at California State University, Fresno seeks applicants for a tenure-track, academic-year position as an Assistant Professor of Costume Design. The successful candidate will teach courses in costume design, make-up, costume history, and costume crafts and be responsible for the costume design for all Theatre & Dance Department mainstage productions and the Theatre for Young Audiences tour. This candidate will supervise two full-time costume technicians and mentor student designers. Specific assignments will depend on department needs and the candidate’s expertise. Additional responsibilities may include: teaching online courses and advising students about their academic progress, internships and careers in costume design and technical theater. This faculty member will teach undergraduate students, be active in scholarly and applied research, and engage in service activities.

The successful candidate is expected to work collaboratively and cooperatively with faculty and staff in the department, college, and university. Our faculty are expected to be innovative, adaptive, engaging teachers across modalities; producers of impactful creative and/or scholarly work; leaders in meaningful service activities to multiple communities creating a place where everyone's wellbeing is supported through respectful, authentic, and engaged relationships with each other.

Our Students : California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Required Education:

An MFA in Theatre with an emphasis in costume design or closely related terminal degree from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.

Applicants nearing completion of the terminal degree may be considered. For an appointment, the degree must be completed by the date of appointment (August 1, 2024).

Required Experience:

1. Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and
socioeconomic backgrounds

2. 2 years experience teaching at the undergraduate college level or equivalent professional experience.

3. Demonstrated excellence in the field of costume design, and willingness to make contributions to strengthening our current
theatre design and technology curriculum, participating in recruitment, retention, and graduation strategies; and mentoring
students in deep and meaningful ways.

Preferred Experience:

  1. An active career engaged as a theatre practitioner and/or scholar as evidenced by CV.

2. Experience designing costumes for dance performance.

3. The ability to communicate design through both hand-rendering and digital tools (eg., Procreate and Photoshop).

4. A record of innovative approaches to theatre education as evidenced by syllabus, teaching philosophy or teaching demonstration sample.

5. Expertise in assessing student learning capabilities and learning styles and understanding how to develop curriculum for assigned courses.

Application Procedures: The review of applications will begin on January 16, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. This position automatically closes on May 1, 2024. Note: All positions at Fresno State are subject to funding availability.

Apply online at and attach the following:

  1. A cover letter, specifically addressing the specific areas of the required experience and preferred qualifications;
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcripts;
  4. List of three professional references;
  5. Candidate statement addressing your commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. This statement provides the candidate's unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of this statement is to help the department identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help California State University, Fresno contribute to its mission in these areas.

All finalists will be requested to send official transcripts from all relevant educational programs and three professional references to submit current letters of recommendation.

Committee Information and Search process:

Search Chair: Professor Elizabeth Crifasi
Department of Theatre & Dance
College of Arts & Humanities

About Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The campus is ranked 26th in the nation by Washington Monthly ; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges . The campus is classified as an R2 “Doctoral Universities – High research activities” university per the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit: We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience the anticipated hiring salary is $6,000 per month for Assistant Professor (12 monthly payments per academic year). As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package.

Territorial Acknowledgement:

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

Other Campus Information:

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A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

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California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.

Out of State Employment

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

Advertised: 19 Sep 2023 Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: 31 Mar 2024 Pacific Daylight Time

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