Clinical Assistant Professor, Costume Shop Manager, Theatre and
Theatre and Dance
Faculty Appointment Term
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The Department of
Theatre and Dance
at the University at Buffalo, The State
University of New York (UB), invites applications for a Clinical
Assistant Professor and Costume Shop Manager. This is a full-time
(10 month) non-tenure-track faculty position with an emphasis on
teaching, undergraduate recruitment, and artistic service. The
initial appointment will be for a three-year term with opportunity
for renewal based on performance, College need, and available
Costume design and construction, as a creative research activity,
is central to the vision and mission of the department.
Undergraduate and graduate students receive instruction and
mentorship in design, pattern making, fabrication techniques,
stitching, dyeing, textiles, and more. The Costume Shop Manager
interacts with each of the 200+ student performers and designers to
support Department production activities. All productions are
serviced by the costume shop and students are educated in costume
design, dyeing, fabrics, draping, and construction
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Clinical Assistant Professor is responsible for teaching and
developing lab sections of costume related courses and Production
Practicums. The Clinical Assistant Professor serves as Costume Shop
Manager and is responsible for day-to-day operations in the costume
shop, including but not limited to:
- Supervising all activities and personnel associated with the
- Establishing and overseeing all safety guidelines and
- Scheduling students enrolled in costume practicums.
- Supervising and delegating costume needs to costume shop
- Mentoring student designers and managing the execution of the
- Teaching lab sections of costume design and potentially
developing gen ed courses.
- Budgeting, purchasing, reconciling, and managing the
construction of costumes for productions.
- Serving on the season selection committee.
The ideal candidate will have an established or emerging reputation
within the multifaceted world of Theatre Design and Technology, and
will work collaboratively with program faculty to shape and deliver
a curriculum that prepares students for success in today’s theatre
We seek a colleague with the passion, skill, energy, and enthusiasm
to recruit a diverse population of students with clear potential
for success in the Theatre and Design and Technology field.
Additional faculty responsibilities include mentoring student
projects, identifying guest artists, and building strategic
relationships with professional theaters, casting directors,
businesses to purchase theatrical services and products from, and
Faculty are expected to maintain regular office hours and
contribute to department and system-wide committees. Other service
to the Department may include participating in community engagement
initiatives and interdisciplinary projects within and outside the
University. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who
can demonstrate through their teaching, creative activities, and
service that they will contribute to a climate of inclusivity,
diversity, and excellence.
The department’s performance degrees offer in-depth curriculums
with creative tracks that prepare students for a broad range of
professional careers. Our dynamic and interdisciplinary department
includes programs that offer a BA and BFA in Dance, Theatre
Performance, Theatre Studies, Music Theatre, and Design Technology,
as well as a graduate program that offers a MA and PhD in Theatre
Performance and an MFA in Dance. We produce a full season of dance
concerts, music theatre productions, and dramatic works with UB’s
Center for the Arts and Katharine Cornell Theatre and host numerous
guest artists, guest directors, and scholars. The department is a
hub for interdisciplinary arts activity within the university,
intersecting with Music, Visual Studies, Media Study, Architecture,
Poetry, the Humanities Institute, and the Arts Collaboratory, among
Buffalo, NY is a vibrant arts and cultural center that includes
over twenty theatres, several professional and community dance
organizations, and numerous art galleries. It is home to well-known
cultural entities, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra,
the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Ujima Theatre Company, ArtPark,
Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts
Center, African American Cultural Center, Just Buffalo Literary
Center, Burchfield Penney Art Center and more. Buffalo is centrally
located, with easy access to major metropolitan hubs in the
Northeast including New York City, Boston, Chicago, Toronto and
Montreal. Located on Lake Erie, just south of Niagara Falls,
Buffalo’s surrounding natural areas, state parks, beaches, rivers
and ski areas provide abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation
Salary: $46,500 – $52,000 negotiable depending on
The University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal
opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes
all to apply including veterans and individuals with
- BA/ BFA in Theatre, Costume Design, Design and Technology, or
- Demonstrated educational expertise, working with diverse
populations and diverse course content, texts, and pedagogies.
- Experience with costume construction including patterning and
- Ability to manage costuming for multiple performances
- Experience with costume shop management including budgeting and
- Undergraduate teaching and mentoring or equivalent professional
experience directing construction projects.
- Supervisory experience.
- Secondary area that would contribute to the curriculum:
Knowledge of TV and film industry; design software; wigs, make-up
and prosthetics; millinery, crafts and dyeing.
- Experience developing student centered curriculum and learning
outcomes from a contemporary social, cultural, and pedagogic
- Academic and/or industry leadership experience.
- Experience and interest in collaborating on multi-disciplinary
- Commitment to furthering community engagement initiatives.
- Online teaching experience, and/or general education
To manage costume and equipment storage, must have the ability to
lift at least 50 lbs and climb ladders.
Position requires flexibility with the work schedule. Evening and
weekend hours are required.
Special Instructions Summary
Review of applications begins December 10, 2021
application materials should be submitted via UB Jobs. Application
materials submitted directly to the posting contact will not be
acknowledged and cannot be considered.
All applicants must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae,
PDF portfolio of 5-10 images.
Optional documentation: Teaching Statement.
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