Assistant Professor – Speech Communication and Theatre Arts (Costume Design)

Queensborough Community College
Bayside, NY 11364


Angela Gmuca

Job Details


The Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts at Queensborough Community College seeks a creative and collaborative faculty member for a full-time Assistant Professor position beginning with Fall 2019. Candidate will teach introductory level courses in Theatre which may include: Costume Construction, Stage Makeup, Introduction to Theatre, and Practicum in Stagecraft.

CUNY is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.  It welcomes nominations of, and applications from members of protected groups including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as others who would bring additional perspectives to the university’s mission.  Candidates with demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness through their research, teaching and/or service are also encouraged to apply.  One of the Queensborough Community College’s greatest strengths, and a necessary element of excellence, is the diversity of our community.  We strive to attract and nurture a talented and diverse faculty and staff that proudly reflect the unique character of the local Queens community, the most diverse county in the United States.

In addition to teaching, responsibilities will include:

Design costumes. Season requires designs for four productions, two each semester, in two different performance spaces, two main-stage (800 seat proscenium theater) and two studio (100 seat blackbox theater). Attend design meetings. Create color renderings of designs. Submit costume designs for review. Schedule and attend costume fittings. Collaborate with production staff including technical director, designers, student crews and director to execute the design. Work with production manager in the purchasing of materials to maintain budget for costume designs.

Supervise student run crews on departmental productions. Attend production meetings, technical and dress rehearsals, previews, opening night performances, and strikes. Night/weekend rehearsals and performances are required. Designer should be comfortable working with introductory college students.

Oversee scheduling, staffing, and budgeting aspects of costume shop. Generate and maintain records of inventory in costume shop. Supervise part-time costume shop manager and execute purchasing for costume shop. Work with technical director in creation of production budgets.

Perform teaching, research and guidance duties in area(s) of expertise. The successful candidate must be able to assume a collaborative role in development and assessment of program curriculum technical theatre courses. Assist in recruitment, advisement, and mentorship. Support students in participation in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Attend department/faculty meetings. Share responsibility for committee and department assignments including administrative, supervisory, and other functions. Continued evidence of professional scholarly work required for reappointment towards tenure and promotion.

Queensborough is a NAST accredited community college in the CUNY system located in Bayside, NY. Season productions will require designs for four productions in two different performance spaces, two main-stage (800 seat proscenium theater) and two studio (100 seat blackbox theater) shows. Designer should be comfortable working with introductory college students. Designer will act as scenic artist for shows.

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Ph.D. degree in Theatre Arts or related area(s) of expertise, or MFA in Theatrical Costume Design, with equivalent professional experience.


– College teaching experience in community college, and the ability to teach successfully at the college level

– Experience teaching Stage Makeup and Costume Construction and knowledge of theories, practices and methodology of pedagogy

– Ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution

– Experience in developing and implementing course assessment

– An innovative perspective and non-traditional approach to pedagogy

– Experience teaching in a diverse environment        


Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.  

Candidates must provide a CV/resume and statement of scholarly interests and teaching philosophy.       


March 27, 2019.  Review of resumes to begin March 5, 2019.         


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