Clinical Assistant Professor of Costume Technology

ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre
Tempe, AZ 85287

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Clinical Assistant Professor of Costume Technology
School of Music, Dance and Theatre
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks a Clinical Assistant Professor in Costume Technology, with a particular focus on individuals with experience in professional venues as a pattern maker, with knowledge of digital fabrication techniques, and an eye on innovation within the field of costume technology. This is a full-time, academic year, non-tenure-track faculty position renewable every year beginning fall 2021.

About ASU
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. The Herberger Institute comprises the schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About the School of Music, Dance and Theatre
The School of Music, Dance and Theatre is widely recognized for preparing artists, scholars, visionaries and entrepreneurs to become creative leaders who transform society through their creative work. Our internationally recognized faculty artists, scholars and guest artists are motivating and compassionate mentors who work with students to cultivate excellence and personal growth. Our nationally recognized programs feature a comprehensive range of degrees plus minors and certificates and more than 600 concerts, events, performances, productions and recitals each year. Located in the culturally rich Southwest in one of the most vibrant, expanding urban centers, our programs afford students access to a diverse environment and engagement in Phoenix’s flourishing arts community. Above all, we value the creativity, personal experience and voice each student brings to the school. For more information on the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, visit 

The theatre program, with its emphasis on new work and socially engaged practice, is a collaborative community of artists, scholars, students, faculty and staff who are shaping the future of theatre through inventive curricula and innovative programming. At the center of our philosophy are the four “Cs”: creativity, community, collaboration, and collegiality. We build on these core values in our classrooms and studios, research endeavors, public programming and community engagement. With over 250 undergraduate theatre majors and over 35 MA, MFA and PhD students, the theatre program is a dynamic teaching, learning and discovery environment in which production and curriculum are mutually supportive. Each year we present an extensive season of productions that push the boundaries of contemporary theatre. Our programming features hundreds of live events and presentations of student work, engaging over 10,000 community members in the metro Phoenix area. The Design & Production concentration is a cutting-edge program with over 70 students and growing. We use industry leading digital fabrication methods and technologies to give our students the most extensive breadth of knowledge in their focus area. We emphasize the process over product to create the best learning outcomes motivated by creating high production value shows. The Design and Production area is comprised of nine faculty members and seven staff members to support our students and the season.

The Clinical Assistant Professor of Costume Technology will teach a rotation of undergraduate core classes and develop new courses in hair and make-up as well as digital costume technology; mentor costume technology students’ senior projects and practicum courses; serve as technologist as needed on productions; work in coordination with the Costume Shop Manager(s) to help structure the shop’s workflow and perform appropriate service to the school, institute, university, and profession.

We seek candidates capable of growing dynamic and innovative degree programs with a willingness to teach in person, online and hybrid courses, who can help attract new students and teach courses that support enrollment goals, increase research expenditures through grants and/or other research funding, enhance the diversity of the Institute, and connect and collaborate with artists, designers, and scholars across campus and in the community. 

Required Qualifications:   

·         MFA or MA in Costume Design or a related field, or commensurate professional experience.

·         Demonstrated ability to address the educational and cultural needs of students and to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the field.

·         Demonstrated skills as a patternmaker/fitter and tailor.

·         Demonstration of excellent organization skills.

·         Demonstrated teaching excellence and innovation or record of professional mentorship in the field of costume technology. 

Desired Qualifications:

·         College teaching experience strongly preferred.

·         Record of and commitment to continue collaborative, professional and relevant industry experience.

·         Knowledge and experience in current trends and technology (Laser cutting, 3D Printing, 3D Drafting, etc.).

·         Additional talents in the craft areas (dyeing, sculpting, and millinery). 

·         Stage make-up, hair, and wig skills working with diverse populations. 

·         A minimum of three years of professional and relevant costume technology industry experience. 

Instructions to Apply:
Please submit the following materials: 

·         Letter of interest addressing how the candidate uniquely meets the qualifications for the position, in particular: work experience, collaboration and innovative teaching.

·         Curriculum vitae.

·         A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion highlighting specific instances of their work, advocacy, and support for BIPOC, Latinx and marginalized groups and artists. 

·         Names and contact information of three references. 

·         A digital portfolio of no more than 20 examples demonstrating expertise in costume technology. For detailed instructions on how to create a document with live hyperlinks, please click here

All applications must be submitted electronically via

Application Deadline:
The application deadline is February 5, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. See ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement at See ASU’s Title IX policy at

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