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The School of Drama within the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University invites applicants for a one-year Visiting Special Faculty in the Costume Design Program, AY 2023-24.
We are the first drama degree-granting institution, having been established in 1914, and have along, rich history of nurturing inventive artists at the forefront of the industry. The Costume Program at CMU is listed among the top ten in the world, and our alumni hold leading positions in performance design across the US and internationally.
The Costume Design Program prepares students for careers in theater, television and film, opera, dance, and emerging forms of entertainment. Under the mentorship of world-class faculty, emphasis is placed on developing the imaginations and visual skills of the individual artist as the foundations for collaborative creation. We combine established practice and innovative pedagogical and technological advancement across all subject areas with an intensive student-centered school production season. Artistic invention, design and visual art courses interwoven with making and craft courses, diverse art practices, interdisciplinary collaboration, new forms of creative expression and the promotion of community and diversity are among the hallmarks of our training.
The successful candidate would serve as an integral part of a five-person costume design and production team that work closely together within a dynamic, drama conservatory community. Courses taught during the academic year would be in dialogue with the current faculty but could include–First Semester: History of Clothing (from a global, multicultural, and broad socio-political viewpoint), Design for the Stage; Second Semester: History of Clothing, Basic Design-Semiotics, Introduction to Costume Design, Concept Character Illustration. These classes would be taught to both graduate and undergraduate students. Because of the immediacy of this vacancy, recent syllabi and support materials can be provided.
We are deeply committed to the belief that an inclusive and equitable environment populated with diverse artists encourages innovative ideas that influence and improve the world at large.
● The teaching load will likely be 2:3
● The hired candidate would be expected to advise student designers on
up to 4 productions over the course of the year.
● Professional experience is necessary; some teaching and an MFA are
● Salary range: $65,000 to $70,000, plus benefits.
● Position is for in-person & on campus instruction in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania for the AY 2023-24 term: August 2023 - May 2024.
Professional experience is necessary; some teaching and an MFA are Desirable.
Review of applications will begin immediately. The application process will remain open until May 30, 2023 or until position is filled. Early application is encouraged.
To apply, please submit the following:
● Cover Letter
● A comprehensive digital portfolio or link to a professional website
● Three references including contact information
Carnegie Mellon University is committed to increasing the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. We welcome faculty applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching and service. We seek to meet the needs of dual-career couples and are a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) that assists with dual-career searches. Carnegie Mellon University makes every effort to provide physical and programmatic access to individuals with disabilities. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the employment process, please contact Equal Opportunity Services by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 412-268-3930.
Carnegie Mellon University shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.