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Assistant Professor (Designer: Costume Design, Hair, Makeup, and Costume Construction)
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
Department of Theater and Dance
Date Posted:
December 04, 2017
Closing Date:
Continuous - application review begins February 01, 2018
Salary Information:
I3M09, commensurate with qualifications and experience
Monthly Type:
9 Month
Tenure Track:
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time
General Funds

Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Teach courses and mentor students (graduate and undergraduate) in costume design, costume construction, theatrical makeup, and hair/wig design and maintenance. Up to two full (3) credit courses per appointed semester.
  2. Supervise students as needed in relevant practical work via the teaching or supervising of relevant courses, and mentoring students working on departmental productions.
  3. Serve as a resource and guest lecturer for other classes within the department to facilitate the instruction of relevant subject matter.
  4. Serve as designer for departmental productions in the areas of Costumes, Hair/Wigs, and Makeup.
  5. Recruit, mentor, and supervise student designers for costumes, hair/wigs, and makeup for departmental productions.
  6. Collaborate with and assist relevant staff, as well as supervise students, to facilitate the execution and creation of costumes, hair/wig, and makeup for departmental productions.
  7. Assist in the mentoring of costume shop employees.
  8. Formally supervise Costume Graduate Assistants when applicable.
  9. Help recruit students for wardrobe and dressing running crews, and when appropriate assist in the training of those students.
  10. Work with and support the Costume Shop Manager on all production related elements, including doing an appropriate amount of hands-on work in the costume shop.
  11. Contribute to the relevant field(s) via scholarly and creative endeavors. Maintain an active program of extracurricular academic or creative research and/or publication.
  12. Provide service and support to the design program, department, college, university, and broader communities.
  13. Provide service and advice for non-production departmental programs and functions.
  14. Serve on graduate, departmental, college, and university-wide committees.
  15. Participate in university/departmental responsibilities: such as: attending departmental meetings, faculty meetings, season selection/scheduling meetings, design meetings, and production meetings.
  16. Other duties as assigned by chair.
Minimum Qualifications
  1. MFA in Theatrical Costume Design, with emphasis, coursework, and training supportive of position, and relevant professional experience.
  2. One year of relevant teaching and design (full-time or equivalent experience) at college/university level.
  3. Presentation of a professional portfolio showing samples of relevant work.
  4. Experience in theater and dance costume design, construction, hair/wigs, and makeup.
Desirable Qualifications
  1. Experience in costume crafts and related technologies, such as millinery, theatrical dye/paint techniques, mask-making, puppetry-costumes, etc.
  2. Knowledge and skill in teaching flat patterning, draping, construction, and costume/fashion history.
  3. Demonstrated excellence in teaching
  4. Teaching experience in a multicultural environment
  5. Relevant professional, national, and/or international credits.
  6. Affiliations with relevant professional/scholarly organizations.
  7. Portfolio demonstrating a range of talent and experiences including work in some or all of: Western, Asian, and Pacific Theatre and Dance.
  8. Demonstrated interest in Asian/Pacific theatre and dance.

To Apply:
Submit, 1) cover letter detailing how you meet minimum and desirable qualifications and are qualified to perform duties; 2) resume/curriculum vitae; 3) transcripts for highest degree (copies acceptable; official/original transcripts required upon hire); 4) names and contact information (phone and e-mail) for at least three professional/academic references; 5) samples of relevant teaching and design work as a downloadable file (pdf, powerpoint, mov or similar format). Links to online portfolio website will not be considered. Electronic applications must be sent to Brian Shevelenko at via UH FileDrop Service at with the expiration timer for the file upload set to 7 days. Application materials will not be returned. Paper application packets or supplemental materials can be sent to the address below. No partial applications will be accepted.
  1. Chair, Designer-Search
  2. University of Hawai’i-Manoa
  3. Department of Theatre and Dance
  4. 1770 East West Road
  5. Honolulu, HI 96822
  1. Brian Shevelenko; 808-956-3481;

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