Utah State University

Assistant Professor of Costume Design

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 3 months ago(1/13/2024 3:20 PM)
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Caine College of the Arts
Theatre Arts
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Utah State University Department of Theatre Arts seeks a dynamic artist-teacher of Costume Design. This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position. Review of applications begins February 1, 2024, and continues until filled. The position start date is August 1, 2024.


  • Candidates for this tenure-track position will be expected to demonstrate ongoing commitment and engagement in creative theatrical practice in their area of expertise by maintaining a creative/scholarly profile that is consistent with their national peer group. The department seeks individuals with strong professional networking resources that will benefit MFA and BFA design students.
  • This position is the primary teacher and mentor for the BFA/MFA Costume Design degree concentrations. Responsibilities include teaching, recruiting, and administration of the costume design program within the Design/Tech (DT) area of the Department of Theatre Arts.
  • Teaching costume design/costume history curriculum.
  • In consultation with colleagues, determination of student costume designer assignments for department productions.
  • Mentoring student designers through tech and dress rehearsals; periodic evening and weekend attendance required.
  • Service as Artistic Associate of Costume Design for the Lyric Repertory Company – USU’s professional summer repertory company – including an annual design opportunity.
  • Possible design assignments for departmental mainstage productions.
  • Possible course assignments in an additional area of expertise, per applicant strengths and department needs.
  • Participate in department, college, and university service.
  • Provide national, state, and local service to the profession.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • MFA in Costume Design with professional costume design experience at the regional level or higher.
  • Demonstrated track record of ability to collaborate with students, faculty, and staff on designs for mainstage productions in a student-centered environment.
  • Minimum one year of teaching experience at the university level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years teaching experience at a university with evidence of successful recruitment and teaching.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse student populations including diversity of gender identity and cultural background.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”.

2) Name and contact information (including email) for a minimum of three professional references to be entered at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile.

3) Link(s) to a website or online portfolio to be uploaded under Documents 1-10.

4) Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application. Please address recruiting experience, teaching approach, and the focus of your research and creative activity. 


Finalists will be requested to submit official transcripts for all degrees and institutions attended.


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

The Department of Theatre Arts


The Department of Theatre Arts offers a BFA in Performance, Design/Tech, and Theatre Education; a BA in Theatre (general studies); and an MFA with concentrations in Costume, Set, and Lighting Design. With approximately 100 students in the combined programs and a faculty that is continually active in the profession. The Department offers a robust slate of productions during the Utah State Theatre academic season. The professional arm of the Department is the Lyric Repertory Company, which provides USU students the opportunity to transition their craft from the academy to the profession, with productions during the summer as well as the academic year. More information is available at: https://cca.usu.edu/theatre/ and https://www.usu.edu/lyricrep/.


Utah State University is an R1 university under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).


Employment in this position is contingent upon a satisfactory background check. Utah State University is an AA/EO Employer and encourages gender and ethnic diversity. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique and diverse contributions that you can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.


Caine College of the Arts


The Caine College of the Arts (CCA) seeks to make the arts more visible, more innovative, and more fully integrated into the intellectual life of Utah State University and the communities it serves. The CCA is a collaborative community, representing the collective strengths and voices of the arts and it acts as a conduit for connecting people and programs. The CCA offers a visiting artist program that brings important artists, designers, and scholars to campus, is home to award-winning faculty, features a world-class performance hall, offers internships with prominent artists and designers, and operates several international study opportunities. The College houses the Departments of Art + Design, Music, and Theatre Arts, and is closely affiliated with the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art on the USU campus.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant, public service university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion, empowering people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. Utah State provides high-quality education to 27,500-plus students locations throughout the state, including at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online educates students from all 50 states and 55 countries. For over 25 years, USU Extension has served and engaged Utahns in all of Utah’s counties. As an R1 research institution, Utah State is dedicated to advancing knowledge through research and scholarly activities, providing a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price.


Utah State is committed to cultivating a community of inclusive excellence where all perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Forbes recognized our commitment to employees when they named Utah State the best employer in Utah in 2023. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 04/2024

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

*updated 09/2023


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