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Visiting Assistant Professor in Theater and Dance, and Costume Shop Director
Whitman College

Date Posted Mar. 15, 2021
Title Visiting Assistant Professor in Theater and Dance, and Costume Shop Director
University Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA, United States
Application Deadline Review of applications begins April 15 and will be open until filled
Position Start Date August, 2021
  • Adjunct/Visiting Prof
    Assistant Professor
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education

Whitman College Department of Theater and Dance seeks a Full Time Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance, and Costume Shop Director, effective August 2021. An MFA in Costume Design or Technology is required, with successful teaching experience at the post-secondary level.

The standard annual teaching load for this position is two courses (Costume Design and Costume Construction), costume design for two productions, plus the responsibilities held by the Costume Shop Director. A successful candidate will also have significant experience with costume construction (cutting, draping, flat patterning), period silhouettes, fabric modification and wardrobe maintenance. Make-up and hair design experience is useful. The Costume Shop Director works closely with both professional guest designers and student designers coordinating and executing our six season productions, including a combination of fully realized guest and faculty directed work, dance performances, and student directed work with varying degrees of shop support. An understanding of the varying timelines for dance production and devised work is valuable. The Costume Shop Director manages their own materials and labor budget, hires and trains a student work crew, maintains the costume shop, stock areas and dressing rooms, and actively participates in holistic production planning. Excellent communication and organizational skills, as well as the ability to foster an inclusive, positive working environment focused on education, are a must.

Whitman College is committed to cultivating a diverse learning community. Applicants should explain how their classroom and scholarly practices will serve to create and sustain an inclusive learning environment. This statement can be included in the cover letter or the teaching statement. In their cover letter, candidates should address their interest in working at a liberal arts college with undergraduates, majors as well as non-majors, at all levels of instruction.

To apply, go to The online application will prompt you to submit all of the required materials: a letter of application; separate statements addressing the candidate's teaching interests; portfolio; curriculum vitae; the contact information for three people who will be contacted for letters of reference; graduate transcripts; and evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction.

Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2021, and applications will be open until the position is filled.

Whitman College is building a diverse academic community and especially encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college's learning environment. Whitman College is an EEO employer.

For additional information about Whitman College and the Walla Walla area, see and

Whitman College is located on the traditional Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla homelands. We pay our respect to tribal elders both past and present and extend our respect to all Indigenous people today. We honor their stewardship of the land and ecosystem and commit to continuing that important work.

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