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Department of Theatre and Dance

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Assistant Professor of Costume Design

The University of South Carolina invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Costume Design appointment in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Salary is commensurate with experience. The start date is August 16, 2017.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Teaching 3/3 load per semester including coursework at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Courses offerings from: Costume Design, Costume History, Rendering Techniques, and Special Topics in Costuming based upon expertise and interests.
  • Design for and/or Supervision of Costume Designs for Main Stage Theatre season. Course load can be adjusted from traditional classroom/studio to teaching through production design as determined by chair.
  • Supervision of MFA Costume Design Emphasis including graduate practicums (1-2 per semester).
  • Collaborate with full-time Costume studio faculty (Shop Manager/ Instructor of Costume Technology and Instructor of Make-up & Hair Design) in daily operation of the Costume Studio and execution of costumes for theatre performance season.

Expected qualifications:

  • MFA in Costume Design.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the university level.
  • Interest in developing curricula that reflects innovative and current trends in Costume Design.
  • At a minimum, must possess current professional costume design experience in Theatre, Film or Television at a regional level.
  • National or International recognition in the field of Costume design (USITT National Exhibitions, PQ Exhibitions, OISTAT Exhibitions, etc.)
  • Experience in other costume technical areas such as, but not limited to: costume construction, dance design, dying/painting, millinery, and crafts.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative, team-based environment.
  • Experience in computer rendering is desirable.


The Department of Theatre and Dance is accredited by NAST, a member of U/RTA, invests in high quality support for productions, and brings in nationally recognized guest artists. The Theatre program is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences and offers four degree programs: the MFA (with emphases in acting, directing, costume design, scene design or lighting design), MA in Theatre, MAT in Theatre with K-12 certification, and a BA in Theatre. For more information about the Department, visit the website:

Review of applications will begin January 23, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.


Send a letter of application, resume / CV, three current letters of reference, and the addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for three additional references to:
Dr. Stephanie Milling
Chair of the Costume Search Committee
University of South Carolina
Longstreet Theatre, Suite 402
Columbia, SC 29208

or by email at

Applicant must also apply directly to the University of South Carolina's Division of Human Resources Employment Website at:

The University of South Carolina’s main campus is located in the state capital, close to mountains and coast. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated the University as one of only 40 public institutions with “very high research activity”.  The Carnegie Foundation also lists USC as having strong community engagement. The University has over 31,000 students on the main campus, more than 300 degree programs, and a nationally-ranked library system that includes one of the nation’s largest public film archives. Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, is the center of an increasingly sophisticated greater metropolitan area with a population of over 800,000.   

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.