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Lecturer, Costume Design and Costume Shop, Music Theater and Dance

University of Nebraska at Kearney
Job Location:
Kearney, Nebraska
Other Fine and Applied Arts Faculty

Job Description or Duties

Costume design and costume shop management/supervision are two essential elements for the UNK Theatre Program to function as both an educational program and a producing faction. This faculty position holds expectations for teaching and service. Teaching load is comprised of roughly one third academic coursework, one third production/design responsibilities, and one third shop supervision of students – both for classwork and student employment. Teaching assignments include undergraduate courses in Costume Design, Theatrical Make-up, and Costume Construction, as well as other courses appropriate to the candidate’s interests and experiences, and departmental needs. Annual production responsibilities include costume design or mentorship of student designers, timely costume construction, hair and make-up design, and shop supervision for five main-stage productions (three plays, one musical, and one dance concert). The Costume Designer/Costume Shop Manager is also responsible for collaborative mentorship of student costume designers in a range of production, class-related, and other educationally relevant projects. As Costume Shop Manager, the candidate will organize and oversee safe, efficient, and timely Costume Shop operations, including the training and supervision of student workers. This position will oversee equipment maintenance and costume storage, use of theatre spaces with respect to costumes, and access to equipment and spaces for student and guest designers. Active participation in recruitment and retention is expected.

Required Qualifications:

Earned MFA in Costume Design or related field; Proficiency in construction; Evidence of successful teaching; Experience as costume designer/costume shop manager. Experience in hair/make-up design. Evidence of effective verbal and written communication.

Teaching responsibilities would begin either Spring Semester 2023 or Fall Semester 2023 depending on selected candidate availability. Please attach a cover letter that includes link to digital portfolio showing renderings and completed designs, curriculum vitae, and contact information for five professional references.

Preferred Qualifications:

Three years professional experience that may include professional theatrical employment and/or teaching. Supervisory experience in costume work at the collegiate level. Experience in designing for theatre, dance, and opera. Experience in other theatrical design or performance areas. Notice of additional qualifications or expertise appreciated.

HOW TO APPLY: To ensure full consideration, please submit all application materials before review date October 22, 2022. For more information and to apply visit UNK Employment Opportunities. For more information about the position contact: Darin Himmerich, For more information about the online application process contact: 308-865-8516 or

SALARY AND BENEFITS: With contingent offer of employment, the University of Nebraska will conduct an investigation of employment records, educational records, criminal records, and other records to verify the information provided in your application and/or any additional information you have provided is accurate. Salaries at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are competitive. The University provides a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee. NuFlex benefit choices include a Medical Plan and Prescription Drug Program, Vision Care, Dental Plan, LTD, Life Insurance, AD&D Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, and Reimbursement Accounts for Health and Dependent Care. The Employee and Dependent Scholarship program is also available to eligible employees. Basic Retirement Plan options include TIAA and Fidelity.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney, serving over 6,000 students, is one of four University of Nebraska campuses. Established in 1905, the University has a tradition of emphasis in scholarly teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a variety of disciplines. Kearney, a progressive city of over 33,000, is the educational, medical, cultural, commercial, and agricultural center of a large mid-state area.

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