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Theater Arts: Assistant Professor of Design with an emphasis on Costume (open until filled, initial review 2/8/21)

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 25th, 2020

Last review date: Monday, Feb 8, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Theater Arts Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Design with an emphasis on costume. The candidate will join the department at a pivotal moment: we are forging a collaboration with Art & Design: Games and Playable Media, which will position us at the cutting edge of digital performance and play, while also reimagining our curriculum to center anti-racist, intersectional feminist, and decolonial approaches. Applicants should be able to teach a range of courses including Introduction and Advanced Costume Design, Costume History and Construction, Introduction to Design (all areas), and Narrative Design. We have a preference for candidates with expertise in designing across varied platforms and disciplines. Possible related areas of research and teaching might include global design history and theory; digital and/or game design; costuming with sensitivity to ethnic and cultural representation; or trans-affirming, non-ableist, and body-positive design. Prefer candidates with MFA or higher degree (or foreign equivalent) in Design with expectation degree will completed by September 2021 or equivalent professional experience.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, contribute service to the department, Arts Division and university at large, and maintain a professional practice as research. The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Given our department’s focus on the work of decolonizing our teaching, research, and service, our first round of review will be solely based on (1) the research statement and (2) the statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing historically oppressed groups in higher education, and who have engaged in teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are looking for candidates that demonstrate effective strategies that support the recruitment and success of underrepresented scholars and students, which may take a variety of forms. The rubric that we will use to evaluate the statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion is available here:


Assistant Professor [tenure-track]


Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).


Demonstrated record of research as evidenced by contributions to devised theater, film, TV and digital media, dance, visual arts, opera, commercial theater, and/or resident/regional theater, and/or collaboration with established directors or designers; demonstrated record of teaching in higher education as evidenced by teaching assistant, lecturer/adjunct work, and/or classroom experience.


July 1, 2021, with the academic year beginning in September 2021.


Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Reference Requirement

Applications must include 3 confidential letters of recommendation.* Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at


Full consideration will be given to applications completed by February 8, 2021. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

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Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research - 1 page, stating research philosophy, process and goals

    Initial screening of candidates will be based on statements of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion and research statements.

  • Statement of Teaching - 1 page, describing your teaching experience and teaching interests

  • Syllabus/description of proposed course(s)

  • Weblink to a Design Portfolio - 1 page that includes the weblink and a brief portfolio description

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

    Initial screening of candidates will be based on statements of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion and research statements.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

Job location

Santa Cruz, California