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CUNY Assistant or Associate Professor of Costume Design & Technology in New York, New York

Job Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of Costume Design & Technology

Job ID: 21864

Location: Borough of Manhattan CC

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is a vibrant, pluralistic learning community committed to the intellectual and personal growth of students. With enrollment of nearly 27,000 students, BMCC is the largest of the 24 institutions comprising The City University of New York (CUNY).

The College is strategically located in downtown Manhattan in close proximity to the artistic communities of Tribeca and SoHo, the dynamic downtown financial district, and the center of New York City government at City Hall. BMCC prides itself on the diversity of our students: over 41% are Hispanic, over 30% are Black or African American, over 15% are Asian or Pacific Islander, over 30% were born outside the US, and they represent more than 160 countries of origin with over 115 languages spoken. We are an inclusive community that promotes an atmosphere of mutual respect of each member’s ethnicity, gender, age, disability, religion, political preference, sexual orientation, gender identity and national origin, among other personal characteristics. Collectively we share a belief in the transformative power of education to further the intellectual, economic, and social vitality of individuals and communities-and in the role of community colleges in advancing equity and social justice.

BMCC’s motto speaks to this common sense of purpose and possibility: Start Here, Go Anywhere. As we strive to make BMCC the very best it can be - a leading global community college of the 21st Century - we are dedicated to building a diverse and talented faculty that is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service within our multicultural and international environment.

The Theatre Program in the Department of Speech, Communication, and Theatre Arts at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) of The City University of New York invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position starting in Fall 2020 for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Costume Design & Technology.

The Department of Speech, Communication, and Theatre Arts houses Communication Studies and Theatre majors; we also co-house the interdisciplinary Gender & Women’s Studies major with the Department of Social Sciences. The Theatre Program serves around 260 majors and typically produces a main stage play and a workshop in the Fall semester and a main stage musical or classical play in the Spring semester in addition to classroom 'Page to Stage' presentations and a Staged Reading Series. Design faculty in our Theatre Program teach technical classes with design components such as Elements of Production and Production Practicums (including, but not limited to, Basic Costume Construction and Makeup Design & Styling), as well as Introduction to Theatre.

Faculty are expected to participate fully in the operations of a growing and collaborative department including design, construction and technical supervision of productions in their area(s) of expertise, budget operations, purchasing, as well as organization and maintenance of costume inventory for use by classes and for productions. Costume design faculty are assisted by part time staff, but must be able to execute their designs, manage the costume shop, and maintain costume inventory independently when needed. Evening and /or weekend schedule required.

Faculty will share responsibility for curriculum development, participation in departmental and college-wide activities and committees, such as grant writing, assessment, faculty development, mentoring student projects, academic advisement and other functions for the good of the institution. Research, publication, or outside creative work are expected for tenure and promotion. Our ideal candidate is professionally active in the theatre, will maintain industry-standard levels of safety and organization in our spaces, as well as possesses the ability to adhere to production budgets and timelines while leading student production teams. Effective communication and collaboration with students, faculty designer, and directors is a must.


Required Qualifications:

  1. Ph.D or MFA; or equivalent, in theatre, theatre design or a related field.

  2. A record of teaching costume design & technology besides general stagecraft and professional design or tech experience in theatre or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. at least three years of prior college teaching experience including experience with teaching and learning related technologies;

  2. significant professional experience in costume design/technology or costume shop management;


  1. experience teaching non-traditional urban college students through culturally sustaining/responsive pedagogical strategies.

Please note that candidates who are invited for interviews will be expected give a brief portfolio presentation for theatre faculty.


CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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Candidates should provide a CV/resume and statement of scholarly interests (no more than two pages).


May 3, 2020


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