Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Theatre (Costume Designer/Shop Manager) Fall 2021, School of Arts and Letters

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Assistant Professor of Theatre;  Costume Designer / Shop Manager

Truman State University


POSITION: Assistant Professor of Theatre (Costume Designer / Shop Manager). Full-time, renewable position beginning August 2021.


  • Teach Costume Design, Basic Costuming, Stage Makeup and other coursework
  • Manage costume and makeup production facilities
  • Design for four Mainstage productions
  • University, School and Department Service
  • Other duties as assigned


  • M.F.A. or Ph.D.  in Costume Design or significant professional experience by start date


  • College/university teaching experience beyond graduate assistantship
  • Evidence of commitment to scholarship and/or creativity
  • Evidence of professional experience
  • Evidence of a commitment to collegial collaboration
  • Previous teaching experience at a Liberal Arts institution


Evidence of:

  • Teaching effectiveness or potential for teaching effectiveness
  • Professional design and construction experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Planning and organizational skills
  • Commitment to scholarship and/or creativity
  • Strong personal creative work and exemplary student work (if available)
  • Collegial collaboration

RANK/SALARY: Salary commensurate with experience; benefits package includes life, health, and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and partial reimbursement for moving expenses.

THE THEATRE DEPARTMENT:  The Theatre Department offers the degree Bachelor of Arts in Theatre.  With four full-time instructors, the department currently enrolls approximately 90 majors.  As part of the School of Arts and Letters, along with visual arts and music, the department provides liberal arts experiences for non-theatre majors as well. 

THE UNIVERSITY:  Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 5,200 students that make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience, and nearly half go on to graduate school or professional education within a year of earning a degree.  

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes, and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among Missouri public four-year colleges and universities. For more than two decades, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category. The Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top ten of its master’s university rankings in each of the past seven years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit

Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, it is home to A.T. Still University, the world’s first osteopathic medical school, as well as a dental school and a community college. The Kirksville School District is among the best in the state, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the Scottish Highland Games and the Red, White and Blue Festival, among many more. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park, with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Due to its location, Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville regional airport to St. Louis allow for quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. Find more information about Kirksville at           

Application: The School of Arts and Letters handles the application process. Electronic submission of applications is preferred,  Application materials may be submitted to or by mail to Truman State University, Office of Human Resources, 100 E. Normal MC 101, Kirksville, MO 63501.  Completed applications must include a letter of application that clearly addresses the qualifications and evaluative criteria listed above; current curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development; contact information for at least three references; and official or unofficial undergraduate and graduate college transcripts.

Review of applications will begin on May 3, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates are required to undergo and successfully pass a background check.  Questions about this position may be directed to David Charles Goyette,

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Direct inquiries to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or

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