Non-tenure Asst. Professor of Theatre, Costume & Makeup Designer/Shop Manager (Fall 2022), School of Arts and Letters

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Assistant Professor of Theatre, Costume and Makeup Designer / Shop Manager

Non-tenure track

Truman State University


Position: Assistant Professor of Theatre (Costume and Makeup Designer / Shop Manager). Full-time, nine-month, non-tenure track position beginning August 15, 2022.


  • Teach Costume Design, Basic Costuming, Stage Makeup, and other coursework that could include one or more courses in Truman’s Dialogues (general education) program.
  • Manage costume and makeup production facilities
  • Design costumes for three faculty-directed productions in 2022-2023
  • Mentor student costume designers
  • University, School, and Department Service
  • Other duties as assigned


  • M.F.A., Ph.D., or ABD in Costume Design, or significant professional experience


  • Evidence of artistry in costume and makeup design (and related crafts)
  • Evidence of a commitment to collegial collaboration
  • Evidence of commitment to scholarship and/or creativity
  • Evidence of professional experience
  • Evidence of a commitment to student mentoring

Evaluation Criteria:

Evidence of:

  • Teaching effectiveness or potential for teaching effectiveness
  • Professional design experience
  • Excellence in design and execution
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Planning and organizational skills
  • Commitment to scholarship and/or creativity
  • Collegial collaboration
  • Commitment to student mentoring

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 40 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 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school 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 the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit

The Community: 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;
  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy;
  • at least three letters of recommendation;
  • link(s) to a photographical record or portfolio of design work;
  • and official or unofficial undergraduate and graduate college transcripts.

Review of applications will begin on August 3, 2022 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 Dr. Dana Smith, Professor of Theatre:

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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