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Adjunct Lecturer in Costume Design

School of Dramatic Arts Faculty Los Angeles, California

The USC School of Dramatic Arts invites applications for Part-time Adjunct Lecturer positions in Costume Design, Production and Technology, starting August 16, 2021 with classes beginning August 23rd, 2021. 

Position duties may include teaching one to two courses in the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters, mentoring BFA and BA student costume designers in production work each semester, and attending occasional design faculty meetings.  Courses include 2 semester sequenced classes in Drawing and Rendering for the Theatre, Costume Design I and II, and Senior Seminar - a professional practices and outreach course specific to the BFA Design cohort taught in the Spring semester.

Mentorship consists of instructing and advising student designing of curricular, departmental productions. Payment for mentorship is hourly and compensated in addition to teaching load, estimated at 4-5 hours weekly. The Adjunct Lecturer in Costume Design will be asked to attend production meetings, tech, and dress rehearsals as needed to guide student-designers through the production process. They may also facilitate communication between the student-designer and the director, Costume Shop Manager and other collaborators. Following each production, the Adjunct Lecturer in Costume Design will be asked to provide feedback to their student mentees.

Additionally, the Adjunct Lecturer in Costume Design may be asked to design a departmental production if availability allows and would be compensated outside of teaching and mentoring. Course loads and responsibilities may be divided between two Adjunct Lecturers in Costume Design and may vary per semester. Loads will be determined by the top applicants' expertise and the needs of the BFA Design program.

Candidates must have established design careers and are expected to stay active in their professions while teaching - bringing the knowledge and experience of current techniques and practices to the classroom. Ideal candidates will provide professional and rigorous practice to an equally rigorous learning environment geared for over 20 productions presented each year.

Successful candidates will demonstrate leadership in their careers. While academic credentials are desirable, all equivalent experience in the professional arena is also highly considered. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. Within the cover letter candidates are asked to include brief statements addressing their teaching methodology and practices of inclusivity.

Salary range for this position is $45-$55/hour depending on experience.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre or Related Field
  • 1 - 2 years teaching
  • 5+ years as a professional designer with demonstrable ties to at least one theatre and creative work that demonstrates interest in originality, equity, diversity and inclusion
  • MS Office, Outlook, and Internet

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Theatre or Related Field
  • 3 - 5 years teaching
  • Professional track record of 5+ years design experience, impactful influence in the field, demonstrable ties to more than 3 theatres, and creative work that demonstrates interest in originality, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The USC School of Dramatic Arts, founded in 1945, is recognized internationally as a leader in theatre education. The School offers innovative programs and curricula in acting, direction, playwriting, design, critical studies, stage management, technical directing and applied theatre arts. With a faculty of artists working at the highest level of their profession, the School offers BA, BFA, MA and MFA degrees and an active production program of more than 20 shows annually that utilize four venues on campus.

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

USC is proudly pluralistic and committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding men and women. USC actively seeks nominations of applications from qualified individuals and from broadest possible community. The School of Dramatic Arts is interested in receiving applications from individuals who enhance the diversity of its work force.  We encourage applications from all qualified candidates who are eligible to work in the United States. However, we are unable to sponsor employment visas for this position. Please note the following visa categories do not qualify for unrestricted work authorization: B, H-1B, TN, E-3, E-2 Principle, O-1, P-1, nor L-1.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.



REQ20099403 Posted Date: 04/13/2021 - Thru date - 2021-05-10

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