Assistant Professor in Design & Production

Website University of Wisconsin

Working Title: Assistant Professor in Design & Production
Position Number 02330658
Division Peck School of the Arts
Department B2180 THEATRE
Position Type Faculty
Appointment Type Tenure Track Faculty
FLSA Status Exempt
Percent 100
Posting Type Faculty & Instructional
Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)
The UWM Peck School of the Arts is one of the largest and most comprehensive arts schools in the region. It has over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offers degree programs in Art & Design, Dance, Film, Music, and Theatre. The UWM campus is located on the east side of Milwaukee less than a mile from Lake Michigan. The university community enjoys both the cultural and employment advantages of a large city and the pleasant surroundings of a residential neighborhood.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a state-supported top-tiered (R1) research university with 30,000 students. It offers 94 undergraduate majors, 53 master’s degree programs, and 32 doctoral programs. Its commitment to excellence, powerful ideas, community and global engagement, and collaborative partnerships is achieved, in part, through its guiding values:

  • Innovation, leadership, and collaboration that fosters learning through education, scholarship and research, and public service.
  • Opportunities for open inquiry to support the positive transformation of individuals (students, faculty, and staff), institutions, and communities.
  • A caring, compassionate, and collegial community characterized by mutual respect and safety.
  • Diversity in all of its definitions, including who we are, how we think, and what we do.
  • Ethical behavior, based on integrity, accountability, and responsibility
  • Transparent and inclusive decision making.
  • Stewardship of resources that promote sustainability, prosperity, and equity for all in the local and global communities.
  • Pride in our institution, our unique qualities, and our vital role.
Job Summary
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee seeks applications for a full time, tenure track Assistant Professor in Design and Production with a specialty in Costuming. The department of Theatre at UWM serves approximately 180 majors. These students are pursuing BFA degrees in Acting, Musical Theatre or Production or a BA degree in general practices or K-12 teaching certification. Our programs are focused on uncovering and developing the creative and critical potential of the individual student while providing robust and challenging learning environments in a broad range of theatrical processes and experiences. The department’s programs are aimed at giving students a wide range of tools with which to speak to the contemporary moment and respond to the community within which they live.

UWM Theatre maintains an environment where all individuals, no matter their race or ethnicity, country of origin, gender or gender expression/identity, religion (or non-religion), economic circumstances, medical or physical condition, age, or ability are fully supported. We engage these principles by demonstrating accountable leadership, artistic excellence, non-biased peer and faculty support and by committing to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable theatre-education community. Further, we seek to provide a nurturing departmental culture that supports and challenges individuals to acknowledge the range of human experience that are part of the histories and creative expression of diverse cultures and groups in the United States and throughout the globe.

Minimum Qualifications
Applicants for this position must have or provide evidence of the following:

  • Demonstrated teaching and production expertise in at least one major area of theatre design (costuming).
  • Professional design and/or production experience is needed.
  • A terminal degree (MFA or PhD) or equivalent professional experience is required.
  • Excellent organizational skills are required.
Preferred Qualifications
Highly qualified applicants for this position will also provide evidence of the following:
  • At least one additional area of design or production experience or expertise is desirable.
  • Previous experience continuing creative/scholarly research and professional activity as a designer and theatre practitioner outside of the department.
Application Instructions
A completed application will include the following:
    • Cover letter addressing listed qualifications
    • Current curriculum vitae
    • The names and contact information of three professional references


This is a continuous recruitment with an initial review date of 2/20/2023. To ensure consideration, applications must be submitted by 2/19/2023. Applications submitted after 2/19/2023 may not be reviewed.
Application Deadline
Continuous (Open Until Filled?) Yes
If Continuous, Initial Review Date 02/20/2023
Position Contact Name Bill Watson
Contact Phone (414)251-8609
Contact Email [email protected]
Application Notes
For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.
Legal Notices
AA/EO Statement

UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

Reasonable Accommodations

UWM provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact [email protected] or 414-229-4463. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials

UWM is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. UWM will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin’s Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of “final candidates” and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC and Reference Check Policy

Employment will require a criminal background check. UWM takes the prevention of sexual misconduct seriously. As such, you and your references will be required to answer questions regarding any past findings of sexual violence and sexual harassment or any pending allegations of sexual violence or sexual harassment.

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Employment Authorization

In compliance with federal law, all persons at the time of their start date will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Title and Total Compensation Project

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