Full-Time Faculty Position in Costume Design at Bennington College

Bennington, Vermont, United States | Full-time

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Bennington College invites applications for a full-time faculty member in Costume Design and History, to begin in Fall 2023. Areas of interest include Fashion, Clothing History, and other elective areas according to the successful candidate’s areas of expertise. The ideal candidate is an accomplished costume designer, with college teaching experience and considerable professional credits. The successful candidate will be responsible for creating and delivering a broad range of undergraduate courses in costume design and history, five per year, ranging from the introductory to advanced levels. They will also collaborate with faculty and students in drama, dance, and music, work closely with the full-time costume shop manager and mentor student designers. Special consideration will be given to candidates with a demonstrated interest in related areas such as clothing as art; personal expression involving clothing; political expression involving clothing; fashion and clothing in relationship to the environment; global traditions in clothing; clothing as symbol and subversion; and explorations of both historical and contemporary conceptions of clothing. Courses are open to students across all disciplines.  Compensation starts at $70,000 and is negotiable according to qualifications and experience.                                                                                                    

Bennington College is a small residential liberal arts college in southern Vermont, long distinguished for its progressive approach to higher education. The College was founded in 1932 on the principle of active engagement in learning, which is manifest in individualized plans of study developed by students together with faculty. Bennington’s open curricular structures facilitate innovative teaching across traditional disciplinary boundaries and small class sizes enable student-centered and engaged learning within the classroom. Faculty members at Bennington are teacher-practitioners whose professional work is in ongoing dialogue with their teaching and advising. As part of Bennington's commitment to progressive education, all faculty are required to be fully engaged in student advising. Full-time faculty teach the equivalent of five courses per year. 

Bennington serves a diverse student population inclusive of members of ethnically/racially minoritized, international, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities as well as diverse gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and student) will be accountable for upholding these values. The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply. 

In recognition of the employment challenges sometimes faced by academic couples in small communities, the College will also consider applications to share a single full-time faculty position. Applicants must each submit an individual application and indicate in their cover letters that they are applying jointly.

Candidates should apply online by submitting: 1) a letter of application; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy and descriptions of three potential course offerings; 4) links to, or examples of, relevant recent professional work; 5) a brief statement on the candidate’s potential to contribute to an increasingly diverse and inclusive environment through teaching, research, and/or service; and 6) contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. This position requires the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.