U of Maryland: Assistant/Associate Professor of Theatre/Performance History and Historiography (tenure track)

16 October, 2022 by James Harding | 0 comments

U of Maryland: Assistant/Associate Professor of Theatre/Performance History and Historiography (tenure track)

Accepting Applications for Assistant/Associate Professor of Theatre/Performance History and Historiography (tenure track) University of Maryland, College Park


University of Maryland, College Park / School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Assistant/Associate Professor of Theatre/Performance History and Historiography (tenure track)


For best consideration, please submit application by 28 November 2022

Questions? Contact Professor James Harding, Chair of the Search Committee, jharding@umd.edu


Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) is searching for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor of Theatre/Performance History and Historiography to begin August 2023. The successful candidate will be a scholar and teacher of exceptional promise or established reputation and will develop and teach innovative courses in theatre/performance history, historiography, and theory at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The successful candidate will be someone whose research, teaching, and service have prepared them to contribute to diversity and inclusion. We seek scholars of US theatre and/or performance whose primary focus is African American/Black, Latin/x, or Asian American theatre. Other areas of expertise might include: feminist theories, minoritarian performance history and theory; history of postcolonial, indigenous and/or diasporic theatres; or, queer theory and performance. We are particularly interested in candidates who are scholar/artists.

This position will begin in Fall 2023, joining six other new artist/scholar faculty lines in 2021 and 2022, that were funded by the creation of the Maya Brin Institute for New Performance. The Maya Brin Institute for New Performance is committed to the exploration of technologically enhanced live performance in all its current, emerging, and future forms. (See announcement here: $9M Gift Founds New Institute for Performance and Technology in the Arts.) The Maya Brin Institute is part of the University of Maryland's Arts for All initiative, announced in 2021.

Duties: teaching courses from current curriculum in the MA and PhD program, undergraduate and general education curriculum, and developing of new courses. The successful candidate will maintain a program of research/creative activity appropriate to the University of Maryland’s standing as the State of Maryland’s flagship institution. The candidate will regularly participate in appropriate national/international forums. The candidate’s research/creative activity should relate to the program’s curriculum and reflect a high standard consistent with and supportive of the mission and initiatives of the School, College, and University. All faculty build their teaching portfolios by teaching general education classes as appropriate to their training and experience. TDPS faculty are actively involved in School governance, the intellectual and artistic life of the School, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the University community.

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD by 22 August 2023 in theatre history, performance studies, critical dance studies, or related field

Documented experience teaching at the university level

Potential to achieve high national/international professional standing in the field

Demonstrated ability to incorporate diverse perspectives and foster the values of inclusivity and diversity into teaching and research

Evidence of the ability to work collegially


Preferred qualifications:

Experience supervising student research

Experience teaching graduate students

Experience teaching in a culturally diverse environment

Experience as a theatre/performance/dance practitioner (e.g. dramaturg, director, choreographer, performer) Experience with institutional service

Proficiency with developing and delivering online courses


Please apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu (Posting: Assistant Professor, PN F0005943)

Applications should include:

Curriculum vitae

Name, email address, phone number for three current professional references

Research Statement

Teaching statement/pedagogy philosophy

Statement of Contributions to Diversity: a summary of leadership efforts, and past or potential contributions to diversity. (Contributions might include leadership in teaching, mentoring, research, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly or professional environment and/or increasing access or participation of individuals from historically underrepresented groups.)

Optional: Digital portfolio or website


This search is contingent upon the availability of funds.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression.

Women, historically underrepresented minorities, LGBTQ+, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



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