Visiting Assistant Professor in Theater History, Performance Studies and/or Theatrical Practices

Oberlin College
Ohio, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 12, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Theater Department at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year beginning in the fall semester of 2021-22, and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor.

The Theater Department at Oberlin College offers both a major and a minor in Theater, with concentrations in acting; directing; design and technical theater; arts management; stage management; and theater history/critical studies. Comprised of three acting/directing and one critical studies/performance faculty members, the Department is also staffed by designers and technical personnel, who teach in their fields and are instrumental in producing three faculty-directed mainstage shows as well as a number of student-directed productions each academic year. Our students often create and perform original interdisciplinary works.

The incumbent will teach a total of five courses in the general area of theater history, performance Studies and/or theatrical practices. The successful candidate will have evidence of exceptional teaching and scholarship, preferably with an emphasis on the integration of theoretical and performative approaches. Expertise is desirable in one or more of the following fields: playwrighting; dramaturgy; dramatic literatures; directing; devised work; gender and LGBTQIA+ studies; African Diasporic, Asian/Pacific, Indigenous, and/or Latinx cultural traditions. The Visiting Assistant Professor’s five courses will include a two-semester required sequence in Theater History and three courses of their own design. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate excellence in working with students from diverse backgrounds.

Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D degree in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2021-22. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Oberlin College is committed to student and faculty diversity, equity and inclusion. The incumbent will bring understanding of or experience working with underrepresented and diverse academic populations. Oberlin is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. Oberlin recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran’s status, and/or other protected status as required by applicable law.

To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter describing your teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and service, detailing any connections to supporting an inclusive learning environment; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) an unofficial graduate transcript; 4) a statement detailing your commitment to and experience in diversity and equity in teaching; 5) a research statement that includes how you will support undergraduate research and, if applicable, how you might incorporate undergraduate students into your research program; and 6) Letters of Reference from three recommenders.* All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin College and Conservatory’s online application process at:

*By providing three letters of reference, you agree that we may contact your letter writers.

Review of application will begin on February 15 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by the deadline of March 1 will be guaranteed full consideration.

Questions about the position can be addressed to: Caroline Jackson Smith, Chair, Department of Theater,