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Collegiate Assistant Professor in Theater & Performance Studies

The University of Chicago
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 17, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Humanities Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago is accepting applications from scholars and practitioners of Theater and Performance Studies for up to two four-year, non-renewable, postdoctoral teaching appointments as Harper and Schmidt Fellows who hold the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor. Fellows are members of the College Faculty whose primary responsibility is the teaching of theater and performance studies classes in the College's general education (Core) program, including coursework in theatre, dance or movement studies, and performance studies.

The position is open to those who will have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. or DFA degree no later than August 31, 2022. Applicants who have completed an MFA and can demonstrate relevant professional experience in addition to their academic training are also welcome to apply.

In most years, the Fellow will teach two sections per quarter of Core courses in TAPS, making a total of six courses per year. Currently, TAPS core courses include: Text & Performance (TAPS 103), Acting Fundamentals (TAPS 102), Drama: Embodiment & Transformation (TAPS 101), Contemporary Dance Practices (TAPS 108), and Moving & Thinking / Thinking & Moving (TAPS 109). The Fellow also has the opportunity to design an independent course to be taught usually in the fourth year. TAPS comprises a vibrant undergraduate curriculum, an extensive co-curricular performance ecology, and an interdisciplinary PhD program, all of which are designed to explore and enliven the relation of critical inquiry to artistic practice.  We encourage applications from candidates who share its commitment to performance as embodied research.

The Fellow will be a member of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts ( They will be eligible for one quarter of research leave, typically in the third year of residence, and may be eligible to apply for a second research leave in the Spring of the fourth and final year of appointment. The base salary will be determined according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement currently under renegotiation plus a benefits package and an annual professional development allowance of $5,000. For reference, the annual base salary for this rank in academic year 2020-21 was $72,307. Additional benefits, based on eligibility, include a publication allowance and a childcare allowance. The effective date for this appointment is September 1, 2022. This position is governed by a collective bargaining agreement.

Applicants should submit applications through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio website, . Applicants must upload the following materials: a letter of application introducing teaching, research and artistic interests and experiences, and detailing progress toward completion of the MFA and/or PhD if not in hand; a current curriculum vitae; an abstract (not to exceed 2500 words) for the dissertation or equivalent major research project, and relevant professional experiences; two course descriptions (of no more than 250 words each) for courses in Theater and Performance Studies in the applicant's subfield; and the names and contact information [email, regular mail, and telephone] for three references whose letters of recommendation may be solicited. Teaching evaluations, if available, may also be uploaded.

Application deadline is February 20, 2022. Only completed applications will be considered.  The position is contingent upon budgetary approval.  Interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

Please contact Vicki Walden ( with any questions.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email with their request.

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