Assistant or Associate Professor of Theatre History and Performance Studies

July 12, 2018

Assistant or Associate Professor of Theatre History and Performance Studies


The University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies seeks candidates for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Theatre History and Performance Studies for the academic year of 2018-2019. Applicants must propose a rigorous research agenda that takes advantage of the resources on our campus and in ourregion.

Position Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of Theatre History and Performance Studies; full-time, tenure track or tenured, nine month, academic-year position

Position Number: 118333

Starting Date: January 2019 or August 2019

Salary: commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position Description: The University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and PerformanceStudies (TDPS) invites applications from advanced scholars with an established record of research and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will have a strong list of publications, an established national and/or international reputation as a scholar and be prepared to teach courses in theatre history, theory, and performance studies at both graduate and undergraduate levels. They will have a distinguished record of research, of excellent teaching, of successful external grant applications, of institutional service, and of collaboration with other scholars. The candidate should also have solid experience supervising student research. Faculty at TDPS are actively involved in School governance, the intellectual and artistic life of the School, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the University community. This search is contingent upon funding.

Qualifications Required: Applicants are required to hold the PhD degree and demonstrate expertise in theatre history and performance studies. They must have a record of a minimum of five years of university or college teaching and experience supervising student research. Applicants must have a research agenda that will enhance the diversity of our PhD Program in Theatre and Performance Studies. Women and under-represented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as international candidates. Please go to TDPS.UMD.EDU to see current faculty areas of expertise.

Preference will be given to individuals who specialize in Latinx and/or Latin American theatre and performance studies. Full consideration will also be given to African and African-American theatre and performance research, and to Asian and Asian-American theatre and performance research.

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. Minorities, women, and international scholars are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Description: The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies has approximately 175 undergraduate and 70 graduate students enrolled in its programs. The School offers: separate BA programs in Dance and in Theatre; an MA in Theatre and Performance Studies; separate MFA programs in Dance, and in Design; and a nationally ranked PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies in which students study both fields equally. New initiatives include a ten-year funded program of International Collaboration and Research (IPCCR) that includes School and campus wide collaborations and a seed granting program for international collaborations; classes that combine design, dance, performance and scholarship in devising work that require cross-disciplinary collaboration, shared language, and expanded boundaries; a dramaturgy program linked to the area’s professional theatres, and yearly symposia. Members of our faculty work with a wide variety of University centers including, the Latin American Studies Center, the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, the Center for the History of the New America, the Center for Research on Latino Educational Success, the Center for East Asian Studies, the Roshan Center for Persian Studies, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, and the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity.

Facilities/Location: The University of Maryland in located along the Baltimore/Washington corridor in College Park, Maryland, a short drive or Metro ride to WDC and it’s cultural riches. We are in the northwest section of Prince George’s County, one of the most diverse counties in the country. The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies is housed in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art complex with six performance venues, rehearsal rooms, production shops, World Outreach classrooms, the School of Music, and the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library. Located just minutes from the Nation’s Capital, the University is linked by mass transit to the fastest growing theatre and performance market in the country. The region is home to more than 80 professional theatres, including Arena Stage, GALA Hispanic Theatre, the Kennedy Center, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Signature Theatre, and Synetic Theatre. World-class research facilities of institutions such as the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Smithsonian Institutions, and Dumbarton Oaks are all within a very short commute.

Application: For best consideration, applications should be received by October 1, 2018, although applications will be considered until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted in late October and early November 2018. To Apply: Go to and click on faculty link. Choose this posting and submit the following: a letter of application; a curriculum vitae/resume; Research statement; Teaching philosophy and student evaluations; and contact information for at least three references who we may contact. If you have any questions, you may contact the search coordinator at Mailing address is: Theatre History and Performance Studies Search Committee - School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies - University of Maryland - 2810 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center - College Park, MD 20742-1610.

    1. Two undergraduate courses and one graduate seminar in area of specialization;
    2. Student mentoring;
    3. Service on School committees.

    Preference will be given to applicants with experience in Latinx Theatre, AsianAmerican Theatre, African American Theatre, Arab Theatre, and/or Digital Theatre, though other specializations will beconsidered.

    Qualifications: PhD degree in Theatre or Performance Studies, conferred no later than June 1, 2018.

    Application Deadline: For best consideration, applications should be received by July 2, 2018.

    To Apply: Go to and choose this posting and submit the following: a letter of application; a two-page description of proposed research; a  curriculum vitae; and list of references. If you have any questions, you may contact the search coordinator at  Mailingaddress is: Postdoctoral Search Committee - School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies - University of Maryland - 2810 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center - College Park, MD 20742- 1610.

    The University of Maryland is an equal-opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from candidates who are committed to valuing and enhancing thediversity of ourcommunity.