Job ID: 220465

Professor and Department Chair in Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies

Tufts University

  • Aug. 29, 2023
  • Professor and Department Chair in Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies
  • School of Arts & Sciences: Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies
  • Tufts University
    Medford, MA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Performance Studies
    Drama/Theater/Theater Education

The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at Tufts University is seeking a Professor to lead our doctoral and undergraduate programs as Chair. The department seeks a dynamic and collaborative leader committed to a socially-engaged study of theatre, dance, and performance.


The Chair is the primary academic, administrative, and external affairs officer of the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and reports to the Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Arts and Sciences. They also serve as the artistic director for the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. The Chair collaborates transparently with department faculty to set the department’s mission and goals for research, teaching, artistry, and service. The Chair must also recruit and support a diverse faculty, staff, and student body; coordinate the department’s season planning process; build relationships with Boston-area theatre, dance, and arts organizations; administer the department’s budget; plan strategic advances and target growth in the department’s programs; serve as an active member of the university.


The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies offers a collegial environment for thinking critically about histories and institutions of power. The department is invested in illuminating how social and cultural formations inform performances on and off the stage. Given the department’s commitment to both student and faculty success, we are confident that the candidate will find an intellectual and creative home at Tufts as well as an enthusiastic and engaged classroom environment.



The candidate must be a nationally/internationally recognized scholar with an ongoing research agenda, as well as a record of creative practice who is qualified to hold the rank of Full Professor with tenure. Candidates must hold a PhD in Theatre, Dance, Performance Studies, or a related discipline. Area of expertise is open, with interdisciplinary interests that may include: gender & sexuality studies, disability studies, cultural studies, critical race studies, queer and trans studies, science and technology studies, transnational studies, media studies, or environmental studies, among other fields. We welcome applications from scholars and teachers who work across a diverse range of methodologies, including performance ethnography, archival inquiry, applied theatre, textual/embodied analysis and on. 


Application Instructions

Applicants should upload to Interfolio at a cover letter, CV, and up to 50 pages of representative scholarship. Finalists will be asked to provide the names and contact information for four references. Application materials should speak to the candidate’s leadership, research, and teaching record. 


Review of applications will begin November 15, 2023 and continues until the position is filled. Campus visits are planned for late January. Please address any questions to Department Administrator, Lindsey Cooke ( 


Offers are contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

  • Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University has also committed to becoming an anti-racist institution and prides itself on the continuous improvement of diversity, equity and inclusion work. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. See the University’s Non-Discrimination statement and policy here If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617-627-3298 or at Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at

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