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.
Applicants should upload to Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/130967: 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 (email@example.com).
Offers are contingent upon completion of a successful background check.