JOB POSTING: Assistant Professor, Drama, University of Alberta

Posted by | October 06, 2018 | Uncategorized

Assistant Professor: Department of Drama

Competition No.  – A110137312
Closing Date  – Will remain open until filled.

Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory and are a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.

The Department of Drama at the University of Alberta seeks an artist/scholar with a commitment to undergraduate, liberal arts education for a full-time tenure track appointment at the Assistant Professor level. The principal focus of the BA (Drama) program is the integration of critical theory and practice. Students pursue the creation of original, independent, and often collectively developed work, and engage in multiple streams of specialization in the study and practice of theatre. The successful candidate will play a major role in the BA (Drama) program’s practice stream, including but not limited to devised or performer-created and script-based courses.

Requirements include:

  • a PhD or Master of Fine Arts in Drama/Theatre
  • a substantial and sustained body of innovative theatre practice and creative research
  • demonstrated excellence in teaching liberal arts undergraduate students
  • experience in devised/performer-created theatre and/or community-based/applied theatre
  • experience in script-based theatre
  • engagement with the critical aspects of the discipline

The Department of Drama has a record of recognizing substantial theatre experience and training in lieu of a terminal degree.

Significant secondary assets could include:

  • the capacity to supervise at graduate and honors levels, Indigenous Theater/Performance, movement, voice, Community Service-Learning, translation, dramaturgy, etc.

Faculty are also required to engage in research and/or creative activity of quality, and to assume appropriate administrative leadership responsibilities. Excellent funding opportunities are available for investigation/experimentation/research in the successful candidate’s areas of expertise.


The Department of Drama operates the Timms Centre for the Arts, a highly acclaimed theatre complex, with additional performance/teaching facilities within the adjacent Fine Arts Building. Our department resources include four performance venues (300-seat proscenium stage with fly tower, two flexible 100-seat black box studios, and 250-seat corner stage studio), 6 rehearsal halls, 5 large fully equipped and professionally staffed workshops, and a recording studio.

The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s largest and most-respected research universities. The Department of Drama offers a variety of degree programs, including BA, BA/BEd, Honors, BFA, MA, MFA, and PhD.

The appointment is effective July 1, 2019. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Faculty Agreement as per the negotiated salary scales: The deadline for applications is: December 15, 2018.

For more information on the University of Alberta, Drama Department, and Edmonton, please visit, and
To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:

  • cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate’s profile and the names of the three referees (see below for more information)
  • curriculum vitae (CV)
  • research statement that outlines main areas of current and future research or creative activity (submit under “Research Plan”)
  • teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy, evidence of (potential for) teaching effectiveness, and sample course outline(s) (submit as an attachment under “Statement of Teaching/Research Interests”)

Applicants are also expected to contact three referees and arrange to have them submit their letters of reference via e-mail to the Executive Assistant in Drama, Liz Ludwig, by the application deadline. Please enter “A110137312 REFERENCE” in the subject line.

All applications and letters of reference can be addressed to the attention of Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Chair, Department of Drama.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Visit  to apply     

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