JOB POSTING: Departmental chair; open-ranked tenured position at Brock University, Ontario, Canada: Drama in Education / Applied Theatre

Posted by | March 11, 2020 | Uncategorized

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Note to all candidates: This posting will close at 12:01 am on the date listed: March 28, 2020

About Brock University 

Located in the historic Niagara region, Brock offers all the benefits of a young and modern university in a safe, community-minded city, with beautiful natural surroundings. With over 18,000 students and more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in seven diverse Faculties, Brock excels at providing exceptional experiential learning opportunities and highly rated student and campus life experiences. 

Brock University’s main campus is situated atop the Niagara Escarpment, within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, overlooking the city of St. Catharines, in the heart of Niagara wine country. The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is located in the downtown core. Our 95,000 square-foot building offers a dynamic, state-of-the-art facility for students pursuing degrees in the fine and performing arts. Thanks to an innovative partnership with the adjacent FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, the Department of Music is the primary user of the 304-seat Recital Hall.

The Niagara region is dotted with landmarks that recognize our nation’s history and features breathtaking natural beauty and world-famous attractions. St. Catharines is home to vibrant arts and entertainment venues, and is a short drive from Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Buffalo, New York. With one of the warmest climates in Canada, clean, safe communities, and surprisingly affordable real estate, Niagara is an exceptional location to call home. 

What We Offer

Brock University offers competitive salary and benefits and ample support for research and sabbaticals. Research resources include; conference support, start-up funding, subscriptions to major databases and access to various research funding vehicles. For candidates considering relocation, moving expenses will be administered according to the Faculty Association Collective Agreement.

About the Position

The Department of Dramatic Arts at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University, is seeking applications for an open rank tenured position (rank to be determined at the time of appointment) with expertise in the areas of Drama in Education / Applied Theatre. This person will also fulfill the role of Departmental Chair for a minimum the three-year term, beginning at the time of their appointment. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. The position is subject to final budgetary approval.

About the Department

The Department of Dramatic Arts offers a BA Honours in Dramatic Arts. For Honours students, Concentrations are available in Drama in Education/Applied Theatre, Performance, and Production and Design. The Department also offers a four-year (20 credit) BA with Major Dramatic Arts degree and a three-year BA Pass degree, as well as two concurrent BA (Honours)/BEd programs over five years. For more information, see

 Located at the center of Canada’s beautiful Niagara peninsula in St. Catharines, Ontario, we are a community of learners and researchers with a strong and expanding regional base, with excellent resources in cultural, social, and athletic enrichment. Canadian and American metropolitan centres are within easy distance. In the summer of 2015 the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, including the Department of Dramatic Arts, moved to its new comprehensive facility in downtown St. Catharines, adjacent to a new regional performing arts centre built by the City of St. Catharines.


The successful candidate will teach a range of courses in Drama in Education / Applied Theatre. They will demonstrate a strong knowledge of curriculum theory and will teach courses with mixed lecture/lab components. The preferred individual will utilize a spectrum of teaching methodologies in diverse pedagogical situations. Community outreach, collaboration, and co-ordination at local, national, and international levels, are important aspects of the job. The individual will participate in the full range of departmental activities, including departmental production activities from Mainstage offerings to community networking and production. Chairship duties are outlined in Article 27 of the Collective Agreement of the collective agreement available here:


Applicants must have a PhD and a proven research record that will include elements such as publications, grants, research collaborations and participation in collegial networks, and engagements in school and community settings. They will have administrative experience in University contexts, a track record of successful teaching in post-secondary institutions, and experience with the use pedagogical approaches such as process drama, playbuilding, and teaching drama across the curriculum. Skills in a secondary area featuring interdisciplinary research and practice are also of value.


Applications should include a covering letter outlining research, teaching and administrative experience. Additional materials will include a statement of teaching philosophy (1200 words max.), a current curriculum vitae and/or artistic/academic portfolio in a theatrical field, and a teaching dossier. In addition, candidates will provide the names and contact information of three referees who will be contacted in the event of a short listing. Please apply through Workday and email applications to, addressed to:

Dr. Joe Norris, Chair

Department of Dramatic Arts

Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts

Brock University

1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way

St. Catharines, Ontario

L2S 3A1

Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups can fill out the Self-Identification questions included in the questionnaire at the time of application. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employee Accommodation Policy Please advise Ali Rilstone, Talent Acquisition Consultant,  to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

It is Brock University’s policy to give consideration to qualified internal applicants.

We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  

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