Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies

College: College of Arts

Department: School of English and Theatre Studies

Date Posted: December 15, 2023
Deadline: February 1, 2024 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #23-68

Position Description:

The College of Arts at the University of Guelph is seeking a full-time, tenure-track, cross-appointed Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies (THST) and our new Bachelor of Creative Arts Health and Wellness (BCAHW), launching Fall 2024. The candidate will be appointed to the School of English and Theatre Studies (SETS), which houses THST and will teach in both the THST program and the BCAHW (see below for specific courses).

The successful candidate will preferably hold a Ph.D in Theatre, Performance, or a closely related discipline; ABD candidates in Theatre or candidates with MFA’s or Master’s of Creative Arts Therapies degrees and a significant research program related to creative arts, health and wellness will also be considered. The preferred candidate’s teaching and research should demonstrate expertise in performance and performance creation processes. They should also specialize in drama therapy with demonstrated excellence in training related to drama therapy. Demonstrated experience with contemporary drama therapy methodologies, ethics, anti-oppressive practices, improvisation, and/or community-engaged learning is required.

The chosen candidate will maintain an active research profile and may contribute to community-engaged scholarly initiatives in the College of Arts (COA). It is expected that the candidate will also assist with recruitment for and retention in the new Bachelor of Creative Arts, Health, and Wellness program. As an instructor for the core BCAHW courses, this faculty member will also serve on our BCAHW advisory board and help to build connections between this program and community partners.

In this tenure track position, the successful candidate will commit to 50% teaching, 30% Research and 20% service distribution of efforts between the BCAHW and the SETS program(s). The position also offers the possibility of graduate teaching and supervision of MA students in Theatre Studies and PhD candidates in our LS/TS (Literary Studies/Theatre Studies) program.

The School of English and Theatre Studies commits to centering equity and inclusion in our research, teaching, and community engagement. These efforts serve our mission as educators and work toward social justice. We strive to respect and promote diversity, inclusion, equity, and decoloniality by creating an environment that embodies these values in our recruitment, scholarship, research, education, and service. We support the College of Arts’ mission to unleash compassion, creativity, and critical engagement with the world through transformative education.

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our university community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

Applications are due February 1, 2024. Assessment of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement about inclusionary practices relevant to teaching and research; and (4) names and complete contact information for three references. The School of English and Theatre Studies is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Candidates are encouraged to identify accommodation needs during the application process. Applications should be sent to the attention of Professor Sally Hickson, Director, SETS, via email to:

Olga Petrik, Administrative Assistant to the Director
School of English and Theatre Studies/br> College of Arts
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
Email: petriko@uoguelph.ca

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion (https://uoguel.ph/ox2p9) is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.