Assistant Professor in Performance Studies - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 03:17 PM

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting up to six outstanding tenure track faculty to deepen and expand research and teaching related to racial equity, in parallel with two searches that address historical aspects of American slavery. Across these searches, we aspire to recruit faculty who are doing innovative, intersectional,
and high impact work that will diversify and enhance our research, teaching, and public outreach missions.

Within this cluster, the Department of Communication seeks an Assistant Professor in Performance Studies with a focus on performance and racial equity, beginning July 1, 2021, pending approval.

The application deadline is December 1, 2020. We will continue to review applications until the position is filled. Application procedures are listed at the end of this position description.

Successful candidates will demonstrate interest and expertise in specific areas of scholarly and/or creative research such as anti-racist performance, performance in activism and racial justice movements, performance as a means of documenting and representing black lives, and/or other areas of performance studies that engage with racial inequity and promote social
justice. We would like to welcome a colleague who will build and extend the existing strengths of Performance Studies in the Department of Communication where current faculty are engaged in the critical and creative work of original performance development, analysis of social and political arenas, and immersive collaboration with communities and cultures to enhance our understanding of how we make and can remake our world daily.

Responsibilities will include conducting original research, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in performance studies, supervising doctoral students, developing performance studies curriculum, contributing to department and university leadership, engaging performance-based
pedagogies, and leading a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body in the development of public performance projects. The department is committed to critical studies, the integration of practice and theory, and a broad range of performance-centered studies. UNC Performance-centered faculty benefit from relationships with the Southern Oral History Program, the Institute of African American Research, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for
Black Culture and History, and Carolina Performing Arts. Salary is competitive.


Ph.D. (or conferral during the 2020-21 academic year) in communication studies, or a related discipline, with a specialization in performance studies. A successful candidate may engage in documentary performance, performance and oral history, and ethnographic performance, as well as scholar/performers who engage with gender and sexuality, queer theory, disability studies, citizenship and immigration, theatrical adaptation, performance art, community-based performance, and performance for social change.


Qualified applicants should apply online at Include a cover letter, CV, teaching philosophy, research statement, up to three reprints of articles and/or other evidence of scholarly activity, as well as evidence of teaching effectiveness. A separate statement that addresses past and potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion should also be included with the application materials.

At minimum, four letters of recommendation are required. At the time of application, candidates will be required to identify the names, titles, and email addresses of professional references (minimum of 4). Reference providers identified by the applicant will be contacted via email with instructions for uploading their letters of support.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.