Assistant Professor of Performance Studies
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences
United States

Position Type Permanent Faculty

Working Title Assistant Professor of Performance Studies

Appointment Type Tenured/Tenure Track

Salary Range Dependent on Experience and/or Qualifications

Full-time/Part-time Full Time

Vacancy ID FAC0003301

Posting Open Date 10/12/2020

Application Deadline 12/01/2020

Open Until Filled Yes

Proposed Start Date 07/01/2021

Position Summary

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. We seek highly talented faculty whose research and teaching will make transformative contributions to the major themes of 1) Health, Wellness, and Equity in Communities of Color and 2) Black and Indigenous Families and Communities, with a preferred emphasis on U.S. populations. Searches in the departments of Biology, Communication, Economics, Exercise and Sport Science, Psychology & Neuroscience, and Sociology will contribute to this initiative. 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 a performance studies scholar with a focus on performance and racial equity, beginning July 1, 2021, pending approval. 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.

Educational Requirements

Ph.D. (or conferral during the 2020-21 academic year) in communication studies, or a related discipline, with a specialization in performance studies.

Qualifications and Experience

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions

Required Documents: 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.

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Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References
  • Writing/research Sample
  • Teaching Philosophy/evaluations
  • Research Statement
  • Other Document
  • Optional Documents

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