Contractually Limited Appointment in Acting and Directing
York University School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design Theatre

Contractually Limited Appointment

Discipline/Field: Acting and Directing

Home Faculty: School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design

Home Department/Area/Division: Theatre

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2021

Position End Date: June 30, 2024

Department of Theatre, School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University

The Department of Theatre in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a 3-year Contractually Limited position in Acting and Directing at the rank of Sessional Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, to commence July 1, 2021. The successful candidate will be expected to deliver core curriculum to our students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; supervise studio shows and Theatre@York productions; supervise thesis work; fulfill service responsibilities in administrative and committee work; and provide creative educational leadership in enhancing teaching and learning through curricular and pedagogical innovation in the classroom and at the level of the programs. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

We acknowledge that within higher education in Canada, traditional or conventional academic pathways in research can reinforce biases in the filling of faculty posts. We encourage applications that may not fit all of the following qualifications and that challenge our ideas of teaching, scholarship and research of which we may be unconscious. We are particularly interested in colleagues who bring experience in facilitating equity, diversity and inclusion practices within their teaching and curricular development.

An MFA in Theatre with a specialization in Acting and Directing is required (or MFA equivalent such as BFA with a substantial record of recent professional experience) in one or more of the following areas: acting for the stage, acting for the camera, and directing for the stage; and significant experience teaching in at least two of these areas. A substantial record of recent professional experience collaborating with IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, People of Colour) artists and companies is required. Additional teachable strengths in audition techniques, improvisation, devised theatre, performance creation, and business practice in the fields of acting and directing would be strongly preferred.

The successful candidate will demonstrate clear potential for excellence in teaching university-level courses through: their teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education, technology enhanced learning and community-based learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a strong commitment to pedagogy and student success and the capacity to bring a theoretical and practical orientation to Theatre teaching, learning and program design. Experience with curriculum development and universal design approaches to teaching and assessment is preferred.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Through cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Mary Pecchia, Secretary of the Search Committee at

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York Universitys Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. Temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply per the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or citizens of Chile may apply per the provisions of the Canada Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA). No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is March 15, 2021.

Applicants should submit a signed letter of application outlining professional experience, an up‐to‐date curriculum vitae, the names of three referees, and a teaching dossier which supports excellence and innovation in teaching to Mary Pecchia, Secretary to the Search Committee, Department of Theatre, School of Arts, Media, Performance, and Design, York University via email: Please note that we will only ask for reference letters from long-listed candidates.

Posting End Date: March 15, 2021

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