Faculty Position in Contemporary Acting
University of Ottawa Department of Theatre

The Department of Theatre invites applications from francophone or francophile theatre artists and artist-researchers for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to commence July 1, 2021.

Located on the ancestral land of the Algonquin people, the University of Ottawa is in the heart of the National Capital, home to a wealth of artistic institutions. The Department’s facilities include the state of the art LabO black-box Theatre, Academic Hall Theatre and the Leonard Beaulne Studio Theatre, as well as workshops for costume and set construction and six rehearsal studios shared between two buildings.

The Department of Theatre is a collegial, bilingual environment that supports contemporary artistic creation as well as innovative academic research in order to provide students with a high quality learning experience.

At the undergraduate level, the Department of Theatre offers a BFA in Acting, a professional degree preparing students for work in contemporary theatre. The Department’s BA in Theatre Studies prepares students for advanced academic work as well as theatre in education, theatre production and arts administration in Specialist, Major or Minor programs.

The Department of Theatre offers two graduate programs. The professional MFA in contemporary Theatre Directing is a two-year, full time training program. The MA in Theatre Theory and Dramaturgy offers students three options of study: a research-oriented two-year thesis, a two-year thesis with creative project and a one-year MA with a Major Research Paper.

Title of the position: Assistant Professor level, but higher ranks will be considered under exceptional circumstances.

Duties: The functions of a member of the academic staff include, in varying proportions: a) teaching activities; b) scholarly activities revealed by research; c) academic service activities, d) supervision of graduate students.

  • The successful candidate will teach in both the undergraduate BA and BFA programs. Teaching in the BFA includes intensive pedagogical projects (over 140 hours of instruction time per term) that culminate in a performance presentation.
  • They will teach practical seminars in directing in the MFA, and supervise students in both the MFA and the MA. The ability to teach MA seminars would be considered an asset.
  • The successful candidate must contribute substantially to the artistic life of the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
  • A strong commitment to participate in the administrative activities of the department and the faculty is required.

Terms: Tenure-track position, starting July 1, 2021

Wage:  Salary scale for an Assistant Professor starts at $ 86,986 (as of May 1, 2020).

Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete benefits package which includes long term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance, as well as relocation expenses.

Location of work:  Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa, 135 Séraphin-Marion, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Contact information: Kevin Orr, Interim Chair, Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5.  thedir@uottawa.ca

Skills requirements:

Education: Appropriate terminal degree in their field of specialization: an MFA, a PhD or the equivalent, which is defined as conservatory training and/or multiple years of professional theatre creation.

Work experience:

  • The candidate selected will have significant expertise in the teaching of contemporary acting at the university, college or conservatory level.
  • They will have a significant practice of research/creation or artistic research in the field of live performance including, but not restricted to, acting, directing and devising, new technologies in the theatre and/or dramaturgy.
  • Experience in the teaching of dramaturgy, voice/diction, movement, dance and so on would also be considered an asset.
  • Active knowledge of both French and English, and the initial teaching load will be in French.

Application deadline: Applications received by January 15, 2021, will receive full consideration but the position will remain open until filled.

Posting no.: 20061-ARTS

To apply, candidates must submit the following:

  • A complete and up to date curriculum vitae;
  • A list of 3 references, including names and contact information (letters will be requested from these referees at the time of interview);
  • A WeTransfer link to an artistic portfolio of selected texts and video archives;
  • A letter of intent that includes your reasons for applying, a statement of teaching philosophy including student evaluations (if available), a brief introduction to your research/creation activities, and a description of your plan for integrating into the professional artistic milieu of Ottawa-Gatineau.

Interested candidates should send their complete dossier by email to:

Professor Daniel Mroz
Director of Fine Arts Programs
Department of Theatre
University of Ottawa
135 Séraphin-Marion
Ottawa, Ontario K1N6N5

Short-listed candidates will be invited to do a research/creation presentation and a teaching demonstration in front of professors and students.

For more detail on our programs, please visit https://arts.uottawa.ca/theatre/en

The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application. Please take note of this posting number. This questionnaire can be found online.

According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. When submitting your application, please indicate if you are legally entitled to work in Canada.

The University of Ottawa provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are invited to proceed in the selection process, please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations at 613-562-5958. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language. At the time of tenure, professors are expected to have the ability to function in a bilingual setting.

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