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Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies (Black Performance Theory)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor of Performance Studies
Salary range: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications based on University of California pay scales.

Application Window

Open date: August 31, 2022

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Nov 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Aug 22, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

THE DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE at UC San Diego (, located on the unceded territory of the Kumeyaay nation, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Performance Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor with an appointment starting July 1, 2023.

We seek a scholar who specializes in Black Performance Theory writ large. We welcome candidates who engage across temporal and geographical spectrums or who focus deeply in specific historical and archival locations. Further, we are interested in work that intersects with one or more of the following lenses: performance studies, critical race theory, critical dance theory, theatre history, media studies, affect theory, decolonial praxis, racial capitalism, environmental humanities, and queer or trans theory. A secondary research focus in Ancient and Early Modern theatre would be considered an asset but not a prerequisite for this position. This new colleague will be working in synergy with the Performance Studies area faculty whose research currently examines, among other focuses, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian performance practices, histories and theories in interdisciplinary and international contexts and would join the larger community of departmental colleagues.

The Department’s Performance Studies (PS) area serves undergraduate and graduate students through a wide variety of courses and forms one part of a joint PhD program with UC Irvine. The specific duties of the position will involve teaching a combination of 5 graduate and undergraduate courses, including small seminars in the candidate’s area(s) of specialization, and larger enrollment courses that reach across the department’s BA, MFA, and PhD communities, as well as meet relevant Colleges’ G.E. requirements, mentoring of PhD students in the joint program and of selected undergraduate students along with committee service.


Basic qualifications (Required at Time of Application)
  1. Applicants must possess all but the dissertation of a PhD in Performance Studies, Theatre, Dance, Media, Gender Studies, African American or African Diaspora Studies, Ethnic Studies, or a related discipline.
  2. A strong research track record in the form of publications; evidence of teaching excellence in undergraduate and graduate courses and mentorship potential.
Additional qualifications (Required at Time of Start)

Applicants must possess a PhD in Performance Studies, Theatre, Dance, Media, Gender Studies, African American or African Diaspora Studies, Ethnic Studies, or a related discipline by the start date of their appointment.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Writing Sample - Please provide one writing sample.

    Example: article length or well-edited dissertation chapter.

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 letters of reference required

Please provide contact information for all references.
Please note that only applications with all required documentation, including 2 reference letters will be reviewed by the search committee. Applications that are missing required documents and 2 reference letters will be marked incomplete and will not be reviewed.

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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA