Assistant Professor in Drama (Directing): University of Calgary's School of Creative and Performing Arts

01 December, 2016 by Bruce Barton | 0 comments

Academic Position in Drama (Directing): University of Calgary's School of Creative and Performing Arts

The University of Calgary's School of Creative and Performing Arts invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Drama (Directing).

The University of Calgary's School of Creative and Performing Arts (, in the Faculty of Arts, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Drama (Directing). The anticipated start date is July 1 2017.

The successful candidate will establish and maintain an active professional and externally funded research-creation program, teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the area of their specialization as well as additional courses in Drama, and contribute to the graduate program. Service within a university setting or the wider community is also expected.

The successful candidate must have a terminal degree (MFA) and have achieved national and/or international recognition within their career. The successful candidate must display evidence of excellence in both teaching and research or research-creation, including performances, presentations and publications. Candidates may demonstrate research and/or research-creation excellence through publicly presented performances, publications, and a strong record of professional and externally funded productivity. Evidence of excellence in teaching should be demonstrated via a convincing statement of teaching philosophy, strong teaching evaluations, and a clear record of commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, student supervision, and mentorship.  Preference will be given to candidates who:

- possess a wide range of demonstrated Directing expertise, including (but not limited to) text-based performance, theatrical devising and/or performance creation, and immersive and/or participatory performance; 
- have expertise and can teach in the secondary area(s) of Actor training and/or Theatre History;
- can expand and enrich the SCPA’s intercultural awareness and expertise base.

The School of Creative and Performing Arts is a community of practicing creators, performers and scholars who, with expert technical and administrative support, are dedicated to the education of artists and critical thinkers in the context of a University devoted to the formation of intelligent and engaged citizens.  In addition to a deep engagement with the foundation of their chosen discipline, students have the opportunity enrich their education through structured encounters with the other disciplines in the School. Additional graduate degrees in interarts performance are currently in development. As such, experience and/or expertise in interarts and interdisciplinary practice and research will be an asset. For more information about the School, please visit their website. 

All applications must be received by January 2, 2017. Please provide a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests and an artist’s statement (may be combined but should address both topics), a portfolio of artistic achievements (may include reviews, photographs, video clips), a teaching dossier, relevant publications, and three confidential letters of reference sent directly to the Chair of the Academic Selection Committee. All materials should be forwarded to: 

Bruce Barton, Director
School of Creative and Performing Arts
University of Calgary
CHD100, 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 1N4
Phone: 403-210-6265
Fax: 403-282-6925

These materials can also be sent electronically in confidence to

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to become one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. Ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta
Ranked the 5th most livable city in the world, Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and one of the best cities in Canada to raise a family. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 

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