New Post: Professor in Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies at the University of Exeter

20 December, 2016 by Ilaria Pinna | 0 comments

New Post: Professor in Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies at the University of Exeter

The Department of Drama in the College of Humanities at the University of Exeter are looking for a new Professor.

Drama at Exeter is internationally-renowned for its practice, research and teaching, and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018. It has had notable success in achieving external research income, including several large AHRC awards, Creative Fellow and Academic Fellowship awards, and workshop and practice-based Research Council projects. We foster a strong culture of peer support in relation to staff research, hosting three Research Centres within the Department: the Centre for Contemporary Performance Practices; the Centre for Performance Histories and Cultures; and the Centre for Performance, Science and Community. All eligible Drama staff were submitted to REF2014, in which 95% of our research was graded at internationally recognised levels. Exeter Drama has performed consistently highly in the NSS, and is currently in the top 3 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.


We are one of the largest and best equipped Drama departments in the UK with over twenty permanent staff, eleven practice studios, and over a dozen other seminar, workshop and multimedia spaces. We offer a supportive and stimulating environment, and are well connected internationally, through our split-site programme with NIAS, Bangalore and staff and student exchanges with Austin, Texas. There is a strong tradition of Practice-as-Research. We collaborate with organisations such as the Globe Theatre, the National Theatre, the Drottningholm Theatre, regional and national theatre companies, and public sector bodies such as hospitals, prisons and schools. Researchers also have strong links with the wider creative economy sector, and graduate companies include Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations, such as Forced Entertainment, Punchdrunk and Theatre Alibi.


The Department of Drama in the College of Humanities at the University of Exeter are looking for a leading international figure with the ability to attract world-class academics and post-graduate research students. Applicants will be innovative researchers with a strong track record of research funding and international quality publications.The Professor in Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies will contribute to extending the research profile of Drama at Exeter, and to its dynamic teaching environment. We are particularly interested in enhancing leadership in areas related or complementary to international performance practice; or applied, community and socially-engaged performance.


The University of Exeter is a Russell Group University in the top one percent of institutions globally. In the last few years we have invested strategically to deliver more than GBP 350 million worth of new facilities across our campuses with plans for significant investment in the future.


This full-time post is available from 1 September 2017 on a permanent basis.




To view the Job Description and Person Specification please visit:


Applicants are encouraged to contact the Head of Discipline, Professor Stephen Hodge (tel: 01392 724524, email: to discuss the post further. You may also wish to consult our web site at for further details of the College.


The closing date for completed applications is Sunday 15 January 2017. Shortlisting is expected to take place on Tuesday 24 January 2017 with interviews likely to take place in mid-February 2017.


The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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