Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream - Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Theatre Studies
Home Faculty: Fine Arts
Home Department/Area/Division: Theatre
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2012


Applications are invited for a full-time, tenure-track position in Theatre Studies, at the rank of Assistant Professor, with undergraduate and graduate teaching responsibilities, effective July 1, 2012.

The successful candidate for the position will have a strong historical and theoretical background and be willing to make a long-term contribution to the Department’s core courses, as well as to offer specialized topics at the senior undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants for the position are expected to have strong capability for and interest in teaching at least one of the four large-scale survey courses, which include Theatre History from the Beginnings through the Renaissance; Restoration to Modern; Canadian Theatre to 1980; and Contemporary Theatre, including a focus on Canadian theatre and drama 1980 to the present.

York’s Department of Theatre has over 400 students pursuing BFA or BA degrees in performance, devised theatre, theatre studies, playwriting, production and design. At the graduate level, the department offers an MA and PhD in Theatre Studies, and an MFA in Acting and Directing, with a directing partnership with Canadian Stage (a large professional regional theatre), as well as a Diploma in Voice Teaching. The Department is also in the forefront of developing sustainability in design for performance, and has inaugurated an MFA in Design. The Faculty of Fine Arts at York, located in Toronto, also includes Departments of Dance, Design, Film, Music, and Visual Arts.

Candidates will have a PhD in Theatre or related field, and should show excellence or promise of excellence in teaching, and in scholarly research and publication, in addition to a commitment to department and university-wide service. While this is an academic appointment in Theatre Studies, practical theatre experience will be a preferred asset. An interest in and knowledge of Canadian theatre is also strongly preferred. The successful candidate must be immediately appointable to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and ready and willing to teach in the MA/PhD program and to supervise doctoral candidates. Salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York's website at or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

A letter of application with an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, teaching evaluations, and letters from three referees should be sent to:

Mary Pecchia
Search Committee, Department of Theatre
330 CFT, York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3, Canada.
FAX: 416 736 5785; e-mail:

Deadline for applications is: February 3, 2012.

All positions at York are subject to budgetary approval.


Posting End Date: February 3, 2012