Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Contractually Limited Appointment
Discipline/Field: Performance Creation, Playwriting, and Devising
Home Faculty: School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design
Home Department/Area/Division: Theatre
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2021
Position End Date: June 30, 2024

Department of Theatre, School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design

The Department of Theatre in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a 3-year Contractually Limited Appointment teaching stream position in Performance Creation, Playwriting, and Devising at the rank of Sessional Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, to commence July 1, 2021. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses; and to provide creative educational leadership in enhancing teaching and learning through curricular and pedagogical innovation in the classroom and at the level of the programs. We are particularly interested in colleagues who bring experience in facilitating diversity within their teaching and curricular development. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A PhD (or near completion) or other forms of advanced academic and professional experience (such as an MFA/MA or equivalent) with a substantial record of professional experience in performance creation, playwriting and/or devising with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) artists and companies is required. Additional teachable strengths in dramaturgy, movement for the stage, improvisation, community practice, Critical Response Process, immersive and telematic performance, and decolonizing pedagogies, is strongly preferred. Previous experience teaching studio, seminar, or lecture classes in playwriting, devised theatre, performance creation, global theatre and performance history, and/or contemporary Canadian performance is also strongly preferred.

We acknowledge that within higher education in Canada, traditional or conventional academic pathways in research can reinforce biases in the filling of faculty posts. We encourage applications that may not fit this mold and challenge our ideas of teaching, scholarship and research of which we may be unconscious.

The successful candidate will demonstrate clear potential for excellence in teaching university-level courses through: their teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education, technology enhanced learning and community-based learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a strong commitment to pedagogy and student success and the capacity to bring a theoretical and practical orientation to Theatre teaching, learning and program design. Experience with curriculum development and universal design approaches to teaching and assessment is preferred. The successful candidate is also expected to provide evidence of service contributions or potential to contribute to service in administrative and committee work.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Through cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Mary Pecchia, Secretary of the Search Committee at

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. Temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply per the provisions of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) or citizens of Chile may apply per the provisions of the Canada Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA). No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 15, 2020. Applicants should submit a signed letter of application outlining professional experience, an up‐to‐date curriculum vitae and a teaching dossier which supports excellence and innovation in teaching to Mary Pecchia, Secretary to the Search Committee, Department of Theatre, School of Arts, Media, Performance, and Design, York University via email: Reference letters will only be requested for long-listed candidates and should be signed confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Mary Pecchia via email: Referees should provide strong letters of reference and be advised to address the candidate’s qualifications and experience in relation to the position.


Posting End Date: November 15, 2020