Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Theatre, Theatre History, and Dramaturgy
Home Faculty: School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design
Home Department/Area/Division: Theatre
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2021

Theatre, Theatre History and Dramaturgy

Theatre, School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University

The Department of Theatre in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream, tenure-track appointment in Theatre, Theatre History, and Dramaturgy at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

This opportunity is open to qualified individuals who self-identify as Black peoples of African Descent (for example Africans and African heritage people from the Caribbean, Americas, Europe). Recognizing the underrepresentation of Black faculty, this opportunity is to support the University’s Affirmative Action program and has been developed based on the special program provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code. The position is part of a cohort hire of fourteen new colleagues at York University, including hires across a number of faculties and a wide range of areas and fields. The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant scholarly community at York, where we aspire to achieve equity and diversity in all areas, including race equity.

A PhD or DFA by the start of the appointment, with a record or promise of international professional recognition in Theatre History and/or Dramaturgy is required. Preference will be given to applicants who have a clearly articulated program of research and/ or professional practice and specialization in one or more of the following areas: Black Theatre History and Historiography; Performance, History and Decolonization; Global Black and BIPOC Performance Cultures; Performance and Histories/Legacies of Slavery; African Theatre and Performance; New Play Dramaturgy/Production Dramaturgy/ Cultural Dramaturgy/ Ethnographic Dramaturgy; Postcolonial Theory and Performance; Black Feminist/Queer Theory and Performance; Critical Race Theory; Race and Disability.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research/research creation at the highest level. 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 traditional notions of scholarship and research.

Candidates must provide evidence or the promise of internationally recognized research excellence as demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) with significant journals or books in the field; presentations at major conferences and; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees (although we typically receive written references we are open to receiving references via video if this is a preferred means of communication).

Candidates should show excellence or the promise of excellence in teaching at the college or university level and in scholarly research and publication in the area of performance and Theatre and Performance Studies. We are especially interested in candidates conversant in the performance histories of the Black Diaspora with close ties to, and experience in, working with BIPOC communities. We also welcome applications from candidates with research expertise in Black performance in Canada and in other global contexts.

The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching and the successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Evidence of the promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

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

This selection will be limited to individuals who self-identify as Black. York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. York University encourages Black peoples to self-identify as a member of one or more of the four designated groups: women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities. The Affirmative Action program 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. 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 has been extended to January 25, 2021. A letter of application with an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, the names of three referees, and teaching evaluations should be sent via email to: Mary Pecchia, Secretary to the Search Committee, Department of Theatre, School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University, Please note that we will only ask for reference letters from long-listed candidates.


Posting End Date: January 25, 2021