Job Details

Santa Clara University
  • Position Number: 1963264
  • Location: Santa Clara, California
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Theatre and Dance


Assistant Professor (Tenure Track): Theatre History/Historiography and/or Performance Studies


Position Title: Assistant Professor (Tenure Track): Theatre History/Historiography and/or Performance Studies

Position Type: Regular

Hiring Range:
Tenure-stream salary and benefits competitive. Recognizing the high cost of housing in the local area, the University has established two housing assistance programs for qualified faculty: [1] a rental assistance program and [2] a purchase assistance program. For details, please refer to: https://www.scu.edu/provost/policies-and-procedures/support-for-faculty/housing-assistance/

Job Description:
The Department of Theatre and Dance at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic institution located in Silicon Valley, invites applications for a tenure-stream Assistant Professor position in Theatre History/Historiography and/or Performance Studies (ancient through contemporary), to begin in September 2021. Additional specializations could include: Gender and Sexuality in Performance, Religion/Spirituality/Ritual in Performance, and/or Race and Ethnicity in Performance.

The successful candidate will teach lower division courses including Cultures and Ideas, Critical Perspectives in Performance A & B; upper division courses could include Performing Identities: Staging Gender, Race, and Sexuality, and Incarnating the Word: Theology and Theatre, and advanced courses in their area of specialty for the Department of Theatre and Dance. The successful candidate will also have directing opportunities. The successful candidate will teach a standard teaching load of seven courses on the quarter system, with a one course reduction each year to support scholarship. An additional course release is granted tenure track faculty in their first year. The successful candidate must have and continue to maintain an active research/creative program.
All tenure track faculty at SCU participate in undergraduate advising and mentoring. Service activities appropriate to rank are also required. In addition, we encourage applications from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our college community, including members of historically underrepresented groups.

Basic Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Theatre History and/or Performance Studies required to be completed by start date.

Preferred Qualifications:
Candidates should demonstrate promise in scholarly research or creative work with evidence of prior publication/creative scholarship, including the ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals, as well as evidence of successful university teaching. Additional specializations could include: Gender and Sexuality in Performance, Religion/Spirituality/Ritual in Performance, and/or Race and Ethnicity in Performance. Candidates may provide a record of directing experience if applicable, but this is not required.

Responsibilities:
Faculty responsibilities are specified by the Santa Clara University Faculty Handbook (sec. 3.6). Duties include but are not limited to:

(1) Teaching the assigned teaching load of six sections over three quarters, consisting of courses such as: Cultures and Ideas; Critical Perspectives in Performance A & B; Performing Identities: Staging Gender, Race, and Sexuality; and Incarnating the Word: Theology and Theatre;
  • Developing and teaching courses in their area of specialization and for the University Core Curriculum;
  • Advising and mentoring students and overseeing student research projects;
  • Conducting and appearing at all assigned class meetings in a timely and prepared way, including holding the final exam at the scheduled time;
  • Assigning and evaluating assignments that align with the course description and course learning outcomes, and providing timely feedback to students;
  • Holding regular weekly office hours on campus;
  • Submitting student grades that are appropriate, accurate and fair measures of student performance to the Office of the Registrar by the designated deadline;
  • Administering numerical and narrative evaluations for all courses;
  • Directing responsibilities as available within the department;
  • Fulfilling other instructional or academic duties, including attending department meetings, as may be assigned by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or the Chair of the Department.
(2) Carrying out a sustained program of creative activity and/or research, with appropriate submission in peer-reviewed venues, and/or producing quality creative/artistic work in the field at appropriate venues.

(3) Engaging in service to the department, College, and University, appropriate to rank.

Additional Information:
Course descriptions can be found at: http://www.scu.edu/theatre

Please contact David Popalisky, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, at dpopalisky@scu.edu with any questions.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Application deadline: September 15, 2020. To ensure complete consideration applications must be completed by this date. Applications must be submitted using the university’s online application process. Letters of recommendation and additional documentation should to be sent to David Popalisky at dpopalisky@scu.edu.

Required documents:
  • Letter of application, including a statement/information regarding:
    a. applicant’s teaching experience and philosophy,
    b. research interests (including how they foster collaboration with students),
    c. experience working with people of diverse cultures and identities.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Evidence of teaching excellence/performance (e.g. sample syllabi, faculty and/or student teaching evaluations/peer teaching evaluations from recent position)
  • Three letters of recommendation (two additional references to be available upon request)
  • A representative sample of scholarship (pdf or url)
  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial, with official available upon request)
Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic institution located in Silicon Valley, is committed to increasing diversity and furthering multicultural engagement among faculty, staff, and students. Candidates are encouraged to address in the letter of application their professional interest in and/or experiences relevant to achieving this goal. EO/AA employer.

Work Authorization:
A foreign national who is appointed to a tenured or tenure-track faculty position is eligible for sponsorship by Santa Clara University.

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About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's, Ph.D., and law degrees.

Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all master's universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California's oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website at http://www.scu.edu/cs/. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.







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