Texas Tech University

Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy

Texas Tech University
J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
School of Theatre & Dance

Position Announcement


Position Number: T94420

Appointment: Tenure-Track, beginning fall 2019

Application Deadline: Review of applicants will begin November 1, and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

The Texas Tech University School of Theatre & Dance within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts is accepting applications for a tenure track faculty position as Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy. This position is for a nationally or internationally prominent dramaturg with a commitment to helping to guide the theatre program to national distinction and nurturing the next generation of dramaturgs/artists/educators/scholars enrolled in our undergraduate and graduate programs. The successful candidate will begin service in this full-time position at the beginning of the 2019 fall semester.

Position Requirements: Terminal degree, combination of degree(s) and experience, or equivalent professional experience. Record of professional activity and/or research that demonstrates emerging or established national or international recognition in the field of dramaturgy is paramount. Candidate will continue professional research that is relevant to the current and future practice of dramaturgy. Familiarity with current and cutting edge practices in dramaturgy, performance, and pedagogy, with a vision towards the evolution of the discipline. Commitment to quality, student-centered education and working as a team member. A demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse student populations. Strong evidence of the ability and desire to perform service duties including, but are not limited to, recruiting, program-building, and commitment to extra-curricular activities in the school, college, university, and community. Candidates who have clear potential to support scholarship by extramural funding, as appropriate to research specialization, are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience teaching at the university level. Ability to form partnerships within and outside of the university, regionally, nationally, and internationally. The ideal candidate will have superior dramaturgy skills and facility with new play development; the ability to teach directing, playwriting, or movement; and an active record of dramaturgy/scholarship/practice that includes community engagement and/or collaboration. Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable.

Position Description:
The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate ability to teach dramaturgy and additional courses related to their expertise, and continue to engage in nationally/internationally recognized creative/professional practice and/or scholarship.
  • Embrace new forms of critically engaged disciplinary practice/scholarship in the evolving fields of dramaturgy and new works development for both theatre and dance. Foster courses that emphasize a commitment to social responsibility, advocacy, and engagement as they relate to the field. Seek opportunities to teach broadly across the fine arts curriculum, and envision new ways to expand beyond it.
  • Actively participate as a collaborative departmental citizen in school, college, and university service, including committee work and academic support services such as undergraduate and graduate reviews, thesis and dissertation committee work, and curriculum development; recruitment of students into the program; program review (including implementation and assessment of outcomes); maintaining the school's accreditation with NAST; student advising across diverse communities, supervision of student organizations, and participation in sponsored off-campus activities.
  • Embrace collegiality within and outside the school, particularly in building interdisciplinary collaborations.

The School of Theatre and Dance is NAST accredited and offers the BA in Theatre; BFAs in Acting, Design and Musical Theatre; MA; MFA in Arts Administration, Playwriting, Design, and Performance and Pedagogy; PhD. in Fine Arts with a major in Theatre. A faculty of 23 full-time professors serves approximately 140 undergraduate students and 70 students involved in graduate study. The School has many prominent alumni, including Jaston Williams (Greater Tuna), G.W. Bailey (The Closer, Major Crimes), Jennifer Smith (The Producers), Brad Leland (Friday Night Lights), Randy Cordray (The Office), Barry Corbin (No Country for Old Men). Technical and administrative support includes a total of 8 staff positions. The School's resources include a new state-of-the-art facility scheduled to open March 2019, a burgeoning Equity theatre connected to the school, the nationally-reknowned Marfa and WildWind Performance Lab programs, and annual participation in the Tennesse Williams Festival. For more information, visit www.depts.ttu.edu/theatreanddance/.

The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts comprises the School of Art, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre & Dance, accredited by NASAD, NASM, NAST, and NASD, respectively. TTU is the only public university in the state accredited in all four arts areas, and boasts many acclaimed alumni, including Susan Graham, Terry Cook, Ann Sanders, G.W. Bailey, Barry Corbin, Jennifer Smith, Scott Dadich, Susanne Klotz and D.J. Stout. With more than 120 faculty members and approximately 1,100 students, the College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the terminal M.F.A., D.M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.  Our unique Ph.D. program in Fine Arts provides interdisciplinary education in the visual & performing arts combined with philosophical aesthetics. For more information, visit www.vpa.ttu.edu.

Texas Tech University, established in 1923, is a Carnegie Highest Research Activity university and the largest comprehensive institution of higher education in the western two-thirds of the state (a region larger than 46 of the nation's 50 states). The university's 1,839-acre Spanish Renaissance style campus, which serves approximately 37,000 students, is the only one in Texas that is home to a major university, law school and medical school, and serves an increasingly diverse and multi-cultural student body. Texas Tech University recently surpassed the Hispanic student population threshold necessary for designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Lubbock, the hub of the South Plains, has an area population of almost 300,000 and offers a quality living experience with a semi-arid climate and housing costs below the national average. The city supports a symphony orchestra; several museums; the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts; numerous galleries; and a variety of music, dance, and theatre performances. Direct flights to Lubbock are available from Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Denver, and Las Vegas.

Apply online at http://www.texastech.edu/careers/

Please provide the following with your application:

  1. Letter of Application (please address your practice/research in your letter)
  2. Evidence of teaching effectiveness, or potential for effective teaching
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Three letters of recommendation (at least one should speak to teaching effectiveness, or potential for effective teaching)
  5. An optional list of three additional references with contact information
  6. Other Documents or Links (e. g. sample of research, professional websites, professional reviews)

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy: As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

Contact: Dr. Andrew Gibb, Chair of Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy Search Committee