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Assistant Professor of Comparative Lit/Theatre Arts

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Arts/Theater/Museum, English, Instruction

Department: Department of Comparative Literature and Department of Theatre Arts
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline

November 1, 2023, first consideration, open until filled

Required Application Materials

• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Writing sample of 20-25 pages
• Research statement
• Teaching statement
• Diversity statement discussing, with specific examples, past, present, and future contributions to equity and inclusion in your research, teaching, and (if applicable to current professional stage) service and mentoring.
• Contact information for three references. Please be sure to enter email addresses for your references accurately as we'll be reaching out directly to them to request letters of recommendation.

Position Announcement

The Departments of Comparative Literature and Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon jointly invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Performance Studies to begin September 16, 2024.

We are especially interested in candidates who critically engage performance theory through a broadly conceived range of aesthetic and cultural practices. Preference will be given to candidates whose expertise builds upon research strengths in our departments, including (but not limited to) media aesthetics, environmental humanities, gender and sexuality, critical race theory, postcolonial studies, and methods of comparison across languages and cultures.

For this joint appointment, we seek applicants with demonstrated potential for outstanding research and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will divide their teaching and service between the two units. Teaching may include undergraduate courses such as COLT 304 (Theories of Drama), TA 367-369 (History of Theatre I, II, and/or III), and classes on dramatic literature, dramaturgy, and critical theory related to public-facing artistic and performance practices. Graduate-level courses will include seminars in both Comparative Literature and Theatre Arts congruent with the hire’s research profile. We especially welcome candidates who are attentive to the range of issues experienced by historically underrepresented students, including (but not limited to) BIPOC students, LGBTQIA+ students, first-generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and students with disabilities. Mentoring graduate research is a key aspect of service across both units.

Department or Program Summary

The University of Oregon’s Department of Comparative Literature is the home of the journal Comparative Literature, whose founding in 1949 led to the establishment of the first doctoral program in the field on the West Coast. Our graduate curriculum has both retained its sense of traditional grounding since its institution in 1962 and adapted to a constantly evolving and increasingly diverse field. In the spirit of active redefinition, Oregon offers one of the most flexible and innovative doctoral programs in the United States. We provide a solid foundation in theoretical and historical approaches essential to working across national traditions, historical periods, theoretical models, and media. We also strive to affirm and support the widest possible range of perspectives, voices, and backgrounds. Our discipline is transhistorical, translingual, and transcultural, and our practices are anchored in methods of formal analysis, reflection, and critique. Fostering an inclusive climate is integral to our work.

The Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon believes in the value of theatre as a mode of cultural formation. We not only teach the theory, history, and literature of the field, but we also teach design, technology, stagecraft, and performance methods for creating theatre on a stage before an audience. Our research informs our art-making and art-making fuels our research. Our practices are based on methods of analysis, creation, performance, and critique. In addition to the historic theatre canon, the department also has a strong commitment to exploring contemporary theatre through dramatic literature, playwriting, performance styles, sustainable theatre creation, gender and sexuality studies, critical race theory, postcolonial studies, community-based performance, and comparisons of subjects across cultures. As collaboration and inclusiveness are the basis of all our work, we support a diversity of voices, backgrounds, and perspectives. All are welcome here.

Minimum Requirements

• Ph.D. in a relevant field by the time of appointment
• Demonstrated potential for outstanding research and teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications

• Expertise in media aesthetics, environmental humanities, gender and sexuality, critical race theory, postcolonial studies, methods of comparison across languages and cultures, or relevant fields.

About the University

The University of Oregon is situated on the traditional homelands and political territories of the Kalapuya People, the First Peoples of the Willamette Valley, whose descendants are now citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. One of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities, the UO holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body, as well as campus-wide efforts to build a welcoming, inclusive community. The UO’s beautiful, 295-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities in an arboretum-like setting. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 173,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.


The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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