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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Performance Studies

Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia

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Be part of the School of Film, Media & Theatre’s growing faculty at Georgia State University, an enterprising R-1 university in Atlanta. Our next Assistant Professor in Performance Studies will play a central role in the School of Film, Media & Theatre’s contributions to Georgia State’s strategic goals of highlighting the arts and media as vital to the quality of all major cities and demonstrating that students from all backgrounds can achieve academic and career success at high rates. Opportunities for support include intramural research grants, summer funding, teaching release time, graduate research assistants, travel funds, and assistance in pursuing external funding.

The School of Film, Media & Theatre is part of the College of the Arts, which was established in 2016 and also includes the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, the School of Music, the Center for Collaborative & International Arts (CENCIA), and the Center for Educational Partnerships in Music. In addition to offering some of the university’s most popular majors, the college connects faculty and students with Atlanta’s thriving arts scene, booming film and music industries, and a robust theatre environment that includes dozens of theatre companies.

Georgia State University is a national leader in using innovation to drive student success and research growth. The university provides its world-class faculty and more than 50,000 students unsurpassed research, teaching, and learning opportunities in one of the 21st century’s great global cities. In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Georgia State as #3 in Most Innovative Schools, #3 in Best Undergraduate Teaching, and #9 in Top Performers on Social Mobility among national universities.


The selected candidate will join the graduate faculty of our doctoral program in Moving Image Studies, interacting with others who study film, television, and new media and teaching graduate seminars in performance studies/theory. They will also become part of the faculty in an undergraduate theatre program where they will teach courses in performance studies/theory and a course in theatre history. They will be responsible for maintaining an active research agenda and participating in service at the department, college, and university levels.

We are particularly interested in candidates who study the intersection of performance studies/theory and race. The selected candidate will guide the effort to diversify the School’s curriculum in performance/theatre studies, theory, and history as part of an ongoing effort across the School’s programs.


Essential Qualifications

• Ph.D. or M.F.A. or equivalent in Performance Studies, Theatre, or a related field (in hand by August 1, 2021);

• An emerging record of research;

• Experience in teaching at the university level

Preferred Qualifications

• An established record of research;

• Excellence in teaching at the university level;

• An established record of mentoring students, particularly from underrepresented groups

How to Apply

Submit: 1) a letter of application addressing the essential and preferred qualifications as well as your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion through research, curriculum, and teaching; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a representative scholarly publication/paper; and 4) three letters of recommendation.

Applicants should send their materials to Regina Anderson ([email protected]). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Jennifer Barker ([email protected]). To ensure consideration, please submit all materials by January 11, 2021. Should you be recommended for a position, an offer of employment will be conditional on background verification.

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class. As a campus with a diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a history of mentoring under-represented minorities in performance.


Founded in 1913 in Atlanta, Georgia State University is the second-largest and one of four research institutions in the University System of Georgia. The University serves one-fourth of the graduate students in the university system; it is within a one-hour commute of more than one-third of the state’s population. Approximately 80 percent of all Georgia State alumni live and work in Georgia.georgia_state_university1.jpg

Georgia State’s main campus is located on 34 acres in downtown Atlanta. University centers in Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Buckhead and Henry County offer students convenient suburban locations for graduate courses in business and education.

More than 50,000 students annually attend Georgia State University. While 90 percent of the students are from Georgia, students also come from all 50 states and 160 countries. More than 1,400 international students attend Georgia State and graduate students comprise 31 percent of the student population.

georgia_state_university2.jpgThe University offers more than 52 degree programs in more than 250 fields of study – from public policy and African-American studies to biology and health sciences. Degrees are offered at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels through six units: the College of Arts and Sciences, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, College of Education, College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Law and Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. In addition to the numerous degree programs, Georgia State offers full- and part-time programs and day, evening and weekend classes.

Students have many choices in extracurricular activities including more than 22 fraternities and sororities; and some 250 chartered student groups, including 60 degree-related student groups, seven religious, 24 law-oriented and 22 multicultural/international groups; and 10 honor societies. There is also an active student government association which includes the student senate and the judicial board.

The Georgia State Panthers are members of the Colonial Athletic Association and compete in 16 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports, including basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, track and volleyball. The university announced in April 2008 that is will begin Division I-AA football in 2010.

The university’s innovative Touch the Earth program brings outdoor recreation ranging from backpacking, rock climbing, sailing, kayaking, rafting and water-skiing to out-of-state snow-skiing and snorkeling trips. And WRAS, Georgia State’s popular 100,000-watt radio voice, is the most powerful student-run radio station in the United States.


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