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Teaching Assistant Professor in Performance Studies

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Assistant Professor
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Full Time
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Four-Year Institution

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Communication - 311400

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Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Teaching Assistant Professor in Performance Studies

Appointment Type:

Fixed Term Faculty

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Full-Time Permanent

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Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Hiring Range:

Dependent on Experience and/or Qualifications

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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The Department of Communication is one of 44 departments and curricula in the College of Arts & Sciences. As the largest unit on campus, the College of Arts & Sciences forms the academic core of the Carolina experience. Through teaching, research, and service, the Department of Communication addresses how communication functions to create, sustain, and transform personal life, social relations, political institutions, economic organizations, and cultural and aesthetic conventions in society. Recognized for significant contributions to the profession, University, state, and nation the Department houses a PhD program, a major in Communication, an interdisciplinary major in Cultural Studies, and a minor in Writing for the Screen and Stage. It serves as the intellectual home for 28 faculty members, 45 graduate students, and over 700 undergraduates. The Department’s doctoral program offers a theoretically rich, interdisciplinary, problem-based approach to education and research that enables graduate students to define their own research in response to the changing demands of a constantly evolving communicative and cultural world. The Department’s undergraduate major features four structured concentrations: interpersonal and organizational communication; media and technology studies and production; performance studies; and rhetoric. Each concentration offers the Department’s majors, as well as the hundreds of pan-University non-majors who seek out our classes, a set of critical capacities that contribute to an engaged, creative, and critical 21st century citizen.

Position Summary:

This position is located in the Communication Department within the College of Arts and Sciences. We are seeking an innovative and dynamic teacher to teach practice-centered courses that reflect our program’s investments in embodied scholarship, artistic practice and the diverse field of performance studies. Candidates will teach a 3/3 load (six total), five of which must be undergraduate courses that meet the Communication Beyond Carolina degree requirement. Such courses must meet a minimum threshold of 2/3 course content and/or assignments that include the practice of oral communication (broadly defined). The department currently offers multiple courses with this designation (e.g., Introduction to Performance Studies, Performance and Social Change) and is currently adding the designation to more of our current Performance Studies course offerings. Candidates will also have the opportunity to develop new courses based on their own teaching and research expertise. In performance studies, we use performance as a means to critically engage with identity, technology, social structures, and everyday life. We teach students how to create original performance works, use performance as a framework for analysis, and mobilize it in the service of community engagement and social justice. Performance Studies offers students a series of interrelated courses in textual study; oral history and ethnography; and the theory of and practice in writing, designing, and directing performative events. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be affiliated with the Program for Public Discourse and will work with other faculty around campus who are also addressing the Communication Beyond Carolina needs.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

PhD or MFA in Performance Studies, Communication Studies or relevant field conferred prior to January 2024. Teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

Demonstrates excellence in teaching practice-based classes in performance at the undergraduate level. Expertise in contemporary performance studies scholarship and performance practices. Research, practice and/or in artistic practice-as-research. Experience mentoring students in creating original performance works.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority in accordance with the Clery Act. This position will be required to report Clery crimes to the Clery Compliance Manager and complete annual training about reporting responsibilities.

Special Instructions:

Applicants will be reviewed beginning Monday, October 2, 2023.

The Department of Communication at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for the position of Teaching Assistant Professor (non-tenure track) in Performance Studies. These positions are full-time fixed-term three-year appointments that are renewable and eligible for promotion in rank. We are looking to hire for a January 1, 2024 start date, but will consider applicants who can only begin July 1, 2024.

  • Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, teaching philosophy, and the names of three references. Amongst those materials, applicants should discuss their experience, investment in and approaches to teaching courses that focus on oral forms of communication and practice with an eye toward addressing contentious societal issues (broadly defined). Other materials may also be included in the application packet including evidence of teaching effectiveness, published works on pedagogical practice, and/or public engagement work that highlights the candidate’s investment in oral practices.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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