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Committee on Theater and Performance Studies University of Chicago

Senior Instructional Professor (Open Rank) and Director of Performance, Committee on Theater & Performance Studies

The Humanities Collegiate Division and the Committee on Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS) at the University of Chicago are accepting applications for a Senior Instructional Professor (open rank) who will bring artistic vision and experience to the development, implementation and curation of performance. The Director will teach two to four courses per academic year (the course load will be dependent on the scope of administrative duties and determined in consultation with the Chair). Administrative duties include supervising the TAPS professional staff, evaluating unionized lecturers, and overseeing the training and mentorship of students involved in performance. This is a full-time position with a three-year renewable term, to start September 1, 2022.

The Director of Performance will join a program with a rich tradition of student-led performing arts; an energetic community of majors, minors, and co-curricular performers; and a diverse performance curriculum including a growing dance program and an expanding PhD program committed to performance-based experimentation and inquiry. A mainstay of the Director’s administrative work will be to advise students in their various performance undertakings; to ensure students’ equitable access to TAPS’s performance spaces and resources; and to certify that students have undertaken appropriate technical, aesthetic, safety, and sensitivity training to make appropriate use of those resources, which will involve devising learning opportunities to confer that training. The Director will be responsible for curating the Program’s Professional Shows—which bring leaders in the performing arts (devisers, designers, choreographers, and/or directors) to campus to collaborate with student performers—and for creating curricular and co-curricular field experiences in relation to those productions. More broadly, the Director will help to develop the profile and mission of the Program in Theater and Performance Studies, and advance the Program’s commitment to performance practice as research. Leadership in this vein might include advising campus performance groups; developing infrastructure to enhance and consolidate rehearsal and production processes; organizing master classes or workshops that support student, faculty, and visiting artist performances; coordinating performance experiences in collaboration with other arts organizations and programs on campus, on the vibrant South Side, and beyond; and integrating performance-based inquiry into courses taught at TAPS and possibly in other units.

The courses taught by the Director of Performance will depend on the candidate’s areas of interest, but could include Studio-to-Seminar offerings such as “Introduction to TAPS,” “Performance for Social Change,” “How Design Thinks,” and courses in the TAPS Core. The course assignments and other duties of the Director of Performance will be determined annually in consultation with the Chair of the Committee on Theater & Performance Studies.

A bachelor's degree or equivalent is required; an MFA or PhD is preferred, or evidence of commensurate work outside the academy. Applicants must have substantial professional experience in arts or arts administration, as well as extensive teaching experience at the university or post-secondary level.

Applicants should submit their applications through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio website, and upload a current curriculum vitae; the names and contact information [email, regular mail, and telephone] for three references whose letters of recommendation may be solicited, a cover letter of no more than three pages that addresses professional experience, inclusive of previous administrative and teaching experience, and that offers a cohesive vision for the TAPS culture of performance at the University of Chicago, a leading research university located on the South Side of Chicago and embedded in our neighborhood’s rich history of arts creation and presentation.

Applications are due April 30, 2022. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

The position is contingent upon budgetary approval.

Please contact Vicki Walden ( with any questions.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

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Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email with their request.

Contact Info:
Vicki Walden
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Hyde Park