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Tenured/Tenure-Track: Associate Professor in Devised Theater

School of Performance, Visualization, & Fine Arts (Department)

College Station, TX
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The School of Performance, Visualization & Fine Arts (PVFA) at Texas A&M University invites applications for a full-time tenured or tenure-track Associate Professor with a nine-month academic appointment beginning Fall 2023. The school and the Dance Science and Performing Arts Section seek an individual who demonstrates expertise in devised theater techniques including but not limited to acting, improvisation, dramaturgy, technical theater foundations, collaborative design process, creating performance, performing communities, and collaborative performing. An emphasis in teaching and research which examines race, gender, and culture is strongly desired. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with a wide variety of communities and student populations and who demonstrate a commitment to collaborative research processes.

Candidates are expected to develop and maintain competitive research activities, teach undergraduate courses in physical acting and performance studies related courses, develop and implement new curriculum pertaining to the PVFA School programs, particularly in the area of devised theater, and contribute to academic service. 

The School of Performance, Visualization & Fine Arts is a new School within the Texas A&M University System and has a diverse and dynamic mission with 60 faculty and over 15 staff members and a projected exponential growth in the next 5 years. The school was formed from three departments/programs spread across the university: the Department of Visualization, the Department of Performance Studies and the Dance Science Program. The mission of the school places a heavy emphasis on faculty and student collaboration and interdisciplinary work in both scholarly and creative research. Texas A&M University leadership has charged the new school with developing innovative research and creative works, public performances, and degree offerings at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels that build upon our strength in merging art and science. The new school is projected to move into a new, $175m state-of-the-art visual and performing arts center. Construction is slated to begin in 2024.  


Candidates should hold an MFA or Ph.D. in theatre, acting, directing or other related fields. The potential for research productivity and grantsmanship should be apparent in the application. Preference will be given to individuals with a minimum of 4 years in university teaching experience, demonstrated experience in creating devised theater performances, student mentorship, and a strong desire to participate in multidisciplinary research activities. 

Application Instructions

Interested individuals should apply through Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/116793 and submit the following materials: 

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Personal Statement-Your statement should include your philosophy and plans for research, teaching, and service as applicable.
  • Names of contact information of five professional references.

Review of applications will begin 30 days after posting, and will continue until the position is filled. Texas A&M University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and therefore implements policies that contribute to work-life balance.

Questions should be directed to Diane Bedford, Chair of Dance Science and Performing Arts Section (email: dcbedford@tamu.edu; tel: 979-862-4404). 

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

The University is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and therefore has a Dual Career Program.