Chair, Department of Drama

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Deadline: Will remain open until filled.; Will remain open until filled.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

Location: This is an in-person role and work primarily takes place at North Campus Edmonton.

The Department of Drama, within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, invites applications for the position of Department Chair, for a five-year term (with a potential for renewal for a second term pending review), commencing June 1, 2023. The successful candidate will also be appointed, with tenure, at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.

Department Summary

The Department of Drama offers liberal arts programs leading to BA, BA Honors, and MA degrees, and conservatory programs leading to BFA degrees in Acting, Design, Technical Production, Stage Management, and MFA degrees in Directing, Design, and Theatre Practice. All BFA and MFA programs prepare students for entry into the theatre profession. Graduates from all programs have identifiable records of achievement on a national scale. In addition, the department is home to a Ph.D. in Performance Studies. This program connects with similar graduate programs in other areas of the Fine and Performing Arts division that support interdisciplinary research-creation theses.

With 210 undergraduate majors and 35 graduate students, the Department is supported by 17 faculty, four faculty service officers (FSOs), an academic department manager (administration), an academic department manager (productions and operations), and a variety of staff supporting all aspects of the department’s academic mission. It produces a four-show season for the general public showcasing students from the BFA and MFA programs, and roughly 17 in-house productions a year, and provides significant extra-curricular opportunities for students.

The Fine Arts Building, with four performance spaces for Drama, was designed specifically for the teaching of theatre arts, music, design, and visual arts. The adjacent Timms Centre for the Arts, a separate and highly acclaimed theatre complex that opened in March 1995, contains a 300-seat proscenium stage, a flexible playing space, green room, dressing rooms, and scene, properties, costume and paint workshops. External review committees have rated the teaching and production facilities as the foremost in Canada and among the top five in North America.

Position Summary

The ideal candidate may come from a practice or expertise in any area of Drama; will have strong interpersonal communication skills, and a commitment to excellence in teaching, creative activity and research. They will have the capacity to think and work in interdisciplinary ways; supporting all areas of the department equally. The candidate has a strong sense of collaborative leadership and has a clear commitment to championing the Department’s standing within the University, the community, Canada, and internationally. They will bring appreciation and respect for the unique contributions of all members of the Drama department; will be committed to fostering decolonization, equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and intercultural and interdisciplinary collaboration. They will teach in their area of specialization and will be responsible for oversight of Studio Theatre programming, and the management of the Timms Centre for the Arts.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • A terminal degree (MFA or PhD) in theatre or related field, and professional experience in the theatre;
  • Teaching experience at the university level, and a record of artistic and/or scholarly endeavors that meets the University’s standards for a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.
  • Further, the ideal candidate will have previous university administrative experience (as chair, associate chair, program director, etc.) or must be able to demonstrate the capacity for such leadership by having held major service roles in a university or professional organizations.
  • An excellent record of service and leadership invested in decolonization with commitments to EDI, strong communications skills, and the ability to lead a department where professional practices in a range of fields/expertise must be well understood and managed alongside supporting scholarly and creative research/research-creation work across the department.
  • Ability to demonstrate evidence of capacity to negotiate multiple competing priorities and fulfill a co-constructed vision for the future of the department within the Fine and Performing Arts division.

The position comes with a comprehensive benefits package, research allowance, administrative stipend, and salary commensurate with experience and rank. The appointment is normally for a five-year term (with the possibility of renewal) and will commence June 1, 2023 (or as soon thereafter as the ideal candidate is available). Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications, and in accordance with the salary scales in the ASSUA Collective Agreement.

The University of Alberta is home to a diverse and welcoming community of over 1,300 Indigenous students from Nations across Turtle Island. In 2022, the University's Indigenous Strategic Plan was implemented, reflecting an important step in our institution’s commitment to reconciliation in post-secondary education and research, addressing the historical legacy of the residential school system and Canada’s colonial history. It aims to address these issues in a meaningful and lasting way. The University's principles and actions and its EDI Strategic Plan are underpinned by respect for the dignity, rights, and full participation of all those who live, work, and learn within the university. The Academic Success Centre administers the University of Alberta’s Duty to Accommodate procedure for students, and works with students, instructors, campus units, Faculties and departments, community and government agencies, and on and off-campus service providers to coordinate students’ medical and non-medical accommodation needs for participation in University of Alberta academic programs.

Edmonton, a city with a metro population of nearly 1.5 million people, has the second largest Indigenous population and the fourth largest Black population of any Canadian city. Nearly 10% of Edmonton's population is of South Asian origin and 16% of East and Southeast Asian origin, with growing numbers of Edmontonians of Filipino, Latin American and Middle Eastern origins. Edmonton’s school systems, including but not limited to Edmonton Public School Board, Edmonton Catholic School Board and the Francophone school board of Centre Nord, offer French immersion and bilingual education for children in a range of languages such as German, Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Punjabi and American Sign Language. At least two high schools, Amiskwaciy Academy and Victoria School of the Arts offer Cree and Blackfoot as a high school credit and has started an Indigenous Ways of Knowing program in junior high school.

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Business Address:

Faculty of Arts

University of Alberta

6-5 Humanities Centre

Edmonton Alberta, Canada T6G 2E5

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number at the bottom of your cover letter. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this at the bottom of your cover letter.

How to Apply

To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following

  • Cover Letter (please include the names of three referees, letters of reference will only be requested for selected interview candidates and only after permission is granted. Referees should be prepared to send their letters by mid-February)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Teaching Dossier that includes evidence of, or potential for teaching effectiveness. This can include a statement of teaching philosophy, a brief description of your approach to teaching, or brief descriptions of a few courses you have taught or would be interested in teaching, and a diversity statement articulating your demonstrated commitment and capacity to contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through research, teaching, mentoring and/or community engagement. Full syllabi are not required. (Attach under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests")
  • Portfolio in electronic format, of selected recent research and creative activity (Attach as one document, including URLs as relevant, under “List of Publications”)

This competition will remain open until filled; review of applications begins January 15th .

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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