Theater and Dance, Contemporary Performance

Waterville, Maine, United States

Job description

The Colby College Department of Theater and Dance seeks a new, tenure-track colleague to innovate with us. The Department of Theater and Dance believes that the best artists think liberally and broadly and engage critically with their own work and with social and political discourses beyond the fields of Dance and Theater. Building upon strong traditions and a current campus climate of invention, including a bold arts initiative, the Department of Theater and Dance sees exciting potential to redefine itself. We will work towards a flexible, integrated curriculum in Contemporary Performance with a clear focus on original and hybrid performance work that deliberately leverages the resources and ethos of our liberal arts context. That vision hinges on three core values: collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and the merging of theory and praxis.

The successful candidate will have a proven record of teaching excellence; clear evidence of leadership and innovation in the classroom, studio, and/or on stage; active engagement with professional spheres; experience working with artists and scholars from multiple disciplines; and a strong creative and/or scholarly research agenda. We are especially interested in candidates who will promote diversity, inclusion, and equity at Colby through their teaching, research, and service. Teaching responsibilities will be defined by the candidate’s strengths, and successful candidates will be ready and able to propose specifically how their work will adhere to this vision, contribute to a redevelopment of our curriculum, and function within a progressive liberal arts context. Specific areas of expertise are open, but might include scripting and/or devised performance, hybrid performance, performance and technology, site-specific or community-based performance, contemporary performance theory, and professional practice in any performance-based discipline. Candidates must have a terminal degree in their area of research. The successful candidate should be able to propose bold new ideas, challenge existing structures, and collaborate with existing faculty and staff to develop and enact this new vision as a leader in the department.

Colby is a highly selective liberal arts college recognized for excellence in undergraduate education and close student-faculty interaction.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, one-page vision statement, statement of teaching philosophy, explanation of research interests with video links or writing samples, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation via Interfolio at the following link, Review of applications will begin February 5, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding this opening can be addressed via email to