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Post-Doctoral Teaching Associate, Theater

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Position Type: Faculty Full-time (Non-Tenure Track)
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Arts, Media and Design

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.

Northeastern is committed to the study of Humanics, the human literacies required for an age of artificial intelligence. Humanics integrates technological, data, and human literacies into learning in order to prepare people to do what intelligent machines cannot: create, collaborate and empathize.

About the Opportunity:

The Department of Theatre is a community dedicated to creativity, collaboration, and excellence. We embrace diverse methods, philosophies, and measures of success and comprehensively explore the powerful connections that Theatre has with a variety of disciplines, such as Communication Studies, Design, Computer Science, American Sign Language, and more. Through values of generosity, integrity, respect, and rigor, we study theatre as a living art that engages with our global society and with the moment in which we live.


Our mission is to provide a transformative education that aligns performance and production with academic inquiry and professional experience. In this way, we play an integral role in the development of human literacies, which sits at the heart of Northeastern’s commitment to Humanics. In studying and creating theatre, students develop vital skills in creative problem solving, collaboration, and empathy.


This new postdoctoral position is designed to explore the ways transdisciplinary critical creative practice can inform and be informed by theatre and performance pedagogies. This position will encompass both teaching and critical creative practice responsibilities. The workload would be teaching three courses per semester, with a possibility of summer classes for extra compensation. The position would also include appropriate course release for the ideation and implementation of substantial critical creative practice projects in conjunction with an interdisciplinary research center (ex. Center for the Arts, Center for Design, Center for Experiential Artificial Intelligence, etc.)


Includes teaching courses appropriate to the candidate’s skills and interests, such as Introduction to Theatre, Theatre & Society, Creative Storytelling for Social Engagement, etc. Includes at least one public performance, presentation, or exhibition of critical creative practice conducted while in residence at Northeastern University. May include supervision of undergraduate research projects as appropriate. Includes participation in the life of the theater department—attending monthly faculty meetings, department events, etc.


Must have a PhD in Theatre, Performance Studies, or a related field completed within the past five years and prior to the start of the appointment. Must have teaching experience at the college level and must provide evidence of an established research and/or critical creative practice profile and/or potential for substantial contributions to the field of theatre and performance studies. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal for two additional years. The starting date is September 1, 2020.


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Additional Information:

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Qualified candidates must have experience in, or a demonstrated commitment to, working with diverse student populations and/or in a culturally diverse work and educational environment.

Northeastern University offers benefits coverage to the domestic partners of benefits-eligible faculty and staff.

Applicants should send a letter of application indicating how their background and expertise fits department needs, a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a proposal for a research project that could incorporate undergraduates as research assistants and fit within the scope of one of Northeastern University’s interdisciplinary research centers, and the names and contact information of at least three references. All applications are online. To apply, visit Northeastern’s Human Resources website:

Questions about the positions may be addressed to Antonio Ocampo-Guzman, Interim Chair, Department of Theatre at

Initial review of applications will begin on December 15, 2019. Positions remain open until filled.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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