Special announcement of two positions open in Theater Studies department

Tenured associate or full professor

The Department of Theater Studies at Duke University invites applications for a tenured position at the associate or full professor level to begin in fall 2018. We seek a scholar in dramatic literature or performance studies with a significant body of scholarly research and demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching. This appointment may be joint with another department, as appropriate. PhD required.  Submit a cover letter addressed to Duke University Department of Theater Studies, vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample via Academic Jobs Online <https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9801>. Applications received by October 20, 2017, will be guaranteed consideration. 

Musical Theater instructor

The department is also seeking applications for a part-time, temporary instructor to teach “Dramatic Forms of Musical Theater” in spring 2018 only and using department’s syllabus. PhD preferred. ABD considered.  Submit a cover letter and vitae, via Academic Jobs Online <https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9869>. Application deadline is October 20, 2017. 

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Theater is a form of human expression, shaped by social, economic, technological, personal, and artistic forces. Duke's Department of Theater Studies combines scholarly theater research with productions of plays both old and new, from all over the world and the creation and development of new performance works. We offer students unique opportunities to study and interpret the rich world of drama, with specializations in critical studies in theater and performance, dramatic writing, acting, design, dramaturgy and directingWe create enlightened artists and scholars who approach theater as both an art and a discipline for exploring and expressing the concerns and hopes of our human communities.

Our faculty include scholars in dramatic literature, theory, theater history, dramaturgy, and performance studies and theater professionals in acting, administration, design, directing, and playwriting.  Classes are small, insuring a high level of interaction between students and faculty.

A major area of interest among faculty members is the development of new theater, both student and professional. Students are encouraged to write plays, and new writing by Duke students is presented annually. This is complemented by professional productions hosted by Theater Studies and workshops of new plays, during which the playwright is in residence. These professional projects offer students the opportunity to intern and learn from visiting artists and practitioners.