Emerson College, Department of Performing Arts

Position ID:Emerson College-Department of Performing Arts-APCS [#22557]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Comedic Studies
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Boston, Massachusetts 02116-4624, United States
Subject Area: Performing Arts
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2022/08/31)
Position Description:    

Assistant Professor in Comedic Studies

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The Comedic Arts Program and The Department of Performing Arts invite applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Comedic Studies. The interdepartmental BFA Program in Comedic Arts and the BFA Theatre Program in the Department of Performing Arts seek candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through ongoing engagement with students both inside and outside of the classroom. The appointment begins August 24, 2023 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 24 & 25, 2023.

Emerson College believes the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus climate where everyone can thrive is only possible in an authentically inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible, sustainable and socially just environment. As a community of storytellers, we continually strive to cultivate a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

Emerson's BFA degree in Comedic Arts is the first of its kind in the country. It integrates writing, performance and production with new courses that examine comedy from a variety of perspectives. Immersive and hands-on in its approach, this major draws its faculty and courses from Emerson's departments of Visual and Media Arts, Performing Arts, Writing, Literature & Publishing, and the Institute for the Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies.

The Department of Performing Arts is home to one of the nation's leading undergraduate programs in theatrical performance and production, with 97 full- and part time faculty members and staff and 526 majors across all disciplines. The department offers B.F.A. degrees in Theatre Design/Technology, Stage & Production Management, Musical Theatre, Acting, Theatre, Theatre & Performance, Theatre Education, and Theatre Education & Performance. Emerson Stage presents eight fully staged major productions annually in five theatres, with additional production opportunities available to our students through ArtsEmerson, our nationally and internationally-recognized professional presenting company. Emerson is also home to Howlround Theatre Commons.

Emerson College enrolls over 5,800 graduate and undergraduate students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Its main campus is located in the dynamic, multicultural city of Boston. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson's commitment to inclusive excellence is supported by a range of resources such as the Office of Internationalization & Equity, the Social Justice Center, and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Our ideal candidate will have expertise in the research areas of Comedic Studies and Theatre Studies. The primary responsibility for this position will be teaching in the BFA Comedic Arts program, which includes classes in comedy history and theory at all undergraduate levels of the program. Teaching duties include first-year introductory and upper-level Comedic Studies courses in the BFA Comedic Arts Program and the BFA Theatre Program in Performing Arts. Courses may include but are not limited to: Evolution of Comedy; Theories of Humor and Laughter; Shakespearean Comedy; Seminar in Comedic Studies addressing issues of race, gender, and sexuality; Comedy: Plays and Performance; and Stages of Drama.

In addition to teaching, responsibilities will include advising and mentoring undergraduate majors, serving on program, departmental and college committees, sharing in the collegial development of curriculum in the Performing Arts department, and advancing the academic and professional reputation of the institution.


The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. with an active research agenda and participation at academic conferences. In addition, the candidate will have a record of academic publication or promise in that area. The candidate should have experience teaching at the college or university level, with a demonstrated commitment to anti-racist practice and pedagogy.

Candidates must be able to address issues of race and representation in all of their courses. Emerson College is engaged in identifying and removing barriers to admission for working-class students and students of color/students of the global majority. The successful candidate will contribute their expertise to fostering an equitable and anti-racist environment. Our ideal candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to social justice within both the classroom and the profession. The candidate will have facility with culturally responsive pedagogies and approaches, and possess a fluid overall pedagogy that is able to adapt and expand as the cultural conversation around representation, privilege-based difference, and inclusive excellence continues to evolve.

We encourage applications from candidates who examine power relations and oppressive practices that are normalized in dominant culture and who explore race, gender, sexuality, and class dynamics through their work. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Information on the BFA Comedic Arts Program is available at: https://www.emerson.edu/programs/comedic-arts-bfa

Basic information on the Department of Performing Arts is available at: https://www.emerson.edu/programs/theatre-performance-bfa

To apply, please submit the following:
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vita
  • Writing sample (published article or chapter)
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Diversity and Inclusion Statement that addresses how the candidate works to achieve inclusive excellence and an anti-racist ethos within their classrooms
  • Contact information for three references (who can supply letters of recommendation promptly upon request - not to be contacts without applicants approval)

Preference will be given to applications received by September 30, 2023, but the position will remain open until filled. Please note that there will be in person teaching demos and meetings for invited candidates.

Please note, in the job application, where there is the "CV/Cover Letter/ Additional Documents" drop box, you must include all of the required materials listed above. You can upload each document separately or as a combined PDF. Your application will not be complete without these documents.

If you are having issues uploading, please email facultycareers@emerson.edu.

To apply, please visit: https://emerson.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Emerson_College_FT_Faculty/job/Boston-Campus/Assistant-Professor-in-Comedic-Studies_JR004096-1

About Us
Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.

Diversity Statement
Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society. Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated the Associate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator to respond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617-824-8999; email: titleix@emerson.edu

Annual Clery Report
In accordance with the federal Clery and Campus SaVE Acts, Emerson College commits to providing all current and prospective students and employees with access to the annual campus security reports for each of our campuses. This report may be accessed from the Emerson College Police Department website.

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