Northwestern University in Qatar invites applications from highly qualified candidates for a full-time Assistant Professor faculty appointment in performance studies, with a primary regional focus on West Asia and North Africa, particularly Arab countries, or on other Global South contexts, to be appointed to a position in the Communication and Liberal Arts Programs.
We seek candidates with an active research and/or performance program that focuses on theater, music, dance, media making. Preference given to scholars whose work is comparative or transnational, who investigate questions of performance from critical and interdisciplinary perspectives, who include race and/or gender in their analysis, and who have linguistic competence and field experience in their area of research. Successful candidates will hold a Ph.D. by the time of appointment and could come from theater, performance, media and/or communication studies or from related interdisciplinary backgrounds. Candidates are expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate education and program development.
NU-Q is a globally embedded institution: it is one of three campuses of Northwestern University (Chicago, Doha, Evanston) and one of several institutions in the Qatar Foundation’s Education City in Doha, Qatar. Our mission is to mentor and educate students to become creative, ethical, and impactful communicators across cultural and national boundaries. We are committed to a vibrant student life, academic excellence, and to high-level undergraduate student research and media making, particularly on the Global South. Located at the confluence of continents, NU-Q is a diverse global community with 450 students from 59 countries.
In addition to a demonstrated or highly promising research trajectory, applicants should show competence in working with globally diverse communities, a strong commitment to excellence in inclusive teaching and mentoring, and dedication to institutional service and shared governance. Responsibilities include teaching courses in their discipline and elective courses that speak to their research field, as well as contributing to NU-Q’s curricular demands. These could include the Media Industries and Technologies program, the required “Ways of Knowing” course, the Doha Seminar honors course, graduate seminars, executive education classes, or courses qualifying for our university’s growing number of interdisciplinary minors, such as Africana Studies, Middle East Studies, Media and Politics, and Strategic Communication.
NU-Q provides competitive compensation and benefits. The medium of instruction is English, but proficiency in Arabic or another regional language is an advantage at NU-Q. Candidates with experience in US higher education as well as in the Arab region; women; and persons from traditionally underrepresented groups in academia are particularly encouraged to apply.
Applications received by November 11, 2021 will receive the highest priority. The search will continue until the position is filled or the search closed.
To apply, please upload the following:
- Cover letter including how the applicant’s experience and credentials align with this position.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Contact information for three academic/professional references.
Candidates who move to next stages will be asked to submit a brief statement of research agenda that addresses ability to work in a multidisciplinary community, a sample publication, a sample course syllabus, and a brief statement on working with diverse groups, including relevant international workplace influences.
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