University of Exeter – 2 Positions

Chair in Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies

This appointment of a Chair in Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies is part of the College of Humanities’ ongoing investment in Drama to sustain and build on its notable success. We are looking for a leading international figure with the ability to attract world-class academics to their research groups. Applicants will be innovative researchers with a strong track record of research funding and international quality publications. They will be able to develop new knowledge, innovation and understanding in the field in ways that complement or extend current expertise in Drama at Exeter. In education, they will be able to engage students with theatre theory and practice. They will possess a thorough understanding of institutional management systems and the wider higher education environment, and will possess an ability to foster interactions and links both within the University and externally.

Lecturer in Chinese/East Asian Theatre/Drama (Education and Research)

The post of Lecturer in Chinese/East Asian Theatre/Drama will contribute to extending the research profile of Drama at Exeter. The successful applicant will hold a PhD in Theatre/Drama/Performance Studies and have an independent, internationally-recognised research programme in an active field of Chinese/East Asian Theatre/Drama research related or complementary to existing Exeter strengths. He/she will be able to demonstrate the following qualities and characteristics; a strong record in attracting research funding, or demonstrable potential to attract such funding, teamwork skills to work in collaboration with existing group members, an active and supportive approach to inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research that will help to foster interactions and links both within the University and externally, the attitude and ability to engage in continuous professional development, the aptitude to develop familiarity with a variety of strategies to promote and assess learning and enthusiasm for delivering undergraduate programmes.

These full-time permanent posts are available from 1 September 2013 at the latest. The closing date for applications is 11 December 2012.

Initial enquiries can be made to Stephen Hodge, Head of Drama ( t: 01392-724524 / e: ). You may also wish to consult our website ( ) for further details of the College.

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University of Exeter, Department of Drama

When adjusted for the 95% of staff submitted to RAE2008, Exeter ranks among the top 15 in the UK for research out of 159 higher education institutions. The Times Higher Education described Exeter as ‘a rising star among research-intensive institutions’, and it joined the Russell Group in 2012 . Drama returned 35% of research in the top 4* category, with 95% of research in Drama ranked as internationally competitive. Drama has had notable success in achieving external research income, including several large AHRC awards, and a high success rate in Creative Fellow and Academic Fellowship awards as well as workshop and practice-based Research Council projects. We foster a strong culture of peer support in relation to staff research, and host three Research Centres within the Drama Department: the Centre for Contemporary Performance Practices; the Centre for Performance, Sciences and Community; and the Centre for Performance Histories and Cultures.

Since 2004, the Department has undergone a major expansion, with an additional new building erected on our Thornlea site as the major part of an investment of GBP 3.7 million, and an accompanying increase in undergraduate, postgraduate students, as well as in academic staff numbers. Our state-of-the-art facilities compare with any in the country. Exeter Drama has performed consistently highly in the NSS, and currently ranks top, based on the average percentage of positive responses across all survey categories for full service universities.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is ‘Positive About Disabled People’: if you have a disability, you should mention this in your application. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.