faculty positions

Assistant Professor, Open Field AND
Assistant Professor, Directing

The Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS) at Stanford University seeks outstanding candidates for two positions:

  • Open field, tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate is expected to maintain a productive research agenda, teach courses in the TAPS Department, and advise students. Although this is an open search, candidates with expertise in theater/performance design will receive special consideration.

  • Director and/or Performance Maker, tenure track at the rank of Assistant Professor. Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: directing drama and musical theatre, performance making, and devised theatre. M.F.A., Ph.D. or comparable experience required. Applicants will be expected to teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels and to direct student productions.

  • Applications must be received by November 6, 2017 to receive full consideration, although the search will remain open until the positions are filled.

    For the open field position, applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, a short writing sample (no longer than 2500 words) and for those applying in design, a maximum of five images to: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9824

    For the position in directing, applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, and a directing portfolio that includes up to five images and brief vision statement explaining method and aims to: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9825

    The expected starting date for both appointments is September 1, 2018. Professor Peggy Phelan is the Chair of the Search Committee. Inquiries may be sent to Patrice O’Dwyer (podwyer [at] stanford.edu) who will administer the search.

    Assistant- or Associate-Level Faculty Position in Islam and the Arts

    Stanford University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor or a tenured Associate Professor faculty position in Islam and the Arts. The search is open to scholars focused on Islamic religious arts and performance; non-religious artistic and literary productions of the diverse cultures of Islamic societies; and scholar/artist practitioners. The applicant must have a conferred terminal degree in his/her field by September 1, 2018. The appointment can be in one of the following departments in the School of Humanities and Sciences: Art and Art History, Music, Theater and Performance Studies, or Comparative Literature.

    The successful candidate will be based in a humanities department but is also expected to contribute to the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies’ curricular and outreach efforts. Candidates should demonstrate interests that afford effective interactions with a broad range of colleagues and the ability to teach and mentor a diverse student body. Teaching responsibilities will be determined by the home department.

    Applicants should provide a cover letter including a brief statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae including list of publications, and one recent writing sample or, in the case of an arts practitioner, a link to the applicant’s website. Assistant level and untenured applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted to AcademicJobsOnline.org. Currently tenured applicants should submit the names of three references. For full consideration, materials should be received by October 2, 2017.

    Please use the following link to apply: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9281

    Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of, and applications from, women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

    staff positions


    The Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS) seeks a creative and energetic Marketing and Special Events Assistant. The Marketing and Special Events Assistant will be responsible for the administrative duties associated with marketing and publicizing TAPS produced productions and events; overseeing the online Box Office, ticketing, customer service, and Front of House (FOH) duties for TAPS productions; creating and promoting TAPS social media content; assisting in the planning and execution of Department special events; and occasional publicizing of academic programs and internal information. The Marketing and Special Events Assistant will be required to work nights and weekends regularly during the academic year. Principal duties and responsibilities include, but are limited* to:

  • Assist in planning, tracking, and communicating workable schedules and deadlines
  • Coordinate and negotiate with vendors, including printers, advertising venues, etc.
  • Arrange catering and event design for department receptions, lunches, parties, etc.
  • Record and verify financial transactions
  • Assist in set-up for special events
  • Gather, organize, and carefully proof content for production programs, advertisements, press releases, websites, calendars, etc.
  • Maintain an accurate and up-to-date internal list of all department events and corresponding event information
  • Maintain, procure, and organize office and box office supplies
  • Assist in finding, hiring, and arranging compensation for student box office staff, FOH staff, student office assistants, event photographers, etc.
  • Foresee and take steps to avoid potential conflicts in department event scheduling
  • Other administrative duties requested by the Department Administrator

  • Develop strategies and create digital content for TAPS social media accounts
  • Film and produce promotional video content
  • Participate in developing and implementing overall marketing strategies
  • Generate content and update department news on TAPS blogs
  • Occasionally design electronic and print advertisements for events, academic courses, etc.
  • Post TAPS events to external online calendars, as well as manage internal event calendars
  • Maintain and update patron mailing lists
  • Operate as principal contact for press and co-sponsor (extra-departmental) inquiries
  • Coordinate and fulfill press and extra-departmental requests for photographs, press releases, press tickets, etc.

  • Set up events in online box office (via Vendini)
  • Determine and track ticket inventory for all TAPS productions
  • Solicit and track all complimentary ticket requests from department members, cast, crew, VIPs, etc.
  • Print and sort tickets/envelopes for TAPS performances
  • Serve as primary customer service contact for patron inquiries

  • Serve as FOH Manager for all performances and events requiring supervision, most often on evenings and/or weekends
  • Hire, schedule, train, and supervise all FOH staff

  • Provide administrative support to marketing team
  • Assist with marketing plans/programs to meet business objectives, including coordinating with internal stakeholders
  • Draft, edit, and schedule select marketing communications for a variety of channels (i.e., web, print, email)
  • Monitor, track, and report marketing program effectiveness
  • Review and report post-event/program/campaign data
  • Assist in quality control of data and marketing materials
  • Support the planning and execution of events
  • Support the creation and launch of tools and processes to improve marketing efforts
  • Contribute to vendor selection, arrangements, and scheduling
  • Coordinate vendor estimates and invoice processing
  • Develop an understanding of organization's major programs, services, events and products

  • * Other duties may also be assigned

  • Bachelor's degree or a combination of education and relevant experience

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, etc.)
  • Knowledge of student life and internal workings of Stanford University
  • Experience with the process of mounting and marketing live performance
  • Experience with video filming and editing
  • Experience with web design, including HTML5, Javascript and CSS
  • Creative event planning skills
  • Experience in marketing and social media strategy and management
  • Self-motivation, enthusiasm, creativity, and positivity
  • Highly organized and creative
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently to meet expected deadlines and schedules
  • Demonstrated team player

  • Bachelor's degree or a combination of education and relevant experience

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork

  • * Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • Regular work on evenings and weekends.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu

  • Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Job: Marketing Coordinator
    Job Family: Marketing
    Job Series: Marketing Specialist
    Exemption: Non-exempt
    Job Code: 4891
    Grade: E