Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Drama and English Literary Studies 

Hong Kong (HK)
15 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
15 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Drama and English Literary Studies 
Department : School of English 
Closing Date : October 15, 2017 
Ref. : 201700862 

Applications are invited for tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in Drama and English Literary Studies in the School of English of the Faculty of Arts, preferably with an interest in theatre practice, to commence on September 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract.

The School’s unique profile in literary and cultural studies supports strong cross-cultural and specifically boundary-crossing research and teaching in literature, writing, and performance. Innovative studies, conferences, classes, and workshops – centred in the Black Box, the Creative Writing Studio, and explorations of the Transdisciplinary University – recently include the following inquiries of national, institutional, and cultural spaces: Oceanic Archives and Transnational American Studies (2012), Elegance and Messiness in the Age of Risk: Biennial Symposium on Literature and Culture in the Asia-Pacific Region (2013), Voices Through Hong Kong, featuring Emerging Hong Kong Writing and New Arts of Literary Translation (2014), Siting Postcoloniality Colloquium and Workshop (2015), and Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos (2016).

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Drama, Literary, or Performance Studies, or related field, with an active research record and relevant teaching experience, and be prepared to teach and supervise at the B.A., M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. levels. Candidates with an M.F.A. in theatre, directing, or playwriting, in addition to the Ph.D. in drama, are preferred.  We are looking especially for candidates whose scholarship in Drama and Literary Studies, Performance Studies or related fields may focus on Hong Kong, Chinese and Asian contexts and history. The ideal candidate should have an individual record in modern and contemporary perspectives that transforms boundaries of dramatic criticism and studio performance of place, space, and culture. Multi-dimensional research and performative interests may include: historiographic theatre, decolonisation (stage and theory), and global efforts toward new collective futures. We strongly welcome candidates from interdisciplinary approaches, and are open especially to those interested in contributing in local and multilingual contexts to the HKU Black Box Studio and the M.F.A. at HKU.

For more information about the School’s academic programmes and research areas, applicants are encouraged to visit the School’s web pages at Please note that the School is not involved in ESL teaching.  Applicants who have responded to the previous advertisement (Ref.: 201601016) need not re-apply.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with the appointee's qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary. Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

Applicants should send a completed application form, together with a cover letter, an up-to-date C.V., one writing sample (a dissertation chapter or published article), and one example of creative/ performance practice to  Please also arrange to have your three referees send their letters of recommendation directly to by the deadline, but only after you have submitted your application.  Application forms (341/1111) can be obtained at Further particulars can be obtained at  Closes October 15, 2017.

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result. 

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