Assistant/Associate Professor of Storytelling

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Assistant/Associate Professor of Storytelling
Department Communication and Performance - 21200
Pay Grade 1
Job Category Faculty
Job Summary

The Department of Communication and Performance at East Tennessee State University seeks an Assistant or Associate Professor and Program Director in Storytelling. This position carries full-time, tenure-track status starting in August 2018, pending availability of funds.

We seek an energetic and inspiring faculty member with strong academic credentials who will help us move our newly revised master’s degree program in communication and storytelling studies forward, broadening its scope, visibility, and appeal. We aim to hire someone who understands, and will help our students understand, storytelling not only as folk and traditional art, but also as contemporary practice with socially transformative potential. We seek someone with a strong commitment to interdisciplinarity, intersectionality, cultural equity, and ethics of storytelling practices.

The successful candidate will direct the storytelling program, including collaborating with other program and department faculty to: schedule courses, manage budgets and resources, schedule and advertise for storytelling performances, manage the undergraduate minor and components of the proposed revised MA in Communication and Storytelling Studies. In addition, they will teach graduate and undergraduate courses and advise graduate and undergraduate programs of study, theses, and capstones. They also will pursue a focused research or creative activity agenda as well as teaching and service programs that strongly support a case for tenure and promotion at ETSU.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated collaborative spirit that would fuel relationship- and alliance-building across related ETSU programs, and between ETSU and outside communities and organizations. Among these are the International Storytelling Center (ISC), which produces the world acclaimed National Storytelling Festival, both in nearby Jonesborough, and the National Storytelling Network.

In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in storytelling and related topics according to expertise, the ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to teach qualitative or arts-based research methods at the graduate level, as needed. We are open to various specializations in story, narrative, and storytelling, but we are especially interested in candidates whose emphases can help us to strengthen and broaden the performance focus of the department and build bridges that connect the Communication Studies and Storytelling programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Storytelling, narrative, or other related performance experience and approaches.

Record of collaborations across disciplinary, program, and/or other boundaries.

Excellent organizational and administrative skills with adherence to deadlines.

Outgoing personality or habits, and interpersonal skill that will fuel efforts to build relationships, alliances, and collaborations with other programs, communities, and organizations that have a vested interest in story, narrative, and storytelling.

Focused advising and mentoring of students that help them pursue their academic and professional goals, ensure timely progress toward graduation, and meet rigorous academic standards.

Timely feedback on student coursework, proposals, theses, and capstone projects

Record of collegiality

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. or terminal degree in communication, cultural studies, performance studies, folklore studies, cultural sustainability, cultural anthropology, theatre, or other related field. Candidates who are ABD will be considered, but the successful ABD candidate must have completed all requirements for the doctorate before start date.

Administrative and interpersonal skillsets that indicate ability to build cross-disciplinary, institutional, community, and business alliances.

Preferred Qualifications


Storytelling, narrative, or other related performance experience and approaches.

Experience in higher education teaching and research

Experience in two or more of the following areas: performance studies; performance ethnography; narrative; applied storytelling; social justice; street, forum, or interactive theatre; digital storytelling; arts-based research methods; storytelling across disciplines for career preparation (e.g., interpretive biology, public history, environmental or natural resource interpretation, cultural heritage interpretation).

Experience with and/or interest in collaborative grant-writing or collaborative fundraising


Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F00071P
Is this position subject to a criminal background check? No
Is any part of the funding for this posting coming from a grant or outside funding source? No
Open Date 09/13/2017
Close Date 12/01/2017
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants

REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS WILL BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 6, 2017. Applications will be accepted until December 1

When filling out the ETSU online application, applicants will provide the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of 3 professional references, which may initiate an electronic reference letter request and also will indicate the candidate’s approval for the search committee to contact those references.

Applicants also must upload: a cover letter that specifically addresses the job summary, required qualifications, and preferred qualifications listed in this posting; curriculum vitae; evidence of teaching excellence; 1-2 page research agenda; and copies of all graduate transcripts (if transcripts are not available for upload, they may be sent directly to the search committee by initial review date). ABD candidates should provide convincing evidence in the application materials that the Ph.D. degree will be conferred prior to the position start date.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Evidence of Teaching Excellence
  4. Statement of Research
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts