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19 Nov 2018

Full-Time Assistant Professor, Comedy Writing and Performance

Columbia College Chicago  Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Job Description

The Theatre Department seeks the addition of a tenure track comedy-writing faculty.
A secondary emphasis in performance is encouraged. Teaching three courses per semester, with substantial service expectations, the incumbent will participate broadly in our learning community, while engaging substantially with the field via creative endeavor and/or scholarship.
The best qualified candidates will have experience in teaching a diverse student body and an aptitude for mentoring students.

The incumbent will be charged with developing innovative pedagogical strategies within existing curriculum, revising existing curriculum, and developing new curriculum as needed to meet the needs of the Comedy Writing and Performance B.A. Degree. The incumbent’s pursuit of tenure will require the production of a substantial and distinctive body of work. The ability to deploy administrative experience in service to the program, department, and student-centered co-curricular activities would be welcome.


  • Participate broadly in our community of students, artists, and scholars
  • Teach three courses per semester
  • Create a substantial body of creative work and/or scholarship consistent with department and college tenure criteria
  • Cultivate a substantial service portfolio that promotes student success
  • Find additional areas for leadership and guidance in the department. These may include but are not limited to:  playwriting, acting, and professional readiness
  • Mentor a diverse student body
  • Participate in recruitment efforts
  • Other duties as assigned


  • F.A. or Ph.D. in Theatre, Creative Writing, or related discipline by time of appointment
  • Substantial professional experience (minimum 5 years) as a writer or director in the fields of sketch, standup, film, television, or internet comedy
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching in a culturally pluralistic environment
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and engage students with a wide range of academic preparedness
  • Ability to develop a substantial body of work consistent with department and college tenure criteria through creative endeavor and/or published scholarship
  • Experience leading conversations regarding the ways that comedy intersects with discourses regarding race, power, gender, and sexuality in the classroom and in mentorship situations


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About the College

Columbia College Chicago is a private not-for-profit college for creatives serving nearly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in downtown Chicago’s South Loop, the College is centered in one of the world’s most lively urban cultural areas. Its many competitive advantages include its strong reputation in the creative industries, outstanding faculty and passionate students, impressive technological and physical resources, and a sincere commitment to bringing diverse voices and experiences into close proximity with each other to shape new forms of creative practice.


This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee and is subject to change based on the needs of the department and/or college.


At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.


We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.


Additional Information

  • Position subject to a background screening.
  • This is a non-union position.
  • This position is overtime exempt.


Columbia College Chicago actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion as vitally important to its present and future success. These principles are essential to the educational experiences of our students, staff, and faculty. We seek faculty with a demonstrated ability to work with students from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds, and whose creative, scholarly and/or professional work aligns with our commitment to dismantling systems of privilege and oppression. Each of the individuals hired, along with holding faculty rank in their respective departments, is expected to advance the College’s DEI mission. For more information on the office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion please visit:


Columbia College Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning civil rights. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: assistant professor, education, performing arts, teaching, and theatre. States: Illinois.

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