Lecturer in Theatre and Performative Practices


Permanent Whole Time Post

UCC Department of Theatre seeks a candidate for a Lectureship in Theatre, to join our thriving and unique department. Reporting to the Head of Department, we seek a candidate who will:

  • Offer teaching within, and research linked to, two or more of our existing programmes (these are described below).
  • Both fit with, and expand, curricular provision in the department, given the candidate’s area(s) of scholarly specialisation.
  • Continue to develop a dynamic research profile within department, school and wider Futures ecology.
  • Contribute constructively to service, administration and community engagement, including taking their eventual turn as Head of Department on our departmental rota.

The department offers a progressive curriculum that is theory-practice integrated at all levels. Our students generate their own work – whether this be as maker thinkers at the UG Level, or as budding creative producers or research-creative practitioners at MA level. As such, UCC’s Department of Theatre delivers a range of programmes unique in Ireland. Our BA Theatre and Performative Practices brings together theatre and performance theory, histories, dramaturgy, community and applied practices, somatic practices, voice, and the devised making of work in both solo and group formats; we look at a wide range of work for the stage, and when our students perform, it is in work they have made or adapted themselves. Our MA Arts Management and Creative Producing, delivered in cooperation with Cork Opera House, is pioneering, and its graduates work throughout the arts and culture sector; every year its students develop their own vision and strategy for developing co-produced events that set the stage for their next career steps and hold a self-produced event. Our MA Theatre and Performative Practices explores the relationship between theatre and performance, activisms, and artistic research, with strong theory-practice integration; this year students have explored eco-feminist approaches to making work and engaging audiences, and will shortly be exploring theatre and its intersections with disability, queerdom, racialisation, and other historically and/or contemporarily marginalised communities. We also offer an HDip conversion course, international options for a year’s study abroad in our BA TPP International, and have a wide range of ever-developing international partnerships.

Our chosen candidate will engage with a department whose underpinning ethos is expressed through delivering teaching and research in the following areas: performance histories; performance texts and writing; dramaturgy; devising (performer-created theatre) including from adaptation; applied theatre (especially theatre & young people); Irish theatre; creative producing and arts industry management practices; dance and somatics; voice, vocality and extended voice; experimental approaches; interdisciplinary approaches (music/theatre, dance/theatre, visuality/theatre and theatre+ other disciplines); spatial approaches; issues of ecology; queer approaches; feminisms; inclusion-based approaches (including theatre & disAbility); and sensory approaches. In the department there is strong value placed on theory-practice integration, and the widest range of innovative approaches to research and teaching are welcome as complements to our current team’s work. Candidates who offer innovative engagements with: creative producing and its futures; digital and emerging media integration with performance; intercultural and world approaches; theatre and the social dynamics of racialisation; de-colonising approaches; marginalised ethnicities; emerging approaches to creative performer training; might well complement our team, but we are also open to the ever-widening range of hybridisations of specialisation that candidates might propose, as applicable to our programmes. Note that our performance-making ethos is devising-based. An interest in working within the dynamic and exciting contexts of Cork and Ireland are valued.

The Department and University’s strategic plan aim at a hyper-inclusive renovation and reconfiguration of the Granary Theatre and our chosen candidate will be able to contribute to a renewed vision for preparing for theatre’s future.

For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process see https://ore.ucc.ie/. The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Yvon Bonenfant. Further information on the Department of Theatre, visit the department website.

This position is being filled as part of UCC Futures - Future Humanities.

What is UCC Futures – Future Humanities

The Future Humanities Institute (FHI) is the new interdisciplinary research institute for the humanities in UCC and represents one of the constituent areas of the UCC Futures initiative. The FHI seeks to promote, build and sustain research excellence in the arts and humanities by forging interdisciplinary relationships across the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, the wider University and beyond. As the home of artistic research, critical methodologies and historical and cultural analysis, the Future Humanities Institute will drive research on the critical societal challenges that face Ireland, humanity and the planet in the 21st century.

The Institute brings together arts and humanities scholars from a broad range of disciplines to pursue transdisciplinary research. While involving researchers, schools and departments and centres from across all four Colleges, from a governance and resource perspective the FHI is aligned with the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.

The Future Humanities Institute is the home of the Radical Humanities Laboratory (RHL), six College-wide research clusters, and will also serve as the umbrella institute for a number of affiliated research centres and institutes. Through the broad spectrum of activities pursued by the various components of the Institute, it will strengthen collaborative humanities research culture building on the dynamic and bottom-up research capacity of CACSSS in tandem with the strategic goals and expertise in the Radical Humanities Laboratory.

The FHI will also be the home of interdisciplinary humanities led projects funded through national and international sources.

Duties of the post

In accordance with the University’s strategic objective as a research-led institution, the duties of all academic staff will include research, research-led teaching and contributions to the university, the discipline and the community. The academic staff member shall teach and examine, undertake administrative duties and carry out other duties appropriate to the post under the general direction of the Department of Theatre in the School of Film, Music and Theatre. The staff member’s research profile will be situated in CARPe, the School’s Research Cluster, and aligned with the future-facing agenda of UCC Futures – Future Humanities Institute. All duties will be undertaken in alignment with the Vision for the Post articulated above.

The roles and responsibilities outlined below are to be interpreted in the context of the relevant Statutes and where there is any difference arising from interpretation, that statutory provisions take precedent. For the sake of clarity, the relevant elements of the statutes not already incorporated in the numbered sections are appended in italics under each subheading.

Please note that for this post, if candidates are invited to interview, a sample teaching workshop will be requested due to the practical nature of the programme.

Teaching and ExaminingResearchContributions

Teaching and Examining

  1. Contribute to and assist in the delivery of research led teaching, assessment and examining on courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level and where appropriate adult and continuing education courses;
  2. Supervise research projects for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes;
  3. Undertake the development and regular evaluation of modules with reference to content, delivery and assessment;
  4. Participate in the development of new curricular initiatives;
  5. Demonstrate excellence in teaching and learning and apply innovative teaching and learning methodologies within the School of Film, Music and Theatre and the Depatment of Theatre and within other academic units in the University, as appropriate;
  6. Contribute towards the maintenance of academic standards within their discipline.
  • to give the students attending his/her ordinary lectures assistance in their studies, by advice, by informal instruction, by occasional and periodic examination, and otherwise, as s/he may judge to be expedient; also, to make such arrangements as s/he sees fit to make to meet students who have individual queries;
  • to give instruction to his/her students and assist them in the pursuit of knowledge;
  • to hold, or assist at, all University examinations in the subjects with which s/he is an examiner.



  1. Engage in productive research and scholarship and contribute to the advancement of knowledge, participate in research activities and publish the research in appropriate peer-reviewed publications, creative works or other forms of scholarship appropriate to the discipline;
  2. Supervise postgraduate research students (particularly PhD students);
  3. Undertake initiatives in generating research income as appropriate to the discipline;
  4. Engage in other scholarly activities relevant to the research discipline.



  1. Participate in the administrative activities of the department/school and the academic life of the College and University; including to eventually undertake the role of Head of Department when the candidate’s turn comes on the Departmental rota;
  2. Act as a member of such committees as may be required by the University;
  3. Develop links with professional bodies and external agencies, where appropriate;
  4. Promote the discipline both inside and outside the University and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University and society;
  5. Carry out other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned by the head of discipline/department/school
  • to carry out administrative and other appropriate duties lawfully allocated to them within their department or other academic unit;
  • if a member of the Academic Council, to attend its meetings;
  • to serve upon all the committees to which s/he may be appointed by the Governing Body or the Academic Council, and to assist and co-operate with the Governing Body in such other reasonable ways as the Governing Body may prescribe, for the maintenance of discipline and good conduct among the students, or for the general business of the University.

The above listing is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake duties as can reasonably be expected. All staff are required to be flexible, co-operative and professional within the needs of the post and the Discipline/Department/School, College and University. The University is undertaking a major reform of its internal structures which may necessitate possible future changes in the organisation of its activities.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will be expected to meet the following essential criteria:

QualificationsTeaching and Examining | Research | Contributions | Other


Essential Criteria

  1. A doctorate, equivalent professional qualification or research experience leading to publication in the relevant discipline.


Teaching and Examining

Essential Criteria

  1. Relevant teaching experience or evidence of teaching potential;
  2. An ability to contribute across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes both in and outside the area of research specialisation;
  3. Evidence of a commitment to excellence in research led teaching;
  4. Evidence of an understanding of and willingness to use modern teaching technologies and potential for innovative teaching and curriculum development;
  5. Evidence of an ability to teach, inspire and supervise students, communicate ideas and concepts in a teaching and learning environment.



Essential Criteria

  1. Evidence of appropriate research achievement as indicated by published work and other research outputs appropriate to the discipline, appropriate to the candidate’s ‘academic age’ (number of years post-PhD);
  2. Potential to attract funding through competitive research grants or other sources as relevant;
  3. Experience of or potential for research supervision (particularly PhD students).

Desirable Criteria

  1. Evidence of other relevant scholarly activity;
  2. Ability and willingness to collaborate with colleagues on research projects, as appropriate to the discipline.



Essential Criteria

  1. Administrative experience or evidence of ability to contribute to academic administration;
  2. The potential to participate in and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University, the academic discipline and society at large.
  3. Experience in or potential to participate in relevant academic and professional associations/bodies as appropriate.



Essential Criteria

  1. Superlative communication and interpersonal skills;
  2. Evidence of ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team;
  3. Ability and willingness to work in a collaborative environment;
  4. An understanding of, and empathy with, the concerns of students;
  5. A commitment to the long term development of the discipline.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Salary Information

Appointment may be made on the Lecturer Below the Bar Salary Scale: €38,662 - €67,426 (Scale B) / €40,689 – €64,159 (Scale A)  

Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Applications for this post

How to apply

Applications for this post are received through UCC's online application portal by selecting 'Academic UCC Futures' in the search by vacancy type field.

Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to uccfuturesrecruitment@ucc.ie, quoting the job title.

What to include in your application

Applications should consist of your academic CV and a cover letter demonstrating your academic and research achievements. We would also like to hear about your research ambitions and how your academic and research profile aligns with the UCC Futures - Future Humanities initiative.

Details of the following should also be included, as appropriate:

  • Publications
  • Research Interests
  • Grants and Funding
  • Teaching Interests and Abilities
  • Teaching Objectives and Methods

Who to contact

We encourage all applicants to contact us prior to making an application for the position. 

Deadline for applications

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12pm (Irish Local Time) on Tuesday, 27 February 2024. No late applications will be accepted.

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University College Cork is committed to being a fully inclusive global university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) are core values under our UCC Strategic Plan 2023-2028. UCC holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advancing equality in higher education. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of age, care-giving status, disability, ethnicity, gender and/or gender identity or expression status, nationality, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion/creed, and/or sexual orientation. We are committed to supporting all staff through flexible working schemes, family-friendly policies, training and development, and staff networks. We value the enrichment that comes from a diverse community and seek to promote equality, prevent discrimination and protect the human rights of each individual in line with equality legislation. We encourage applicants to consult our Dignity and Respect Policy and learn more about our EDI related initiatives.

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