Professor of Contemporary Performing Arts (Theatre/Music/Dance) (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Arts


University of Groningen

Job description

University of Groningen
Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high quality teaching and research. Its 37,000 students are encouraged to develop their individual talents through challenging study and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international centre of knowledge: it belongs to the best research universities in Europe, and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide. For additional information, see this link: The University of Groningen has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is building on a longstanding tradition of four centuries. Its mission is to be an ambitious top-ranking faculty in terms of both education and high-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of the Netherlands. The faculty creates and shares knowledge through outstanding education and high-quality research, benefitting society.

Arts, Culture and Media
The ACM program is unique in the Netherlands with its doubly interdisciplinary structure: it combines a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives with a broad range of art disciplines where students choose two art forms in their BA studies from music, theatre, film, literature or the visual arts. This rich interdisciplinary and inter-art setting calls for a scholar with openness to interdisciplinarity. Some of the overarching questions studied by the ACM staff are: How do we define the arts and what are their functions? Which roles do the arts play in the lives of individuals, for specific social groups and within society as a whole? How do related media impact the experiences and evaluation of the arts, and how do contemporary and newly emerging art forms relate to each other and the evolution and history of the arts? How have developments such as intermedial art, participatory art, digital art, performance art, sound art, or new media art transformed the arts in recent years? How do these new and emerging forms of arts deal with questions of climate disaster, post-colonialism, gender inequality? Related to this broad range of questions the new chair should also show commitment to thinking about historical changes in discussions about the arts and share a strong commitment to studying how the arts contribute to societal values and individual worldviews.

The Faculty of Arts in the University of Groningen invites applications for the position of Full Professor of Contemporary Performing Arts (Theatre/Music/Dance). This is a full-time and permanent post.

The successful candidate has an excellent, proven track record in the field of Contemporary Performing Arts, both in research and teaching, and has excellent leadership and mentorship qualities. The new professor comes with a rich and varied experience of working in multidisciplinary teams and is able to work in different fields. The chair holder is expected to lead a dynamic team of researchers with varied research interests and disciplinary backgrounds, and to promote and serve the long-term interests of the team and its members within the Faculty of Arts and beyond.

The research task of the professor covers 40% of the appointment. Research in the field of Arts, Culture and Media (ACM) is housed in the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) and, within this, in the Research Center for Arts in Society with theme groups such as ‘Music, Sound and Culture,’ ‘Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media,’ and ‘Arts, Culture and Cognition.’ Furthermore, members of the Department of Arts, Culture and Media participate in various national research schools, such as the Research School for Media Studies (RMeS) or the Netherlands Institute of Cultural Analysis (NICA). The new chair will actively contribute to at least one of them. The new professor is expected to secure funding for research projects through research proposals in cooperation with academic or non-academic institutions within and outside the Netherlands. The candidate should therefore have experience in setting up national and international research programmes and obtaining funding. An extensive national and international network is essential.
The new chair will also actively seek PhDs students and explore new ways for joint or double degrees.

Teaching covers 60% of the appointment (minus compensated management tasks), and the candidate is expected to teach and lead development of courses at all levels in the department. The ACM department provides education at the Bachelor level in the form of the international BA Arts, Culture and Media, the four minors and pre-master programmes, four MA tracks and two Research Master tracks. The new chair will be teaching in the BA program and in one or more of the four MA tracks in ‘Arts & Culture’: ‘Music, Theatre and Performance Studies’, ‘Arts, Cognition and Criticism’, ‘Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship’, and ‘Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media’, as well as the Research MA ‘Arts & Culture’ with its two tracks ‘Arts, Media and Literary Studies’ and ‘Cultural Leadership.’ Which courses the candidate will be teaching will depend on the profile of the candidate and needs of the program.

The new professor leads the chair group Contemporary Performing Arts (Theatre/Music/Dance) and performs service and administrative tasks within and outside the Faculty of Arts. The new chair holder will play an active role in promoting the regional, national and international prestige of the chair group by initiating and contributing to existing societal and networking activities and will represent the chair group through their contacts with academic institutions and societal partners in the Netherlands and abroad.

The position
We seek a candidate with an international reputation as a research leader and a clearly demonstrated record of accomplished teaching and administration.

The professor will:

● coordinate and teach courses in the BA and MA programmes
● instigate, coordinate, and conduct research in the field of Contemporary Performing Arts
● supervise and co-supervise PhD students
● foster the professional development of the members of the chair group
● obtain external funding for research
● deepen and extend existing teaching and research collaborations across the university
● develop existing national and international scholarly networks
● fulfil organizational roles within and possibly outside of the faculty
● represent and promote the chair group of Contemporary Performing Arts in fostering and expanding national and international contacts.


● a PhD degree in the field of Contemporary Performing Arts or a closely related field
● proven excellence in academic research, as demonstrated by publications in leading international journals and books published by high-ranking publishers
● successfully obtained funding for research projects/submitted excellent grant applications
● a strategic international network, demonstrated by, for example, participation in internationally relevant conferences and leading roles on editorial boards
● demonstrable excellence as a dedicated and innovative teacher
● proven experience in supervising PhD students
● a clear vision on the future of Contemporary Performing Arts
● excellent leadership skills and demonstrable organizational competences
● proven excellence in mentoring junior academic staff
● the willingness to collaborate in teaching and research
● proven experience with societal impact
● the willingness to learn the Dutch language, for which support is available.

Residence in The Netherlands, in or near Groningen, is a requirement for this post.

Conditions of employment

The appointment will be at the level of Full Professor with a gross monthly salary depending on qualifications and work experience from € 6,099 up to a maximum of € 8,881 (salary scale H2 of Dutch Universities) for a full-time position. Added to this is an 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of the annual salary. The conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). For international candidates an advantageous tax rule may be applicable.

Date of appointment: 1 September 2023 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

The Faculty will assist the successful candidate in obtaining the requested qualifications for teaching and the Dutch language during the first two years of the appointment.

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Job Application

Applicants are requested to submit:

1. A cover letter, not longer than two pages, outlining their motivation and suitability for the role and demonstrating how they meet the eligibility criteria outlined above
2. A curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, teaching overview, external funding, as well as managerial activities
3. A statement of current and future research (approximately 1,000 words) and a statement of teaching philosophy with recent course evaluations
4. An extensive recent writing sample of up to 20,000 words. This can consist of one or more articles or chapters
5. The names and contact details of three referees. The letters of reference (on letterhead and signed) must be sent to Ms T. Oosterman, email address: by the application deadline. Referees will not be prompted, and candidates are responsible for ensuring that the letters are received on time.

A full job description can be obtained from the Office of the Faculty of Arts, Ms T. Oosterman, telephone number +31 50 3635834, email address:

You may apply for this position until 13 April 11:59pm / before 14 April 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:[…]/

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Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Anthonya Visser, Dean of the Faculty of Arts

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V23.0100

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