Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications from senior specialists in Shakespeare and performance to fill the endowed tenure-line Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare Chair in the Department of Theatre, with affiliate appointment in the Department of English. The successful candidate will have strong credentials in Shakespeare scholarship with associated expertise in acting, design, directing, dramaturgy, voice, or other production-related specialties suitable for engaging students in the dynamics of performance. The Robinson Professor will be expected to continue to contribute to Shakespeare scholarship, to the Theatre and English Department's Shakespeare curriculum, and to the University's theatre season. The ideal candidate will be able to outline a dynamic and relevant research agenda and effectively work with a diverse community, faculty, and student body, particularly in the Theatre Department's productions. He/she/they will participate in the University's mission of creating an inclusive and equitable culture. The Shakespeare Chair will teach two (2) courses per academic year in the Theatre Department and one (1) in the English Department.  Ph.D., D.Phil., M.F.A. or other relevant terminal degree required. 


The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is the second largest of the 16 institutions within the University of North Carolina system and the largest university in a dynamic metropolitan area of 2.4 million people, offers broad educational opportunities to over 31,000 students. UNC Charlotte has one of the most diverse student bodies in the UNC System. The College of Arts + Architecture and the Department of Theatre are committed to actively working towards achieving the goals of social justice, inclusion, and cultural equity. Charlotte’s vibrant cultural community provides many opportunities for faculty and students to regularly interact with nationally and internationally renowned artists. This position comes with a competitive salary as well as excellent professional development opportunities.


All applicants must apply electronically at (position # 5208). Application materials must include: (1) A cover letter addressing the applicant’s qualifications for this position; (2) A curriculum vita/resume; and (3) three original confidential reference letters. Reference letters should be sent to: 


Dr. Kirk Melnikoff

Professor of English 

University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

9201 University City Blvd. 

Charlotte, NC 28223 


The review of applications will begin on November 21st, and the position will remain open until filled. Questions may be directed to Kirk Melnikoff via email ( 

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