About our department

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The Department of Drama and Speech Communication offers two sets of degree programs, one in Theatre and Performance and one in Speech Communication, and a minor in Digital Arts Communication.

Each of our three units pursues distinct disciplinary and practical areas of study, all contributing to a rigorous and creative analysis of performance and representation as ways of making meaning.

The department's research, creative work, teaching, and outreach integrate theory and practice to address broad public concerns and questions of social relevance. Our students become reflective practitioners who are successful independently and in interdisciplinary teams in a wide range of economic sectors.

Employment Opportunity for Sessional Instructors

The Speech Communication program at the University of Waterloo is searching for several new sessional instructors to teach core communication courses.  Based in a liberal arts faculty with high national and international standards, the Speech Communication program currently serves approximately 150 majors, 50 minors, and delivers many sections of communication courses to four Faculties from across the University.

Sessional instructors could teach up to three sections per academic term of the following courses: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Science Communication, or Communication in the Engineering Professions. Each of these courses include emphases on foundational communication competencies and are designed to align with the Speech Communication program objectives. More information on the Speech Communication program can be found here:


Interested instructors should have a PhD or be working toward completing a PhD, and should send a CV and a brief letter of interest that addresses qualifications and teaching philosophy to:

Dr. Robert Danisch

Chair, Department of Drama and Speech Communication

University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1