Department Chair - Theatre
Posted: November 19, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionBrief Summary of Work for this Position
This position is a 12-month tenured appointment that will begin July 1, 2022 at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The successful candidate will be appointed to an initial 4 year term as Department Chair. This position is eligible for renewal with support of the faculty and Dean. The Chair position includes a 1/1 teaching load as well as an expectation to maintain a scholarship agenda commensurate with rank.
As a member of the theatre faculty, the successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching excellence and contribute to curriculum in the area of the candidate’s expertise. Expertise in Lighting Design or Multimedia is preferred but not required. The position is open to all areas of expertise with a priority placed on candidates with strong interpersonal skills and an artistic vision that is forward-thinking. Also prioritized are those who represent and support diverse perspectives and will contribute to a department committed to creating a culture and educational experience for students that is transformative, inclusive, sustainable, equitable and one that values a range of educational opportunities and career paths.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Completion of a terminal degree such as a Master in Fine Arts or PhD in Theatre. Currently hold the rank of Associate or Full Professor (or present credentials commensurate with appointment at that rank at UNCW.) If hired as an associate, may apply for promotion to full after two years.
Strong managerial and organizational skills
Knowledge of departmental, college/school, and university policies and procedures
Knowledge of budgets
Ability to prepare department schedules and teaching assignments
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
A strong record of academic or professional leadership, artistic or scholarly research, publication, or creative activity
Academic administrative experience (preferably as a department chair)
A passion for liberal arts theatre training and a desire to nurture and advocate for all students and faculty in their own creative practice and scholarship
Enthusiasm as well as aptitude for recruitment, grant writing, curricular and fiscal development
An aptitude for visionary and inspiring leadership specific to infusing anti-racism and social justice practices as fundamental values of theatre practice, scholarship and community engagement
Experience in strategic planning, budgeting, programming and community engagement
Proven ability to articulate to internal and external constituents the essential value of the arts
Expertise in Lighting Design, Multimedia Design preferred. However, all disciplines considered
In consultation and collaboration with the faculty the responsibilities for Chair include, but are not limited to:
Operating with visionary leadership that will support opportunities to expand and enhance programs within the Department of Theatre while furthering professional and community affiliations
Fostering diversity in all its forms in the faculty, staff, and student body as well as in programming and the curriculum
Championing equity, access, and inclusion as social, cultural and intellectual imperatives
Articulating and enacting a vision infusing anti-racism and social justice as a fundamental value of theatre practice, scholarship and community engagement
Prioritizing recruitment and brand identity with a clear and proactive strategy to make visible the ways in which the UNCW Department of Theatre stands apart from similar institutions and departments
Supporting curriculum development which is forward-looking and which embodies decolonized curriculum and pedagogy
Facilitating department policy/procedures
Continuing consensus-building and transparent decision-making that best advances the mission of the department
Continuing to advocate for collaborative culture based on open communication with faculty, staff, deans, students, alumni, and university administration
Managing the budget and department resources
Supervising class scheduling and student advising
Assessing the needs of the department as they intersect with UNCW’s strategic plans in a manner that is both efficient and forward-thinking
Supporting the artistic vision of the faculty and student production season
Teaching and/or contributing to the performance season or curriculum
Teaching one course each semester in area of specialization
Continued professional scholarship and artistic achievements
Supervising university policies, procedures, teaching loads, research and scholarship in compliance with the transition to R2 classification
Required Certifications or Licensures
No Required Certifications or Licensure.
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Department of Theatre is a highly engaged B.A. program committed to a liberal arts education, intensive practical training in addition to university and community partnerships. The department serves between 80 – 90 majors and approximately 25 minors, focusing on a solid academic core coupled with applied, pre-professional instruction in a variety of disciplines. The thirty-four-million-dollar Cultural Arts Building houses the Theatre, Music and Art Departments. The Department of Theatre features a 300-seat proscenium theatre, 100-seat flexible studio theatre, scenic and costume design/fabrication shops, studio and design classrooms, computer lab, lecture hall, and seminar classrooms equipped with multi-media and distance learning capabilities.
The department mounts between five and nine productions annually, including one to two Student Lab Series and two to four Second Season productions. In addition, students expand their practical experiences through applied learning projects, extracurricular activities, and off-campus performance venues. Students are educated and trained to succeed either within graduate programs or as working professionals in a wide range of fields. Student recruitment is a high priority, and the department seeks to increase enrollment in all B.A. options. Additionally, the department consistently works to create opportunities for collaboration and partnership with the film and music departments; including both a newly formed musical theatre minor and a dance minor.
The historic coastal city of Wilmington, NC, provides a rich, creative environment for theatre students and professionals, and the Department of Theatre is a key member of the arts community. For twelve consecutive years, U. S. News & World Report ranks UNCW as one of the top ten public master’s universities in the South and recently received the Carnegie R2 classification.
As Wilmington continues to pursue restorative social justice and community accountability following the coup de tat of 1898, the city and university also continues to celebrate the massive contributions of marginalized populations to the physical and cultural community over the past 300 years. UNCW is deeply committed to this ongoing work both on and off campus.
The Department of Theatre is responsible for creating a climate that supports inclusivity and makes efforts to enhance diversity among students, faculty, staff, and the broader Wilmington community. Diversity includes, but is not limited to race, sex, age, national origin (including ethnicity), language, religion, disability, neurodivergence, sexual orientation, the spectrum of gender identity and gender expression, veteran’s status and socio-economic status. Continued attention to anti-racist and social justice work is vital for the health and relevance of education and contemporary arts practice. Candidates applying for this position should speak to their personal and professional experiences and articulate a vision for creating and sustaining a community of educators who hold these values.