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Associate Professor or Professor / Chair, Theatre and Executive Director of the Nevada Conservatory
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Date Posted May 3, 2022
Title Associate Professor or Professor / Chair, Theatre and Executive Director of the Nevada Conservatory
University University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV, United States
Department College of Fine Art
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education

Associate Professor or Professor / Chair, Theatre and Executive Director of the Nevada Conservatory Theatre


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Associate Professor or Professor / Chair, Theatre and Executive Director of the Nevada Conservatory Theatre, College of Fine Arts [R0130196]


Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution comprised of approximately 30,000 students and more than 3,600 faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 152,000 degrees, producing more than 130,000 alumni around the world. UNLV is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine.  UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada.

Here at UNLV, we have come together and created one of the most affirmative and dynamic academic environments in the country. UNLV sits in the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of the nation’s most diverse universities for undergraduates. The university has ranked in the top ten since the rankings debuted more than a decade ago. We continue to show our commitment to serving our wonderfully diverse population and building the future for Las Vegas and Nevada.

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The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas seeks a Chair and Executive Director to lead its growing and dynamic Department of Theatre and the Nevada Conservatory Theatre. The Chair serves as the administrative head of the Department, coordinating and supporting 12 full-time and 7 part-time faculty and enrolls over 220 undergraduate and 30 graduate students. The distinguished faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized scholars, artists and theatre practitioners with substantive links to the professional theatre and the film and television industry. Degrees offered include a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with concentrations in Stage and Screen Acting, Design/Technology, and Theatre Studies; a Master of Fine Arts in Design/Technology, Performance, and Stage Management. The department has an established Acting for the Camera program that is integrated across the performance curriculum; and a successful interdisciplinary relationship with the Department of Film including film production, design, screen-acting and digital media. Situated in the “entertainment capital of the world” the department shares a dynamic relationship with the Las Vegas strip. Through collaboration, exchange, workshops, technical and performance projects, apprenticeships, internships and employment, the Las Vegas entertainment industry is a valuable resource enriching both faculty and students. The Nevada Conservatory Theatre (NCT), founded by the theatre faculty in 2000 and housed in the Judy Bayley Theatre on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; stands as a model for the intersection of research, pedagogy and professional practice. The NCT is the applied artistic and technical producing arm of the department. Built on a professional-oriented, theatre model, the NCT is committed to bringing to Las Vegas the highest quality theatre. With a spotlight on the integration of professional guest artists and advanced students, the NCT is committed to creating “a vibrant theatre that inspires and entertains while providing a social, political, and ethical forum for Las Vegas artists and audiences.”


The University of Nevada Las Vegas offers a generous annual and sick leave package, medical and dental benefits, supplemental voluntary benefits, tuition assistance, and wellness programs. Visit our benefits page for a full listing.


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Department of Theatre invites applications for a tenured Associate Professor or Professor of Theatre to serve as the Chair for the Department of Theatre and the Executive Director of the Nevada Conservatory Theatre to begin in Fall of 2022.

The Chair/Director is responsible for administering the day-to-day operation of the department and implementing its strategic priorities.  The Chair schedules and staffs all classes, supervises departmental employees, administers personnel evaluations, and recommends faculty for promotion and tenure as outlined in the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Code. The Chair develops and manages departmental budgets, oversees facilities and equipment, and responds to concerns expressed by faculty, students, University officials and outside constituents. Concurrently, as the Executive Director of the NCT, the successful candidate will provide artistic and logistical leadership in theatre, production and company management, season selection, the hiring of professional guest artists, marketing, audience development, fundraising and community outreach in collaboration with faculty, college and university leaders. 

The Department of Theatre Chair/Executive Director for the Nevada Conservatory Theatre (NCT) is a full-time, tenured faculty position on a 12-month contract, ideally beginning July 1, 2022. The Department Chair/Executive Director is a complex position requiring a uniquely gifted candidate who can synthesize effective academic and artistic leadership. We seek candidates whose pursuit of educational and artistic excellence, innovative vision and creative energy will enable an elevated and effective engagement within a highly committed, vibrant, culturally diverse, intellectual-and-artistic amalgamated community of students, teachers, scholars, artists and technicians. The successful candidate will be an effective communicator, collaborator and consensus builder, with a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, shared governance and transparency. The ideal candidate will possess a progressive vision for the theatre of the 21st century, leading an emerging theatre program committed to exemplary professional-theatre practice in an educational setting. We seek a candidate who is academically grounded, faculty focused, student centered and professionally oriented.


Per the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Emergency COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Policy, all NSHE employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious waiver request.  All candidates for employment must have this information on file with Human Resources prior to their start date. Information about how the policy applies to new hires is now available on the COVID-19 Employee Vaccine Mandate webpage.  


This position requires a Doctorate (DMA, DM, or PhD) or Terminal Degree (MM, MFA or equivalent) in a Theatre discipline from a regionally accredited college or university. Professional and/or academic accomplishments as a performer, scholar, or teacher commensurate with the rank of associate professor with tenure. These include:

  • A combination of a terminal academic degree (varies based on discipline) and significant professional experience

  • Past experience in a Department of Theatre setting such as Department Chair, Area Coordinator, or other

Credentials must be obtained prior to the start of employment.



  • Tenured Professor

  • A distinguished record of theatre administrative leadership in higher education



Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions. Position is contingent upon funding. 



Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted.

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.  

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on May 16, 2022.  Materials should be addressed to Michael Lugering, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted online as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or


UNLV employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at UNLV and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log into Workday, type "Find Jobs" in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site. Locate this specific job posting by typing the job requisition number, “R00130196” in the search box.

If you complete an application outside of the internal application process, your application will be returned and you will have to reapply as an internal applicant which may delay your application.


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The University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race (including hair texture and protected hairstyles such as natural hairstyles, afros, bantu knots, curls, braids, locks and twists), color, or religion (protected classes). Discrimination on the basis of a protected class, including unlawful harassment, which is a form of discrimination, is illegal under federal and state law. Where unlawful discrimination is found to have occurred, UNLV will act to stop the unlawful discrimination, to prevent its recurrence, to remedy its effects, and to discipline those responsible.


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that it operates.  Non-discrimination on the basis of sex is mandated by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.) and the corresponding implementation regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 106).  The University’s commitment to nondiscrimination in its education programs and activities extends to applicants for admission and employment.  Inquiries concerning the application of these provisions may be referred to:  Michelle Sposito, J.D., Title IX Coordinator, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451062, Las Vegas, NV 89154-1062, Frank and Estella Beam Hall (BEH) Room 553, Telephone: (702) 895-4055; Email:, or to The Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of Education, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-1100; Telephone: 1-800-421-3481 FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 1-800-877-8339; Email:; or to both.  

Information pertaining to the University’s grievance procedures and grievance process, including how to report or file a complaint of sex discrimination, how to report or file a formal complaint of sexual harassment, and how the University will respond can be found online at the Office of Equal Employment & Title IX webpage.


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