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Director of the School of Theatre
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Date Posted Jan. 17, 2020
Title Director of the School of Theatre
University University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC, United States
Department School of Theatre
Application Deadline January 24, 2020 for full consideration
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education

Director of the School of Theatre

The UNCG School of Theatre in the College of Visual and Performing Arts seeks an accomplished and collaborative leader with extensive academic and administrative experience, as well as significant achievements as a theater artist and/or scholar. The Director of the School of Theater is a 10 month position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor of Theatre with tenure. This position reports directly to the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership that advances equity and inclusivity in strategic administrative decision making and faculty development, as well as in interactions with students and the community at large.
  • Model a commitment to ongoing professional development in specific diversity competencies such as culturally responsive pedagogy, racial literacy, and LGBTQ+ inclusivity.
  • Fulfill the administrative roles and responsibilities of a school director including the furthering of the mission and vision of the school.
  • Manage fiscal and business resources by directing financial planning and strategy, and preparing and reviewing/analyzing forecasts for comprehensive budgeting.
  • Provide effective personnel management and interpersonal skills with a proven record of sustaining positive collaborative connections between colleagues; building successful teams; and mentoring professionals and students.
  • Promote and advocate for the School of Theatre within the college and university.
  • Maintain balance and equity between the academic areas of the School of Theatre.
  • Support innovations in teaching.
  • Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in areas of expertise to a diverse student population.
  • Promote professional alliances.

Fully accredited by National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), the School of Theatre is comprised of over 19 full-time faculty, five full-time staff members and enrolls approximately 300 undergraduate and graduate students. The School offers nine degree tracks in liberal arts and professional degree programs including MFAs in Acting, Design, and Directing and Theatre for Youth; BFA in Drama with concentrations in Acting, Design and Technical Production, Theatre Education, and Musical Theatre; and a BA in Drama. The School of Theatre produces a full 10-month season of 10-12 productions in three different theatre spaces in addition to supporting an ongoing educational/professional relationship with Triad Stage, a Greensboro based Equity LORT theatre.

In their letter of application candidates should articulate their understandings of how systems of inequality shape disciplinary knowledge, typical practices in their field, and university environments in general. They should also articulate how those understandings inform their leadership.

Required Qualifications

  • Terminal degree and evidence of excellence in teaching, scholarship/creative activity and service.
  • Credentials appropriate for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with Tenure.
  • Record of inclusive and strategic leadership in support of faculty and student development leading to increased diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
  • Significant experience in fiscal oversight and management.
  • Commitment to establishing and maintaining the confidence of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the professional community.
  • Commitment to UNCG’s core values of inclusiveness, collaboration, sustainability, and transparency.
  • An ongoing engagement with the field including familiarity with a broad range of historic and contemporary practices in pedagogy, scholarship, and artistry.
  • An understanding of current issues in higher education and national and international trends, and how systems of inequality shape these institutional dynamics.

All applications must be processed through UNCG Spartan Talent reference position number 998630.
All materials must be submitted electronically. Required application materials include:

  • Letter of application,
  • Current CV, and
  • Name, e-mail, and phone contact information for three references submitted to the references section of the electronic application. These references will be solicited by the UNCG Spartan Talent system via email and asked to provide a confidential Letter of Reference on behalf of the applicant. This automated solicitation of provided references will occur once the applicant submits the completed application and receives a confirmation number from the UNCG Spartan Talent system.

Enquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Nominations and inquiries about the position may be directed to Chair of the UNCG School of Theatre Search Committee, Professor Janet Lilly, at

For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 24, 2020. Review of applications will begin January 27, 2020 continue until the position is filled.

UNC Greensboro is a minority serving institution with an undergraduate population of 49% ethnic minority students and 67%female students. The School of Theatre and the College of Visual and Performing Arts seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position. UNC Greensboro is an inclusive learning community with a campus-wide culture that embodies access, equity, diversity, excellence, and collaboration. UNC Greensboro is located in a metropolitan area of more than 1.6 million in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Appalachian Mountains.

  • UNC Greensboro is an EOE/Affirmative Action/M/F/D/V employer and is strongly committed to increasing faculty diversity.

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Contact Information

  • Professor Janet Lilly
    School of Theatre
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Greensboro, NC


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