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Professor and Director (Chair), School of Theater and Dance - College of Visual Performing and Arts (6225)
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Mar. 14, 2022
Title Professor and Director (Chair), School of Theater and Dance - College of Visual Performing and Arts (6225)
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Theatre & Dance
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education
The School of Theatre and Dance at Northern Illinois University seeks a permanent Director. We invite candidates with proven track records in administrative leadership and outstanding artistic and/or scholarly contributions to guide a community of scholar/artists. Successful candidates will be committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Particular attention will be paid to candidates who can support our continued investment in diversity and belonging, including in the recruiting and retaining of students, faculty hiring, and curriculum.

Position Summary:
The Professor and Director will serve as administrative head of the School with oversight of faculty (including faculty teaching assignments), staff, curriculum, accreditations, budget, and strategic direction.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Provide visionary and inspiring leadership. Oversee and offer guidance on teaching assignments and the production season selection process. Keep accreditation current. Collaborate with faculty to develop a yearly production budget. Oversee undergraduate and graduate recruitment. Seek out and hire outside guest artists who reflect the artistic and educational values of the School. Actively engage in the School’s creative work. Support and engage in transdisciplinary initiatives and collaborations across campus and the community. Advocate for the School in outreach, recruitment, and engagement activities. Cultivate and sustain relationships with NIU and the surrounding community in collaboration with the College and the NIU Foundation. Support the School’s vision of diversity, equity, belonging, anti-racism, and social justice as a fundamental value in all aspects of artistic, scholarly, and educational work.

Department, University, and Community Description: The School of Theatre and Dance at Northern Illinois University provides intensive artistic and academic training for students preparing for careers in theatre and theatre-related areas. The course of study is rigorous and realistic, designed to develop, challenge, and broaden the skills and attitudes of all theatre students, but especially the highly motivated student who takes responsibility for his or her own growth. Every academic year, we stage a full season of seven Mainstage Series and six Studio Series productions on three stages, providing public performance opportunities every year of a student’s academic career. Our programming reflects eclectic choices, which are designed to challenge both our students and our audiences. Our principles are simple. Students perform publicly all four years of the program. Our students have a strong work ethic and commitment to excellence, but also the ability to work as an ensemble and treat other artists with respect - this is not only fostered but required. We emphasize in collaboration and not competition among our students, as well as our faculty and staff. Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois. Northern Illinois University and the School of Theatre and Dance values diversity and inclusion at all levels as described in its

Recent Diversity Plan/Statement. The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago's "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford with three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

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