Utah State University

  • Department Head of Theatre Arts

    City Logan Campus
    Posted Date 2 months ago(12/4/2019 10:40 AM)
    Requisition ID
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    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Job Classification
    Caine College of the Arts
    Theatre Arts
    Advertised Salary
    Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits
  • Overview

    The Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University seeks qualified candidates for the position of Head of the Department of Theatre Arts with a start date of July 1, 2020. We particularly invite candidates who combine several important characteristics:

    • Demonstrated capabilities for consultative leadership, strategic management, and administration at the university level.
    • An ability to build consensus among faculty and staff.
    • An ability to function as an effective advocate for the department, faculty, staff, and students to the university administration and as an ambassador of the theatre arts to the wider community.
    • The ability to lead the faculty in the design, delivery, and assessment of curriculum, including the ability to lead the department’s response to trends in the profession.
    • Experience working in professional theatre and/or a strong record of theatre scholarship.
    • Demonstrated record of fundraising success.
    • The ability to administer a department budget.
    • Strong listening, spoken, and written communication skills.
    • Commitment to diversity.
    • The ability to teach in one of the programs of the department.


    Housed in the Caine College of the Arts at USU, the Department of Theatre Arts has a long history of well-established and highly regarded programs. The new department head can expect to play a key role in positioning the department and the college among the major arts institutions in the nation. The department offers BA, BFA, and MFA degrees.  The new department head will join a vital local and extended arts community, which includes the university-owned Lyric Repertory Company, a professional summer theatre. Located in Cache Valley, beautifully nestled in the mountains of northern Utah, the university sits adjacent to the Cache National Forest. The valley is a prime destination for outdoor recreation including skiing, hiking, biking, and camping. 


    • Oversight and facilitation of departmental operations and functions such as assessment, development of curriculum, scheduling, budgets, personnel (including faculty and staff evaluation and mentoring), alumni relations, development and funding.
    • Leadership and oversight of faculty matters, professional development, and the promotion/tenure process.
    • Leadership of departmental strategic planning and management.
    • Artistic oversight of the Utah State Theatre production season.
    • Service as the Artistic Producer of the Lyric Repertory Company with financial and artistic responsibility for the company. The Artistic Producer is a member of a team which includes the Artistic Director, the Associate Artistic Director and the General Manager.
    • Service as part of the college leadership team, including serving as assigned on various college and university committees and task forces.
    • A limited teaching role.
    • Serve as mentor and advisor to students - responding to student needs, issues and expectations.


    Minimum qualifications:

    • A terminal degree (MFA, Ph.D., or equivalent).
    • Academic qualifications sufficient to be tenured as a full professor at USU at the time of appointment.
    • An established record of teaching in a field relevant to the theatre arts.
    • Significant scholarly achievement or creative artistic achievement in a professional setting.
    • An ability to teach in one of the academic areas of the department: performance, theatre education, theatre history; or costume, set, and lighting design

    Preferred qualifications:

    Leadership experience in a theatre arts department; the ability to direct theatrical productions; commitment to development and promotion of undergraduate and graduate programs in theatre; a record of successful fundraising; a strong network of professional and academic relationships; experience with national theatre associations, such as NAST, USITT, ACTF, ASTR, AATE, VASTA and ATHE.

    Required Documents

    Along with the online application, please attach:

    1) Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

    2) Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

    3) Statement of Leadership Philosophy to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

    4) Names and contact information of three professional references to be entered at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile


    **Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

    Advertised Salary

    Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits


    Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

    College/Department Highlights

    The Caine College of the Arts seeks to make the arts more visible, more innovative, and more fully integrated into the intellectual life of Utah State University and the communities it serves. The Caine College of the Arts is a collaborative community, representing the collective strengths and voices of the arts and offers a means for connecting people and programs. The Caine College of the Arts offers: a visiting artist program that brings to campus nationally renowned artists and designers, award-winning faculty members, a world-class performance hall, internship assignments with prominent artists and designers, and international study opportunities. The Caine College of the Arts includes the Departments of Art + Design, Music, and Theatre Arts, and is closely affiliated with the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art on the USU campus.

    University Highlights

    Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.


    A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


    The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/index.php.


    USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at https://equity.usu.edu/. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.



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