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11 Mar 2019

Full-Time Academic Director, Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama

University of Oklahoma – Norman  Norman, Oklahoma, United States

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POSITION: Academic Director, Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama

RANK: Associate Professor

STARTING DATE: July 1, 2019


Earned doctorate, MFA, or equivalent. The successful candidate will be a proven and respected leader who has demonstrated the highest standards of achievement in academic and/or professional theatrical disciplines, and has demonstrated success in managing large budgets, asset and program development, fund raising, curriculum development, and student/faculty mentoring.


The qualified candidate will have notable and distinguished prior experience as a Department/School of Drama (or Theatre) administrator and advocate and be a proven leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills working successfully within required institutional processes and procedures. Must have proven success in recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive body of excellent students and faculty; the capacity to forge and maintain relationships within the university community and local community including fostering professional relationships with artistic and educational entities within the region and across the nation; facilitating and nurturing the relationship between the School of Drama and the Alumni body working in the profession around the world.


The successful candidate will lead a diverse and highly qualified faculty in a collegial and collaborative environment of shared governance and will support and expand the School’s programs facilitating excellence in teaching, research, creative activity and learning. The candidate will conduct classes, direct or design for the School’s production season and – depending on strengths – give professional advice in other areas. The Director of the Helmerich School of Drama oversees the day-to-day administration of the School’s academic areas and co-curricular activities (such as School of Drama productions in the University Theatre Season as well as collaborations with the Schools of Music, Musical Theatre and Dance); manages the School’s 11 administrative and production staff members; models professional ethics and best practices; and champions initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion in the arts.


The Helmerich School of Drama is one of five schools in the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts. The school delivers a conservatory style education with the benefits of a liberal arts environment housed within one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the Midwest. The School of Drama is widely recognized as offering one of the leading BFA training programs in Oklahoma and the nation. The School of Drama offers a BFA degree in the following emphasis areas: Performance, Dramaturgy, Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Sound Design and Stage Management.


The Director of the Helmerich School of Drama will maintain and strengthen the national reputation of the second oldest university dramatic training institution in the United States. The faculty, staff and students of the School of Drama annually produce 14-16 productions in five dedicated theatres spaces. The 12 full-time faculty are actively engaged in the profession and their scholarly fields. The 11 administrative and production staff members are essential to creating and maintaining various aspects of the School of Drama production studios and offices.


The University of Oklahoma-Norman is a comprehensive research university classified by the Carnegie Foundation in the highest tier of research universities in the nation (R1: Doctoral Universities—highest research activity). Our research enterprise features award- winning nationally and internationally-recognized faculty, multidisciplinary research centers, scholarly publications, and acclaimed performances at venues throughout the world. As of Fall 2018 the Norman campus has 26,165 students and 1,922 faculty members. Norman is a culturally rich, vibrant community of approximately 120,000, located 20 minutes south of Oklahoma City, a metropolitan area with a population exceeding 1,200,000. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on “best places to live” rankings.


Applications must be submitted online at
Required documents include a cover letter, up-to-date curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, creative/scholarly work, statement of administrative philosophy, and a list of five current references with contact information, document with link(s) to video or webpage of creative work and/or professional portfolio. Application review will begin March 1, 2019.


For additional information please call (405) 325-7370 or visit for complete information regarding the program, the College, and The University of Oklahoma.

Job Categories: Education. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: administration, director, education, performing arts, recruitment, school, and theatre. States: Oklahoma.

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