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23 Dec 2019

Full-Time Associate Dean of the School of Theatre

Oklahoma City University  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

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Job Description

Oklahoma City University invites culturally, and academically diverse nominations and applications for the non-tenure track, associate/professor, twelve-month position of Associate Dean of the School of Theatre. Reporting to the dean of the School of Theatre, the associate dean assists in all operational matters of the school providing administrative and operational oversight, personnel development, and fiscal management.

School of Theatre

The School of Theatre offers comprehensive and diverse undergraduate focused programs with tracks in professional and applied theatre training. We offer a BFA in Acting, BFA in Design and Production, and a BA in Theatre and Performance in a program that has gained a national reputation and currently has a steady population of over 220 majors. The School of Theatre is a part of the Margaret E. Petree College of Performing Arts which includes the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment and the Wanda L. Bass School of Music. TheatreOCU is the School of Theatre’s producing arm, mounting four mainstage and 7-8 lab productions each season.  Design and Production also supports the Opera & Musical Theatre program which produces three musicals and three operas each year. The school has partnerships with three local professional theatre companies: Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, Lyric Theatre and Oklahoma City Ballet. The Design and Production area has been ranked in the Top 30 College Theatre Design/Tech programs by OnStage Blog for the past two years.

The School of Theatre prepares young theatre artists for a sustainable, professional life. Our faculty inspire undergraduate students in a rigorous, disciplined, and collaborative academic and production environment. Our program is grounded in the philosophy of putting theory into practice from the classroom to the stage to produce creative, culturally aware, and highly effective theatrical artists. More information on our programs and productions can be found at:

Required qualifications

  • A terminal degree in theatre
  • Distinguished record of professional and academic achievements
  • Successful administrative experience with a demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic and tactical plans
  • Experience in recruiting students
  • A demonstrated commitment to maintaining a collaborative work environment with all staff and faculty

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral/written communication skills, and presentation skills
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse constituencies and multiple interests within a university environment
  • High level of initiative, sound judgment, and problem solving skills
  • Ability to motivate faculty, staff, and colleagues to continually improve curriculum, programs and services
  • Knowledge of NAST accreditation procedures, practices, and standards
  • Foster an inclusive, collaborative and motivating environment that makes it possible to attract, engage, and retain faculty, staff, and students of distinction
  • Demonstrate collaborative leadership within the performing arts

 Duties and Responsibilities  

  • Administrative oversight for School of Theatre curriculum, program development, and productions
  • Assist with budget planning and management
  • Assist and coordinate with the dean on artistic and administrative management of all school of Theatre production groups
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and staff on curriculum, assessment, and program development
  • Manage faculty and staff evaluations and the promotion and tenure process
  • Assist and coordinate with the dean on strategic planning, community outreach, audience development, marketing initiatives, and fundraising
  • Collaborate with faculty on season selection
  • Assist the dean in making personnel decisions, including hiring, retention, promotion, tenure, and post-tenure review recommendations to the Provost/VPAA
    • Supervise administrative staff. Complete yearly performance evaluations.
    • Monitor and approve class schedules, overload contracts and adjunct faculty contracts
    • Maintain a commitment to provide excellence in theatre administration and demonstrate leadership in theatre education
    • Commit to the values and disciplines of a professional training program and national theatre standards
    • Facilitate student centered learning and success
    • Foster and maintain partnerships within the academic and professional communities, both locally and nationally

Required Application Materials

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • List of professional references
  • Unofficial transcripts


Contact for Additional Questions

Please address questions about the position or the search to:
Search Chair: Lance Marsh /
Diversity Advocate: Rachel Barnett /

Oklahoma City University is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the values and goals of diversity.


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Full-Time Job in Theatre:
Associate Dean of the School of Theatre
  Oklahoma City University
   Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: management, performing arts, professor, school, and theatre. States: Oklahoma.

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