Professor and Director (Chair), School of Theater and Dance - College of Visual Performing and ...

Job Details

Posting Number:

FAC0197P

Classification:

Chair

Working Title:

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

Position Number:

00006225

Job code:

2020FACUL

Type of Position:

F

FTE:

1.00

Representation:

Non-Union

Department:

Theatre & Dance

Position Description Summary:

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.

Required Qualifications:

Proven leadership, organizational and administrative skills. Transparent and effective oral and written communication skills. Terminal degree or commensurate professional experience required to receive tenure in the School of Theatre and Dance.

Preferred Qualifications:

Significant experience in a lead role in an academic and/or professional theatre/dance setting. Familiarity with diversity and belonging initiatives, budgets, assessments, management, and accreditation.

Hiring Rate/Range:

Commensurate with experience and internal equity; position includes an excellent benefits package.

Posting Date:

11/08/2021

Priority Review Date:

01/09/2022

Application Procedures:

For full consideration, applicants should submit the following materials to https://employment.niu.edu/postings/59737 by January 9, 2021:

  • Letter of interest describing teaching and relevant administrative experience;
  • Current Curriculum Vitae;
  • Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging;
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy;
  • Statement of Artistic and/or Scholarly Work, including links to samples of creative and/or scholarly works;
  • Names of three references whom the search committee may contact later in the process;
  • Unofficial transcripts (official required upon hire)
Applications received after January 9, 2022 are welcomed but will be considered only as needed.

Link to Department Homepage:

https://www.niu.edu/theatre/

Background Check Required:

Yes

EEO Statement:

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230
[email protected]
815-753-5560

Visa Policy:

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation:

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education (AAEOE) at [email protected].

Clery Act Information:

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at www.safety.niu.edu/clery or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at www.niu.edu/clery/fire_report.pdf or by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

Quick Link:

https://employment.niu.edu/postings/59737

Organization

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.

The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago's "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has 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.

Find Us
Telephone
815-753-1000
Location
1425 Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb
Illinois
60115
US

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