Department Chairperson - Theatre and Dance Appalachian State University

14 Oct 2014 9:16 PM | Anonymous member

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University invites applications for a Department Chair, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor beginning July 2015.  The Chair will provide energetic and visionary leadership, promote quality undergraduate teaching, encourage and support faculty scholarship, oversee and support a vigorous, nationally accredited co-curricular production program, foster strong links to the university community and community-at-large and actively seek the resources necessary to continue expanding the department. The new chair is expected to maintain productive scholarship and teach one class per semester, administer and manage the academic unit and lead in departmental personnel matters.


The successful candidate will have a terminal degree in an appropriate field, arts and educational administration experience, extensive knowledge of both theatre and dance disciplines, record of professional creative activity and/or scholarship, excellent communication and management skills. Experience with grant writing and diversity issues is preferred.


The Department of Theatre and Dance provides liberal arts educations with BA degrees in Dance Studies and Theatre Arts. The department offers Theatre concentrations in Performance, Design /Technology, and Theatre Education as well as minors in theatre or dance. Central to the departments mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program that provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to students, the university community and the region. The department strongly supports the university's liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship, and service. The department employs more than 39 faculty and staff, including 22 full time faculty.


Appalachian State University is a member institution of the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina. Located in Boone, North Carolina, the university has approximately 18,000 students, primarily in bachelors and masters programs in both liberal arts and applied fields. Appalachian has both a traditional residential campus and a variety of distance education programs. Additional information about the Department of Theatre and Dance can be found at:


Complete applications include: letter of interest, statement of leadership philosophy, evidence of successful teaching and creative or scholarly work, CV, and complete contact information for three references. Applications must be submitted as one PDF file named using the following format:

Lastnamefirstname_chairapp.pdf. Send applications to with the subject line last name Chair Search. The initial review of complete applications will begin November 10, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the application process may be addressed to Derek Gagnier, Search Committee Chair, at or at 828.262-6854.


Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.


Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Derek Gagnier, Search Committee Chair.  Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.  Documentation of identity and employability of the applicant will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.

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