College of Fine Arts: School of Theatre and Dance



Position Title:  Associate/Professor and Director, School of Theatre and Dance

Department:  College of Fine Arts            

FLSA Category:  Exempt                        


Working Relationships:

  • Reports to:  Dean of the College of Fine Arts
  • Works Closely with: Faculty and leadership in the School of Theatre and Dance and College of Fine Arts, Marketing and Media Relations, Alumni and Development, the Office of Admissions
  • Directly Supervises:  SOTAD faculty and staff


Job Summary:

The Director of the School of Theatre and Dance (SOTAD) leads curricular and production activities for five undergraduate degree programs (BFAs in Musical Theatre, Acting, Design/Production, Stage Management, and BA in Theatre and Performance Studies).  The Director evaluates and supports the development of sixteen full-time faculty members, 3-5 adjunct instructors, and 3 staff serving an average student enrollment of 175 majors.  Additionally, the Director serves as Producer/Artistic Director of a six-show production season in up to three performance venues.  Seasons include musicals, plays, operas, and dance concerts.  Depending on area of expertise, the Director will teach the equivalent of 6 credits/two courses per year at a minimum. Eligibility for tenure at hire will be negotiated with qualified candidates.  The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts.

All employees are expected to uphold the values of the University.  At Millikin University, we value:

  • Commitment to the discovery of knowledge
  • Civil debate
  • Passion and enthusiasm
  • Dignity and respect for individuals
  • A diverse and inclusive community
  • Integrity and responsibility
  • Advancement of the greater good




  • Collaborates with theatre faculty and other university departments to generate course offerings and schedules
  • Leads and supports faculty in assessing and revising curricula for all majors and minors
  • Evaluates and supports development of faculty at all levels of rank according to university guidelines as stated in Policies and Procedures: Faculty and the College of Fine Arts Unit Plan for Evaluation
  • Recruits adjunct faculty, staff, and guest artists
  • Oversees recruitment for all degree programs
  • Presides over SOTAD meetings
  • Addresses questions/concerns of students regarding SOTAD policies 
  • Oversees SOTAD operating budget
  • Collaborates with campus stakeholders, including other academic units, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for Alumni and Development, the Office of Admission, and Marketing
  • Teaches the equivalent of 2 courses per academic year
  • Assumes responsibility for the general maintenance and improvement of facilities, equipment, and related resources necessary for the effective delivery of curricula and production season
  • Manages and sets policies for non-SOTAD use of facilities and/or equipment within the Center for Theatre and Dance

Producer/Artistic Director:

  • In consultation with faculty, selects and announces the mainstage season
  • Oversees the assignment of faculty, student, or guest artists to direct, choreograph, and design all mainstage productions
  • Sets and monitors production budgets in collaboration with the Production Manager and Design/Production faculty and staff
  • Provides artistic and/or managerial guidance to production teams
  • Oversees casting of productions to maintain educational and developmental opportunities for student performers
  • Monitors rehearsals and design/construction processes
  • Develops season marketing plans and promotional materials with central Marketing and Media Relations 
  • Communicates with external stakeholders for audience and donor development in support of the production season

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate or MFA in theatre discipline
  • Minimum of seven years teaching experience in a baccalaureate or higher degree theatre program
  • Demonstrated leadership in theatre in higher education programs and/or organizations
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship/artistic achievement, and service

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in professional theatre and/or non-profit arts administration

Work Environment:

Manual Dexterity: 

  • Dexterity to operate a keyboard

Physical Effort:

  • Typically sitting at a desk or table
  • Occasionally lifting 25-50 lbs. or less
  • Intermittently sitting/standing/stooping
  • Hearing and visual acuity within normal range

Working Conditions:

  • Typical working conditions found in most administrative settings
  • Ability to travel locally and beyond when necessary

Hazards:  None


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