THR Department Chair

Organization: Michigan State University
Category: Executive
Type: Full-time

THR Department Chair

Aug 12, 2019

Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Theatre 10004832
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Tenure System Faculty, Education/Training

Position Summary
Michigan State University invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Theatre.

The Chair of the Department of Theatre will provide visionary leadership, overseeing the academic and artistic efforts of 250 undergraduate majors and minors, 15 graduate students, and 28 full-time faculty and staff. The ideal candidate will be an innovative and inspiring leader and educator with the capacity to take a thriving and dynamic program to new heights. Qualified candidates will balance pedagogy and production in ways that support the department’s creative and scholarly endeavors. The committee seeks candidates who are eager to explore the following ideas:

The chair will oversee everything from department governance to the graduate and undergraduate curricula. The successful candidate for this position will provide visionary leadership and play a major role in generating, directing, and facilitating the departmental mission; operating policies and procedures; faculty, students, and staff development; teaching, research, and outreach programs throughout Michigan, nationally, and internationally; and support for students, staff, and faculty achievement within a culture of inclusion, collaboration, creativity, mentorship, and care. The chair will also play a major role in the development of educational programs within the Department and will be responsible for formulating a plan for the department’s artistic direction and may act as artistic director if qualified.

The successful candidate must have the necessary qualifications and the ability to be appointed at the rank of Full Professor (12-month appointment, tenured) commencing August 16, 2020. Salary competitive and commensurate with experience.

Required Degree
Doctorate or Masters of Fine Art

Minimum Requirements

Required Application Materials
Qualified applicants should submit

Special Instructions
Review of applications will begin October 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website at Posting #595921.

For more information, contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Alison Dobbins, or 517-884-7792.

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

Review of Applications Begins On 10/01/2019

Website For more information about the Department of Theatre go to

Department Statement
The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members, results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion. The Department of Theatre has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups including the LGBTQIA community. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts & Letters’ distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence. MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found Information about the Academic Advancement Network can be found Information about MSU Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, including the Diversity Research Network can be found The College of Arts and Letters employs 262 full-time faculty with 3100 undergraduates and 259 graduate students enrolled in 24 majors, 36 minors, and 9 graduate programs that are housed in 9 departments and 22 research centers and interdisciplinary programs. These include such outstanding programs as African and African American Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Jewish Studies, the Center for Gender in a Global Context, and the Center for Interdisciplinarity. The College also has a vibrant mentoring program at the College and Departmental levels. It works closely with MSU’s five international centers that receive Title VI funding and is also a long-time leader in international education sponsoring 70-80 programs each year. In 2019, faculty of color made up 27% of the College faculty and students of color made up 30% of its entering undergraduate class.MSU Statement Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.