Department of Theatre

Chair and Professor

Vacancy: #14E026
Position # 4036

The University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre in the College of Arts and Sciences

The Department of Theatre B.A. program offers a liberal arts education featuring a solid academic core coupled with applied, pre-professional instruction in three options: performance, design and technology, and customized. Approximately 120 undergraduate majors, 20 minors. Faculty, staff, and students occupy a thirty-four million dollar Cultural Arts Building. The facility features a 300-seat proscenium theatre, 100-seat flexible studio theatre, scenic and costume design/fabrication shops, design classroom, computer lab, lecture hall, and traditional as well as seminar classrooms equipped with multi-media.

Annually, the department mounts five productions, including a Student Lab Series show. In addition, opportunities for student work continue to expand through applied learning projects, extracurricular activities, and off-campus performance venues. Students are educated and trained to succeed in graduate programs as scholars, designers, production managers, technicians, and performers. Many have achieved professional credits in theatre, film, television, and related industries. The department seeks to increase student enrollment in all B.A. options, especially design and technology and customized.

In consultation with the faculty, the Chair facilitates policy/procedure construction and compliance, strategic planning, faculty/staff hiring and evaluation, budget management, class scheduling, and student advising. In addition, the Chair oversees departmental productions. Additional responsibilities include teaching one course per semester (or the equivalent) in a specialty area.

The historic coastal city of Wilmington, NC, provides a rich, creative environment for theatre students and professionals, and the Department of Theatre is a key member of the arts community. For twelve consecutive years, U. S. News & World Report ranks UNCW as one of the top ten public master’s universities in the South.

Qualifications: Candidates must have an MFA or other terminal degree in theatre and currently hold the rank of full professor (or present credentials commensurate with appointment at that rank at UNCW). We seek an individual with academic administrative experience (preferably as a department chair), demonstrable achievement in professional or academic leadership, a distinguished artistic and/or scholarly record, passion for liberal arts theatre training, and enthusiasm as well as aptitude for curricular and fiscal development. 

To apply, please complete the online application available on the Web at A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references should be uploaded to the online application - not emailed, mailed or faxed. Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required. For assistance with the online application process, contact Sue Wilder at or 910.962.2061. For additional information regarding the position, contact Interim  Chair Philip Furia  or phone 910.962.3321.

Priority screening of applicants will begin November 21, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.

UNCW is an EEO/AA Employer. UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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