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Director for the Center for Shakespeare Studies

Position Deleted on 4/27/2011. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Cedar City, UT
  • Admin - Other Administrative Positions
  • Faculty - Liberal Arts - English and Literature
  • Faculty - Fine and Applied Arts - Theatre and Dance
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
Southern Utah University, home to the Utah Shakespeare Festival, is a comprehensive and regional master granting institution of the Utah State Higher Education system located in Cedar City. It is an accredited, state-supported institution with an enrollment exceeding 8,000. Surrounded by many national parks, monuments, forests and wilderness areas that draw millions of visitors annually from around the world, it is only 40 minutes from great snow skiing and year-round golfing. It is located 2 ½ hours from Las Vegas and 3 ½ hours from Salt Lake City.

Southern Utah University invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for Shakespeare Studies (CSS). The Director is a professional staff member. Academically qualified candidates will be considered for appointment at the appropriate faculty rank. The CSS Director supports scholarship, research, and dramaturgy in Shakespeare Studies and Renaissance Studies presented and sponsored by the Center. The CSS is a source for significant research, publications, and media and educational programming that is designed to be accessible to all learners. The director teaches courses in support of an interdisciplinary minor in Shakespeare Studies. The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts. This is a full-time, 12-months/year position to start July 1, 2011. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience; contingent on funding; excellent benefits.

General Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Provide leadership and direction for the Center's programming and sponsored activities designed to fulfill its mission and vision in support of the educational goals of Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF).

2. Facilitate and promote interdisciplinary and integrative programs designed to support the work of the departments of Theatre Arts, English, Sociology & History, and other academic programs on campus. Work with the Education Department of the Utah Shakespeare Festival and develop educational partnerships with K-12 schools in the region.

3. Direct the day-to-day activities of the Center for Shakespeare Studies including, but not limited to, programming, workshops, symposia, publications, and educational content for the CSS website. Manage the Center budget and a schedule of events.

4. Teach classes each semester in support of the minor in Shakespeare Studies. Supervise and advise students engaged in special projects and internships related to the programming and activities of the CSS and the academic departments.

5. Engage in research, scholarship and professional development in support of the CSS as appropriate for Director's academic and/or professional credentials. Serve on relevant academic department and campus committees as needed. Work in cooperation with the Gerald Sherratt Library faculty and staff to ensure relevant books, journals, and other appropriate research materials are available to students and faculty in working in the field of Renaissance Studies.

6. Work in cooperation with the Education Department of the Utah Shakespeare Festival on programming relevant to the Center and USF, assist with the coordination and promotion of the Wooden O annual scholarly symposium, and promote and develop ongoing partnerships and programming with the USF.

7. Assist with securing additional operating resources for the CSS through special projects and programs, fundraising, and grants.

8. Perform other reasonably related duties as required.

1. Excellent communication and presentation skills required and the ability to formulate, articulate, and advocate a clear vision of the role of Shakespeare Studies and integrative and interdisciplinary learning in an educational setting is highly desired.

2. Applicants are expected to provide evidence of expertise, experience, and recognition of their scholarly and/or creative work in the field of Shakespeare, Shakespeare Studies, and/or Renaissance Studies. MA/MS, or MFA in Theatre, English, Dramaturgy, Renaissance Studies or closely related fields required; PhD preferred. Equivalent professional experience in related fields will be considered.

3. Administrative experience coordinating activities at a programmatic or department level in an academic setting and/or professional setting such as an arts organization or a theatre company is highly desired. Experience managing budgets in organizational settings desired.

4. A record of three to five years of successful teaching in a university setting or an education department of a producing theatre company or arts organization is expected.

5. Experience securing external funding in support of programmatic activity is desired.

6. In accordance with Utah State Code 53A-3-410, appointment to this position is contingent upon the successful passing of a background check.

Applicants must apply online at or use the direct link at Individuals are asked to attach, electronically, the following required documents: a cover letter, resume/CV, a statement of philosophy (no more than 3 pages) about the role of Shakespeare Studies on the 21st Century campus, copies of unofficial transcripts, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.

First consideration of applications will begin March 25, 2011; the position will remain open until filled. If you have questions or problems with the application process, please contact the Human Resources Office at or 435-586-7754.
Southern Utah University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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