Theatre Arts - Chairperson

Bradley University seeks a dynamic and imaginative chairperson to continue leading the Department of Theatre Arts toward further nationally recognized levels of educational excellence artistic collaboration.

The Chairperson is the chief administrative officer of the Department and reports directly to the Dean. The successful Chairperson will be:

  • a leader who, based on consensus with the faculty, will evaluate, cultivate, and articulate a vision for the department, communication with alumni, and administrators;
  • an excellent teacher with a record of achievement in university-level instruction and in scholarly research and publication and/or creative production;
  • an aggressive collaborator who will create dynamic partnerships with other units in the college and across the university and with community organizations, other educational institutions, professional theatres, and commercial and not-for-profit enterprises;
  • a person of vision and wisdom knowledgeable of and conversant with the state of affairs and the state of the art in higher education in the region, in the nation, and worldwide;
  • an administrator with significant experience and skills in personnel matters, budget management, fund raising, timely decision making, public relations and marketing, recruitment and retention of students and faculty, and delegation of responsibilities. The Chairperson will also be a mentor to guide students to appropriate academic and career paths and to facilitate and promote the professional development of faculty.

The Department

The Department of Theatre Arts is part of the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts that consists of the Departments of Art, Communication, Interactive Media, Music, Theatre Arts, and an interdisciplinary Global Scholars Program. The College enrolls approximately 1,000 students and has a generous endowment, with excellent integrated technology to support teaching and scholarship. The NAST accredited Department of Theatre Arts at Bradley University is an artistic and educational community that values creativity, innovation, and imagination fired by passion, balanced with excellence in craftsmanship, and tempered with discipline and knowledge. Its mission is to educate theatre artists and their audiences in the intellectual foundations, global traditions, and creative processes of the art of theatre. The Department of Theatre Arts is committed to being a prominent educational theatre program nationally recognized for our global perspective, our commitment to excellence in artistic expression and scholarship, and for providing a multifaceted educational experience within a nurturing, student-focused environment. The Department is well supported and enjoys the reputation of creating dynamic and innovative works of theatre with significant accomplishments in the area of intermedial performance.

The Department of Theatre Arts consists of 65 majors, six full-time faculty, three staff members, plus visiting artists and teachers. The Iben Endowed Lectureship generously supports visiting professionals throughout the year. Housed in the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts, the Department of Theatre Arts produces a mainstage subscription series as well as a laboratory theatre season, which are well attended and supported by the university and civic communities.

Representative Outside Resources

Facilities/organizations which have been leveraged, and/or may be leveraged by the Department of Theatre Arts include the new high technology InterMedia Center and the internationally renowned Caterpillar Global Communications Center, a multimillion dollar state- of-the-art facility that includes high-end intermedia computer labs, a videoconference center, digital audio and video editing bays, and multimedia-equipped and videoconference-enabled classrooms. This Center is the home to the Department of Interactive Media, which has partnered with the Department of Theatre Arts in many recent projects. The new Markin Family Student Recreation Center has fully equipped dance studios with sprung wood floors, high-end sound systems, and mirrors. The Turner Center for Entrepreneurship, a not-for-profit program located at Bradley, assists existing businesses and students who are creating start-ups in generating a plan that minimizes risk and takes advantage of opportunities. OTEFD, the Office of Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development has been instrumental in funding many Department projects including our recent “Tempest in London,” a two week study abroad for the cast of the Tempest (2012) which included workshops and rehearsals..

The Position

Duties include managing the Department budget and facilities; producing the University Theatre season, administering faculty retention, promotion, and tenure procedures; participating in strategic planning as part of the Dean's Executive Committee; working with internal and external constituencies to enhance active support; friend and fund raising; improving academic programs; overseeing the marketing of programs and productions, and recruiting and retaining excellent faculty, students, and staff. The Chairperson is a member of the faculty and has release time for administrative duties. Evidence of successful grant writing is highly desirable. An appropriate terminal degree and qualifications for appointment at the rank of tenured full professor are required.


Salary and benefits are competitive. Appointment is for nine months with the expectation that the successful candidate will take on summer duties with additional compensation.

Application Procedure

Send a letter of interest stating teaching, leadership, and artistic philosophy; curriculum vitae; and the names, titles, and contact information of at least three current professional references. Review of applications and nominations begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications for this position should be sent electronically in PDF format to Paul Krainak, Search Committee Chairperson at Employment with Bradley University is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.

Visit Bradley University online at, the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts at, and the Department of Theatre Arts at

Bradley University, highly rated by U.S. News and World Report, is an independent, comprehensive university enrolling 6000 students. Founded in 1897, it is among the finest universities in the Midwest. Bradley combines the advantages of larger research universities with those of smaller liberal arts colleges. Midway between Chicago and St. Louis, Peoria is a metropolitan area of 350,000 people with a very active arts community which hosts many professional arts organizations including two renowned symphony orchestras, ballet, and a Smithsonian-affiliated museum. The Peoria Civic Center houses convention facilities, a sports/concert arena, and a 2,200-seat theatre that hosts Broadway touring productions. Peoria is home to several companies with international operations, major medical facilities, and a regional airport with direct connections to Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Detroit, Minneapolis, Tampa, and Orlando.

Bradley University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty and staff are committed to attracting qualified candidates from underrepresented groups.