Department Head/Producing Artistic Director, Fall 2022


The Department of Theatre at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) invites applications for the position of Department Head and Producing Artistic Director of the Clarence Brown Theatre. The successful applicant will be appointed at the rank of Full Professor. The anticipated start date for this position is August 1, 2022.

The Department Head/Producing Artistic Director is the chief academic and artistic leader of the department and balances a complex set of administrative responsibilities. In addition to directing financials and budgeting, personnel matters such as faculty retention and promotion, curriculum management, academic and artistic spaces, and recruitment, this person will spearhead strategic vision and mission through artistic direction of the Clarence Brown Theatre (CBT). The CBT is a League of Resident Theatres member (LORT D) and a member of the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA). The Department of Theatre offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with optional concentrations in Honors, Acting, and Design and Technology, and its nationally ranked top-tier graduate program offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre with concentrations in Acting, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, and Sound and Media Design. The Department of Theatre and the CBT are fully integrated in all aspects of mission and function. We believe that the best way for students to learn the art of theatre is to study in the studio and then to practice alongside first-rate professionals. This dual mission informs everything we do. As such, this individual will collaborate daily with diverse stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, guest artists, alumni, donors, board members, volunteers, community leaders, and college and university administration.

Knoxville and East Tennessee boast incredible natural beauty. The CBT is a pillar of a vibrant and robust art and culture community and source of pride and economic vitality in the region.

UTK is the state’s flagship, land-grant university. We are a Research 1 university, housing 11 colleges and 900+ programs of study. With an enrollment of 30,000 students, its undergraduate and graduate programs are repeatedly ranked among top national programs.


The ideal candidate will be a team player with a forward-facing mindset and an eye toward emerging trends. They will possess an equally steadfast commitment to the Department’s dual mission, student-centeredness, and role in the Knoxville community and East Tennessee region. This position requires an approachable and open-minded leader who is at ease working in a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds.

We are seeking a vibrant leader of 21st-century theatre. The successful candidate will be an energetic, creative, and flexible individual with the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; accountability and forthright communication; and teamwork and collaboration.

We desire a leader who will continue to enhance and increase our exchange with and engagement of members of under-represented populations while incorporating diverse perspectives in their classroom and artistic programming. We seek a leader who manifests in their existing and future research, teaching, and service their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The desirable candidate’s research and creative activity agendas might include: Latinx theatre/drama; African American theatre/drama; disability studies; community-based theatre; applied theatre; or comparable fields.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

The CBT is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. We invite and encourage applications from women and minority candidates.