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School of Theatre and Dance

By-laws

Position/Committee Description
SoTaD Mission Statement
The schools mission is to educate and train students in
the arts of theatre and dance, to conduct original
research, and to present challenging productions for the
university and Tampa Bay communities.
Director: Duties and Responsibilities include;
The responsibilities listed in the Academic Director
Duties document approved by the Directors Council,
10/15/03, and reviewed in spring 2005.
The areas listed are: Instruction related activities;
University, College, and Unit Governance, Faculty, Staff
and Students; Administrative; Development; Marketing;
PR; Outreach; Budget; and, Facilities.
The Director shall serve as an advocate for Faculty,
Staff and Students and work to address the needs and
concerns of the School.
The Director shall seek the advice and consent of the
faculty on the hiring of adjuncts, visiting artists and staff;
assignment of curricular and production responsibilities;
and allocation of budget and other resources.
Non-tenured faculty shall receive an annual review from
the Director based on an annual class visitation. Non-
tenured faculty shall submit an annual self narrative
Assistant Directors: Appointed by the Director from Dance and Theatre
Duties and Responsibilities include:
Organizational liaison between the Director and Faculty,
Staff and Students
Oversee school scholarships
Course scheduling
Signatory for the Director as assigned
Special projects as assigned
Position/Committee Description
Faculty: Voting member composition:
Permanent Full time Faculty (tenure-earning and non-
tenure earning)
Non-voting members: Adjunct faculty, F/T visiting
Artists/Faculty.
All Faculty members who have 1.00 FTE will attend
faculty meetings of their specific unit and of the SoTaD.
Adjunct faculty members and visiting artist faculty may
also request or be requested to attend on occasion.
Faculty meetings of SoTaD will take place once a month
and the individual units of theater and dance will meet
once a month or more, when necessary.
Functions of Faculty meetings:
The function of the faculty meetings is to discuss and
decide with the Director all matters pertaining to the
purpose and function of the academic unit. These
matters include but are not limited to: curriculum,
scholarship money, direction and the strategic goals of
the unit, student progress, student disciplinary problems,
budget allocations, tenure and promotion (tenured
Faculty only), performance seasons, hiring of adjuncts,
hiring of visiting artists and visiting professors,
scheduling of courses and selection of professors for
each course.
SOTAD Advisory: Member composition: This committee shall consist of
(1) member from each unit area (Theatre Studies,
Performance, Design, Ballet Studies, Modern Dance
Studies, Other Dance Studies)
Advise the Director on departmental issues Including
Tenure and Promotion review, budgetary allocations,
Faculty, Staff and Student Grievances, Departmental
goals and mission, Student enrollment and recruitment.
Develop and maintain the mission of the School of
Theatre and Dance.
Collect information for the evaluation of the Director.
This information shall consist of a self-narrative from the
Director and feedback from faculty in each area within
the School. The School Advisory committee shall
forward these comments to the Dean of CVPA. This
activity shall happen each spring semester.
Position/Committee Description
Tenure and Member composition: Tenured faculty from Theatre and
Promotion : Dance
Annually the T&P committee will prepare a narrative
statement of the progress that tenure-earning faculty
members are making. It will also include suggestions
that will help the candidate successfully receive tenure
The committee will evaluate the Third Year Review
packets prepared by the non-tenured faculty and write
statements for the College T&P Committee
After review of the T&P packet of materials necessary
for evaluation for tenure and promotion, the T&P
committee will discuss, vote, and write a summary to be
included in the tenure packet.
A tenured faculty member may be asked to mentor
junior faculty non-tenured earning faculty member.
Curriculum: Member composition: The members of the committee
will include two Theatre faculty and two Dance faculty,
with the Assistant Director and the academic advisor of
each program serving ex officio.
The Curriculum Committee initiates, reviews and
approves new course proposals, and other matters that
affect the curricula of the School of Theatre and Dance.
Matters approved by the committee will go before the
faculty as a whole for final school approval. When
necessary, issues approved by the School will go to the
college Curriculum committee for review.
In addition, the School of Theatre and Dance Curriculum
Committee will assess on a continuing basis all theatre
and dance courses included in the University's Core
Curriculum (including Exit Courses) to ensure that they
achieve the outcomes and objectives as approved by
The General Education Council.
Position/Committee Description
Recruitment Member composition: The SoTaD Recruitment
Committee: Committee will be comprised of two full time Theatre
and one full time Dance faculty and the academic
advisor for the School.
The SoTaD Recruitment Committee will meet once a
month to discuss issues pertaining to recruitment and
retention at USF
The SoTaD Recruitment Committee will create an
annual recruitment plan and coordinate recruitment
activities with other faculty members in the School of
Theatre and Dance
The SoTaD Recruitment Committee will participate in
recruitment efforts and will report outcomes of the
recruitment efforts at faculty meetings
The SoTaD Recruitment Committee will be in charge of
coordinating a recruitment budget with the Director of
the School of Theatre and Dance
PI/STP Appeals Member composition: Each theatre area shall elect a
Committee representative to advise the academic advisor on the
approval of appeals and waivers. These representatives
will meet separately.
Search Member composition: The committee should follow
Committees: University and CVPA guidelines for committee structure.
The core of the committee should be well represented
by the unit and/or area for which the search is designed
to fulfill.
Season Selection: Member Composition: The committee will consist of two
dance faculty and three theatre faculty (one from each
area of theatre). The committee as a whole will
determine the structure of the performance calendar;
subcommittees from each program will decide their
performance and production needs.
Advise the Director on all matters regarding the
selection of the Schools performance season.
Advise the Director on the Performance structure that
will meet the goals and mission of the School.
Advise the Director on recommendations concerning the
facilities calendar for the College.
Units Areas: Areas shall meet to discuss items of procedure pertinent
to its area.
Theatre: Design and Production, Theatre Performance
Theatre Studies,
Dance: Dance Studies, Dance Performance
Position/Committee Description
Degree Programs: BA. Theatre Arts
BFA. Theatre Design Concentration
BA. Dance Studies
Minor: in Theatre
BFA in Dance (Ballet or Modern Concentration)
Minor in Dance