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Update 3: COFAC Dean Interviews

April 11, 2012


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MACOMB, IL -- Three candidates will interview for the position of dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication for Western Illinois University, according to Susan Martinelli-Fernandez, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the search committee. Sharon Evans, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Western Illinois University, has served as interim dean since July 1 following the departure of Paul Kreider.

Candidates include William Clow, dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Montevallo (AL); Carol Richardson, former dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, and professor of music at California State Polytechnic University (Pomona); and Jeffery Elwell, former provost and professor of dramatic arts at Auburn University at Montgomery.

Clow interviewed April 9-10.

Clow has served as the dean and a professor at Montevallo since 2009. Previously, he was the interim associate dean of the College of Liberal Studies and director of the School of Arts and Communication (2007-2009) and chair of the department of theatre arts (1999-2007) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL), as well as a professor. He also served as managing artistic director of UWL SummerStage (2000-2007) and scenic and lighting designer, scenic artist and properties designer at UWL (1996-2007). Clow has worked as the head of production design area and production coordinator (1991-1996), Summer Dance Program production coordinator (1992-1996), production manager (1992-1996) and technical director/lighting designer (1989-1991) at Stephens College.

He received his MFA from Illinois State University (1989) and his bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri (1985).

Richardson will interview Wednesday and Thursday, April 11-12. Open sessions will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. April 12 in the Browne Hall Hainline Theatre on the WIU-Macomb campus and from 3-4 p.m. April 112 in Room 103 at the WIU-Quad Cities Riverfront campus.

Richardson served as the dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, and professor of music at California State Polytechnic University from January 2009 to July 2011. Prior to that appointment, she was the chair of the music education department in the School of Music at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1998-2004). Richardson also was the director of summer programs for the School of Music, Theatre and Dance (1998-2004), was an associate professor (1997-2004) and professor (2004-2009) at Michigan. Before joining the University of Michigan faculty, she was a lecturer in music education at the University of South Wales, Sydney (1994-1997), an assistant professor at Northwestern University (1989-1994) and an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1988-1989).

She received her doctor of education in music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1988), her master's degree from Northwestern (1981) and her bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University (1975).

Elwell will interview Wednesday and Thursday, April 18-19. Open sessions will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. April 18 in Room 103 at the WIU-Quad Cities Riverfront campus and from 2:30-3:30 p.m. April 19 in the Browne Hall Hainline Theatre on the WIU-Macomb campus.

Elwell served as provost and professor of dramatic arts at Auburn University from June 2010-October 2011. Previously, he was the dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication and a professor of theatre and dance at East Carolina University (2004-2010). Elwell was chair of the department of theatre of arts at the University of Nebraska, and served as chair of the department of theatre, a professor and the director of the Edwards Performing Arts Center at Marshall University (1996-1999). He was the director of theatre (1990-1996), professor (1995-1996) and associate professor (1989-1995) at Mississippi State University; and was the chair of the theatre department and assistant professor of theatre at Aurora University (1987-1989). Elwell has also been the director of theatre and assistant professor of theatre at Gardner-Webb University (1985-1987).

He received his Ph.D. in speech communication/theatre from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (1986), his master's degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (1982) and his bachelor's from California State University-Bakersfield (1979).

Complete candidate interview schedules and vitas are available at wiu.edu/employment.

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