Associate Professor Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell, has been appointed to the position of the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Fine Arts, effective July 1, 2016. This is a new position in the college, and emphasizes the importance of faculty research at an R1 University.
As associate dean, Cheek-O’Donnell will be responsible for supporting research activities of the CFA faculty--including facilitating efforts to increase extramural funding. Additionally, Cheek-O’Donnell will continue to provide leadership for the CFA’s burgeoning Arts & Health Initiative.
Cheek-O’Donnell earned a PhD in Theatre History and Dramatic Criticism from the University of Washington’s School of Drama in 2004 and served as the Head of Theatre Studies at the University of Utah since 2005. She is a proud member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and Editor of Review: The Journal of Dramaturgy.
In addition to her duties as associate dean, Cheek-O’Donnell will continue to serve part of her time in the Department of Theatre. In the department, she advises B.A. students and Theatre Minors, and teaches courses on Dramaturgy, Directing, Theatre and Theory, Gender on the Global Stage, Science on Stage, and the History of Theatre.
Please join us in welcoming Associate Dean Cheek-O’Donnell to this significant new role!