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Theatre Professional Named Dean Of Fine Arts, Mass Communication

April 27, 2011
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May

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Roberta Sloan

Roberta Sloan, a director, actress, teacher and administrator at Temple University in Pennsylvania, has been named dean of the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication at Sam Houston State University, effective Aug. 1.

Currently the Temple University Faculty Arts Fellow and chair of the Commission on the Arts, Sloan served as the chair of the department of theater and executive producer of Temple Theaters from 2006 to 2010.

Under her direction, the theatre department grew in both enrollment and credit hour production. Many students won regional and national awards, successfully entered the entertainment industries and were accepted to prestigious graduate schools nationwide.

“We are very pleased to have found such a gifted and experienced new dean,” said SHSU Provost David Payne. “We believe that she will provide strong and creative leadership for the new college and fit well into the wonderful culture that characterizes Sam Houston State.”

From 2004 to 2006, Sloan was professor and chair of the department of theatre and artistic director of the University of Central Florida Conservatory Theatre. She was also the executive producer of The Orlando Repertory Theater.

She was professor and chair of the department of theatre, dance and media arts at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she also served as chair of theatre arts and was an assistant and associate professor of communications.

She was also the founder and CEO of a full-service advertising agency specializing in broadcast and public relations activities for Oklahoma-based clients from 1988 to 2004.

Sloan has been active with the National Association of Schools of Theatre, serving as an accreditation and reaccreditation evaluator and chair of the nominating committee.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in drama education from Northwestern University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. She is also a certified Fitzmaurice Voicework Associate Teacher.

Sloan has directed and acted in over 200 productions including Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival award-winning productions.

She has conducted on-site theatre research in Asia, South America, Europe and Australia and has sailed around the world twice as a professor with the Semester At Sea program.

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