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Useful Information


University of Iowa Resources and Student Services
Commencement
Internship/Employment Resources
Mailboxes
No Shame Theatre
Ombudsperson
Recycling/Building Maintenance
Theatre Building Room Request
Alcohol and Drug Policy
Theatre Opportunities in Iowa City
Academic Advising/ Registration
Special Permission
Independent Study
Honors in Theatre Arts
Absence Policy for all Teaching Assistants
Who Does What in the Main Office of Theatre Arts?


All Students:

Commencement

The Department of Theatre Arts holds its own commencement ceremony on the final Saturday of the spring term. This occurs on the same day as the ceremonies for CLAS and the Graduate College; however, students are able to attend both ceremonies if they so choose. Students graduating in the spring semester, or at the end of the summer or fall terms, are invited to participate. The ceremony includes speeches by faculty and members of the graduating class, a slide show and a reception immediately following in the Theatre Department lobby. Friends and families are encouraged to attend. University Commencement Information

Internship/Employment Resources

The Department subscribes to ArtSearch, an online search engine of job opportunities internships, and apprenticeships in the arts. Log-in information can be obtained in the main office.  Additionally, career opportunities can be found posted online on the Callboard, posted on the North hallway bulletin board and emailed out on the department listserv.  Backstage and American Theatre Magazine are also available for check-out in the main office.

Mailboxes

All faculty and staff have mailboxes located in the main office. Generally, visiting faculty and guests of the department will also have a designated mailbox. Graduate student mailboxes are located just inside the north entrance to the student lounge.

No Shame Theatre

No Shame Theatre is an independent student organization loosely associated with Theatre Arts. Normally, anyone may present work if they arrive in advance of the performance with original material no longer than five minutes in length. More About No Shame Theatre

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Ombudsperson

The Office of the Ombudsperson exists to deal with issues arising from grievance procedures, access to facilities, grading practices, disputes about fees, disciplinary matters, discrimination, sexual harassment, job conflicts, salary questions, academic disputes, faculty evaluation, staff benefits, campus housing, health and safety concerns, and any other issue that is of concern to University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students.

The Ombudsperson's mission is to ensure that all members of the University community receive fair and equitable treatment within the University system. The Office of the Ombudsperson serves as a prompt, impartial and confidential means of facilitating dialogue between any opposing parties on campus. The Ombudsperson has no power to order changes in rules, regulations, policies, procedures, or the behavior of others. The Ombudsperson can often, however, provide an effective route in solving problems.

The Office of the Ombudsperson is located in C108 Seashore Hall; Email; phone: 319.335.3608.

Recycling/Building Maintenance

Students may use the large green bins to recycle the following material:  Cardboard boxes; magazines, catalogs and phone books; newspaper, inserts, office and school papers; paperboard, chipboard and brown paper bags; plastic containers #1-7; and alumni and steel cans, foil and pie tins.  Students should refer to the Facilities Specialist in the main office for a complete list of acceptable products. 

Any facilities problems in the building should be reported to the Facilities Specialist in the main office as soon as problems are identified.

Theatre Building Room Request

The use of all rooms in the Theatre Building is scheduled through the Theatre Office. If you wish to request a room for rehearsals, the deadline is Friday at noon for the following week. The week is considered Monday through Sunday. Schedules will be posted by 5pm on Friday. 

If there are any questions, contact theatre-scheduler@uiowa.edu.

Request a Room

Link to the posted weekly schedules

Alcohol and Drug Policy

The Department recognizes and supports the University policy banning the possession or use of alcohol or drugs in University buildings, except in the case of alcohol publicly available at officially-sponsored University functions. The Department specifically prohibits the use of alcohol or drugs in class, rehearsals, or performances. The safety of others and the integrity of the work process must be respected. Anyone found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol to the extent that his or her performance is impaired or adversely affects the performance of others will be asked to leave the premises and, if necessary, the Department of Public Safety will be called. In the case of academic classes, it is the instructor's responsibility to determine evidence of impairment. In the case of rehearsal or performance, it is the responsibility of the stage manager, assistant stage manager, director, or crew chief involved.

Link to the University policy.

Theatre Opportunities in Iowa City

Iowa City, and the surrounding area, has a number of professional and community theatres.  Students are welcome and encouraged to audition or volunteer.
Iowa Theatre Blog 
Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance

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Undergraduate Students:

Academic Advising/ Registration

All students are assigned a faculty member to serve as an academic advisor. While each student is ultimately responsible for tracking her/his progress through the major, the academic advisor is meant to serve as a guide through the registration process. Students must meet with an assigned advisor prior to registration. Your advisor will review your schedule and degree progress, and authorize your registration. You may register at the assigned time (found on ISIS) or at any point after that. All attempts are made to assign students to a faculty member in the student’s area of interest. However if you would like to change your academic advisor, see the Academic Coordinator in the main office.

Special Permission

Many courses are “restricted to majors” or “restricted to all students.” Students wishing to take these courses must obtain special permission through the Theatre main office. Forms are made available in the Theatre office on approximately November 1st for spring registration and April 1st for fall registration. Students should make every effort to submit these forms as soon as possible; many courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Independent Study

Students in good standing may approach a faculty member to supervise a course of independent study. Typically, permission is given only if the student offers compelling reasons for taking the course and if no similar course is already offered.  The student and instructor should have a clear agreement on the required assignments and responsibilities for the successful completion of the independent study. The Independent Study Contract must be on file in the office before the semester begins.

Honors in Theatre Arts

In order to complete a BA degree with Honors in Theatre Arts, students must complete all requirements for the University Honors Program, complete at least nine semester hours of Honors courses in the Theatre Arts and complete their degree program with a cumulative 3.33 GPA in Theatre courses. Students planning to complete the Honors Program are encouraged to indicate this intention to the department honors advisor, Meredith Alexander.

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Graduate Students:

Absence Policy for all Teaching Assistants

When you contract to teach at the university, the spirit of the agreement is that you will honor all of your employment-related obligations, including meeting all of your scheduled classes or discussion sections, attending any lectures and exam periods connected with the course for which you are leading a discussion section, and attending mandatory TA meetings. The spirit of the agreement also commits you to being prepared and on time for these obligations. Along with teaching course content, you are also modeling appropriate, professional conduct in the learning environment. Thus, it is understood that absence from an employment-related obligation occurs very rarely, if at all, and certainly no more than once or twice in an academic year. When an absence occurs, two key principles apply: 1) it must be formally reported; 2) arrangements must be made so that the class material is covered for the students.

The Department of Theatre Arts requires that you adhere to the following procedures:

  • Unless the situation involves sudden illness or emergency, it is expected that you will consult with your course supervisor to obtain approval well in advance of the absence.
  • Arrange for another qualified TA or faculty member to cover your class. Individual supervisors will clarify any special procedures for substitutions. If this is not possible, you need some other means to cover the material for all of your students, such as make-up sessions.
  • In case of illness or emergency, try to contact another TA to cover the class if at all possible. Notify the Main Office (319.335.2700) and your course supervisor as soon as possible of the situation.  Let the Main Office know whether someone else is covering for you or if a class cancellation notice should be posted on the classroom door.
  • Submit a completed "Graduate Instructor Absence Form" to the Main Office. Prior to submission, you must obtain the signatures of your course supervisor and the substitute instructor. Download form. You will receive a copy and the original will be placed in your employment file.

Please note that, according to the University of Iowa Operations Manual (III, 22.3), "An absence due to a medically-related disability, emergency, funeral, service as a pall bearer, adoption, and/or on-the-job-injury is a sick leave absence and may be charged against an employee's accrued sick leave credits." Failure to report an absence can result in disciplinary action.

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Who Does What in the Main Office of Theatre Arts?

Administrative Services Coordinator
theatre@uiowa.edu
319.335.2700

  • Graduate admissions
  • Graduate teaching appointments
  • Prospective and undergraduate scholarships
  • Academic advising
  • Transcripts and change of grade questions
  • Special permission for majors and minors
  • Listserv announcements

Katie McClellen
Scheduling & Facilities Specialist
katie-mcclellen@uiowa.edu
319.335.0078

  • Purchases for non-mainstage productions
  • Equipment needs for the department (including AV equipment)
  • Room scheduling
  • Royalty and script agreements
  • Rental inquiries
  • Keys and access to the building

Do not hesitate to approach us if you aren’t sure who to go to or if one of us is out of the office. We are always here to help!