Ronald E. Shields, Ph.D.

EC-Photo-Ron_ShieldsRonald E. Shields is Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication at Sam Houston State University.

Prior to joining Sam Houston State University in July 2013, Shields served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) for 17 years, where he was recognized for his leadership, research, creative work, service and teaching.
A graduate of the doctoral program at Louisiana State University, Shields played a key role in building internal and external support for the arts at BGSU, including the opening of a new performing arts center in 2012, the designation of "the arts" as a Center of Excellence at BGSU, and the cultivation of diversity, interdisciplinary programs, as well as expanded curricular offerings.

A performance studies scholar and active theatre director, his research areas include staging baroque opera, the intersections of aesthetics and cultural practices, and performance history and theory. He served as the Editor for Theatre Annual: A Journal of Performance Studies for nine years (2002-2011) and continues to serve on that journal’s editorial board as well as an Associate Editor for NCA’s Text and Performance Quarterly. His recent work as an opera director includes performances of his adaptations of Handel’s Hercules and Acis and Galetea and Telemann’s Don Quixote. His scholarship has appeared in several journals and edited volumes, including most recently a chapter in Visual Rhetoric: A Reader in Communication and American Culture (edited by L. Olson, C. Finnegan, and D. Hope). He was honored to receive the Central States Communication Association Award for Outstanding Performance Studies Scholarship (2004), the Distinguished Service Award from the Theatre Division of NCA (2005), and the Leslie Irene Cogar Award for Distinguished Performance (2006).