Ronald 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
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).