[Theaterfacultystaff] Merger Issue for your thoughts

Condee, William condee at ohio.edu
Wed Jun 19 14:36:52 EDT 2013

Dear Colleagues,

Thanks, Michael, for sharing this. First, I am not sure it matters all that much, and I think it is an inevitable result of combined schools. Second, I am not so sure that department or division are that bad. Is the concern that "department" is too academic? Is the concern that "division" is too minimized? It would be interesting to do searches for both of these terms and see how we compare.

The reason I think it doesn't matter that much is that our identity, I think, is more determined by our history, our faculty, and our alumni than it is by our prefix.

Having said that, two other suggestions:

1.   What about just "Theater"? (minus the question mark; or perhaps Theater!) How does division/department/segment help? Unorthodox, but as good as Brazil.

2.   If this matters, the way that it matters is in external communication. What if the "School of Theater" makes a little mistake, and forgets to update its brochures, website, etc.?

For what it's worth on a rainy day,


From: theaterfacultystaff-bounces at listserv.ohio.edu [mailto:theaterfacultystaff-bounces at listserv.ohio.edu] On Behalf Of Lincoln, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 1:51 PM
To: theaterfacultystaff at listserv.ohio.edu
Subject: [Theaterfacultystaff] Merger Issue for your thoughts

Dear Faculty and Staff,
Madeleine just related to me that we have an eleventh hour issue of acceptable naming related to the merger, which must be solved by July 1. The Board of Trustees approved the name The School of Dance Film and Theater. The Provost will not entertain revisiting that name change with the Trustees, even to add an S and call it "Schools of..." She also feels it is organizationally unacceptable to call ourselves School of Theater within another school. When it was explained that we were promised that we could keep the name School in our individual titles, she asked for the "functional objections" to alternative naming of the individual schools. So, first question: what do we lose if we can no longer call ourselves the School of Theater? If we lose that battle (and it seems highly likely that we will) second question: what is an acceptable substitute to the name school? No one particularly likes "department" but that is the most logical and better than division. The synonyms given by Microsoft Word are section, subdivision, division, branch, sector, unit, responsibility, area, realm. The Theater Unit? The Theater Realm? The Realm of Theater? The Brazilian version of department would be Departamento. That would be exotic. There is no Appalachian translation. I'm being facetious to a serious question because I have no better answer than Department. Please let me know your thoughts.

Michael Lincoln
Interim Director
Ohio University School of Theater
740 593-4818 (o)
917 301-5173 (c)

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