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Rhoda-Gail Pollack, Emeritus Dean of Arts, University of Kentucky

Rhoda-Gale Pollack received her:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Theatre) from Carnegie-Mellon University
  • Master of Arts (Theatre) from San Francisco State University
  • Ph.D. (Theatre) from Standford University

She taught in Theatre departments at the University of California-Berkeley, Mills College, San Francisco State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Rhoda-Gale has served as:

  • founding Coordinator of Dramatic Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • Chairman of the Fine Arts Division (1980-1986) at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • Dean, College of Fine Arts at Wichita State University (1986-1992)
  • Dean, College of Fine Arts at the University of Kentucky (1992-1998)
  • member of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) since 1984
  •  President-Elect of the ICFAD Board (1991-1992)
  • President of the ICFAD Board (1992-1994)
  • Past President of the ICFAD Board (1994-1995).
  • board member for numerous local, state, and national arts organizations

Pollack's publications include scholarly articles and books:

  • George S. Kaufman, published as a part of Twayne's United States Authors Series (1988)
  • A Sampler of Plays by Women (1990).

She continues to work as a theatre director and/or costume designer with approximately eighty professional productions. Pollack resumed her career as a Professor (August 1998) in the Department of Theatre at the University of Kentucky where she teaches undergraduate courses in theatre history and directing. She also teaches graduate seminars with titles such as American Theatre 1990 to Present Day, American Theatre 1960's, and Graduate Directing. She serves the Department of Theatre as the Director of Graduate Studies and recently collaborated with another faculty member to author a proposal for a Ph.D. degree in Theatre Practice for the University of Kentucky.

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