CELT Intra-University Visiting Professorship Proposal

Dr. Charles F. Urbanowicz / Professor of Anthropology
California State University, Chico / Chico, California 95929-0400
530-898-6220 [Office]; 530-898-6192 [Dept.]; 530-898-6824 [FAX]
e-mail: curbanowicz@csuchico.edu / home page: http://www.csuchico.edu/~curban

11 February 2002

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I am applying for one of the CELT Intra-University Visiting Professorships for faculty development for fall 2002 and spring 2003. I seek reimbursed time for my department to allow me to (#1) take courses and increase my activities in the Department of Theatre Arts, (#2) improve my skills for the Department of Anthropology, (#3) better serve the university (through my classes, public lectures, and potential future theatrical performances), (#4) and work toward developing a new course dealing with Anthropology and The Theatre.


Born in 1942, I received my Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1972 and began teaching at California State University, Chico, in August 1973. In August 2002 I begin my 30th year at this institution and will have my 60th birthday in September of 2002. I have no idea when I shall retire from CSU, Chico, and anticipate teaching (and being involved in the Theatre) for many years. A "short" résumé is available at http://www.cuschico.edu/~curban (documenting the last two years) but it leads the reviewer(s) to a "complete" résumé of my academic achievement, including being selected as one of five "Master Teachers" of CSU, Chico for the 1997-1999 Academic Years.

With that contextual information in mind, I am seeking the Intra-University Visiting Professorship for faculty development in order to allow me to take courses and increase my activities in the Department of Theatre Arts. The courses I could take (with, of course, faculty permission and space availability) in fall 2002 and spring 2003 will be coordinated with my own Anthropology schedule for 2002-2003. I am scheduled for MWF classes for both fall 2002 and spring 2003 and a discussion with Frank Bayham (Chair, Department of Anthropology) indicates that I would be released from ANTH 103 in fall 2002 and ANTH 13 in spring 2003. With that in mind, a potential THEA course that I could take in fall 2002 could be THEA 61-01, Introduction to Theatre (Tue & Thu, 12:30-1:45), or THEA 95-1, Movement for Actors (Tue & Thu 9->10:50), or THEA 150-01, Gender And The Stage (Tue & Thu 11->12:15). A potential spring 2003 course could be THEA 20, Literature in Performance (Tue & Thu 12:30-1:45), or THEA 60-06, Acting (Tue & Thu 11-12:15), or THEA 160-01, Intermediate Acting I (Tue & Thu, 9-10:50). I know a bit about the theatre but there is so much that I do not know and I wish to learn more in a structured manner.

Since returning to full-time teaching in 1989, after eleven years (1977-1988) as the Associate Dean in the Center for Regional and Continuing Education, my teaching duties for the Department of Anthropology have always included "jumbo" courses. Any insights I get from taking Theatre Arts courses can only be beneficial for our own Anthropology courses. This semester, for example, I have 121 students enrolled in ANTH 13, Human Cultural Diversity and in fall 2001 I had 95 enrollments in the same course. (In fall 1999 I had 118 enrollments and in spring 2000 I had 139 enrollments. In fall 2000 I had 67 enrollments and in spring 2001 I had 97 enrollments.)

I have been involved in theatrical activities in this community since 1996 when I first performed as "Dr. Amos D. Keller" in Randy Wonzong's production of Inherit The Wind (March 12-17). My involvement with Randy continues through this semester, working as dramaturg and performing as "Abraham Kaplan" in Randy's production of Street Scene (March 6-10, 2002). I am currently (2001-2002) the "outside" member of the Personnel Committee in the Department of Theatre Arts and have also served in that capacity in the past (1997-1998); in spring 2002 I may also be a member of the hiring committee for the Department of Theatre Arts. In October 2001 CSU, Chico students selected me for Honorary Membership in the Alpha Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Psi Omega (National Theatre Honor Society). In 1994 I was also selected, by students, for Honorary Membership in the Chico Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, the National Honor Society). A complete listing of my theatrical career to date (in reverse chronological order) follows (with web references indicated):

2002 http://www.csuchico.edu/~curban/StreetScene.html [dramaturg] performing as "Abraham Kaplan" " in Street Scene in the Spring 2002 production, directed by Dr. Randy Wonzong (March 6-10).

2001a http://www.csuchico.edu/~curban/CourtMarkSpecifics.html [A Few Mark Beal Specifics.] For the CSU, Chico Summer 2001 Court Theatre Memories and More (Sixth Annual Benefit Performance, June 10, 2001).

2001b http://www.csuchico.edu/~curban/CourtTheaJune10.html [On Mark A. Beal.] For the CSU, Chico Summer 2001 Court Theatre Memories and More (Sixth Annual Benefit Performance, June 10, 2001).

2001c http://www.csuchico.edu/~curban/bethhenleyinfo.htm (Dramaturg information for the CSU, Chico Spring 2001 production of The Miss Firecracker Contest, Directed by Professor Sue Pate, April 3-8.)

2000a Reprised the role of "Reverend Dr. Harper" (Arsenic and Old Lace) for the CSU, Chico Summer 2000 Court Theatre Potpourri (Fifth Annual Benefit Performance, June 11, 2000).

2000b Dramaturg and performed as "Dr. Gaspard Jadin" & "Sewer Man" in the CSU, Chico Spring 2000 production of Jean Giradoux's The Madwoman of Chaillot (March 7-12), directed by Dr. Sue Pate. Please click here for the makeup design of Dr. Jadin and here for how it was eventually portrayed; and please click here for the rendition of "Sewer Man" and here for how it was eventually portrayed.

2000c http://www.csuchico.edu/~curban/ChaillotWordsMisc.htm (Chaillot Words Miscellaneous for the March 7->12 CSU, Chico Production of The Madwoman of Chaillot)

1999a Performed as "Reverend Dr. Harper" in the Fall 1999 Encore! (Chico Community Production) of Arsenic and Old Lace (November 5-14), directed by Gary Hibbs.

1999b Performed as "Ferapont Spiridonych" in the CSU, Chico Spring 1999 production of Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters, directed by Dr. Sue Pate (March 10-14); please see here for Sandra L. Barton's rendition of Ferapont and how portrayed).

1998 Performed as "Russian Intruder" in See How They Run (one of the CSU, Chico 1998 Summer Court Theatre ensemble productions), directed by Dr. Sue Pate (July 7-11).

1996a Performed as a "waiter" in La Boheme in the CSU, Chico Fall 1996 production, directed by Professor Gwen Curatilo (November 12-17).

1996b Performed as "Dr. Amos D. Keller" in Inherit The Wind in the CSU, Chico Spring 1996 production, directed by Dr. Randy Wonzong (March 12-17).

Other "theatrical activities" directly related to my Anthropology courses (and presentations to the general public) include the following "Darwin" items (available on the World Wide Web):

2001 http://rce.csuchico.edu/rv/Darwin/Darwin3.ram [Charles Darwin: - Part Two: The Voyage (2001). ~Twenty-two Minutes. Darwin from South America, through the Galápagos Islands, and back to England.] Edited by Ms. Vilma Hernandez and Produced by Ms. Donna Crowe: Instructional Media Center, CSU, Chico. Available via the Internet with REAL PLAYER [http://www.real.com/player/index.html.

1999 http://rce.csuchico.edu/rv/Darwin/DarwinVoyage.ram [Charles Darwin: - Part One: The Voyage (1999). ~Twenty-two Minutes. Darwin sailing from England to South America.] Produced and Edited by Ms. Donna Crowe: Instructional Media Center, CSU, Chico. Available via the Internet with REAL PLAYER [http://www.real.com/player/index.html.

1997 http://www.rce.csuchico.edu/rv/Darwin/DarwinReflections.ram [Charles Darwin: Reflections - Part One: The Beginning (1997). ~Seventeen Minutes. Darwin in England]. Produced and Edited by Ms. Donna Crowe: Instructional Media Center, CSU, Chico. Available via the Internet with REAL PLAYER [http://www.real.com/player/index.html.


Having the release time in fall 2002 and spring 2003 will allow me to take certain THEA courses and improve my teaching skills for our students. Twenty-eight years ago, in fall 1974, in anticipation of doing some research in China I sat in on First-Semester Chinese (taught by Mr. William Pang); after seven weeks I dropped the course because of time constraints and my own Anthropology courses. The CELT Intra-University Visiting Professorship and would provide the time to: (#1) enhance my own teaching skills for future Anthropology classes (and any additional "Darwin" video/WebCT productions), (#2) provide me with greater background and depth for current and potential future theatrical activities, (#3) allow me to participate with "guest dramaturg" lectures in the classes I am taking (if the faculty teaching the courses so wish), and (#4) and work toward developing a new course dealing with Anthropology and The Theatre. If Theatre Arts faculty wish I could also possibly serve as dramaturg for one or more THEA productions in the 2002-2003 Academic year (including dramaturg for Court Theatre in summer 2003).


A report, summarizing and evaluating the yearlong faculty development, will be prepared for the Office of the Provost (and both College Deans and both Department Chairs) by June 30, 2003. A submission will be made to CELT on the 2002-2003 Intra-University Visiting Professorship project, for consideration for presentation at the Ninth Annual CELT Conference in fall 2003. Any dramaturg activities for the Department of Theatre Arts will be available on the World Wide Web for future reference.


This proposal seeks .20 WTU for fall 2002 and .20 WTU for spring 2003.


Letters have been requested from Frank Bayham, Chair (Department of Anthropology), Jeanne Thomas, Dean (College of Behavioral and Social Sciences), Sarah Blackstone, Dean (College of Humanities and Fine Arts), William Johnson, Chair (Department of Theatre Arts), Sue Pate (Department of Theatre Arts), Randy Wonzong (Department of Theatre Arts), Gail Holbrook (Department of Theatre Arts), and Kathy Fernandes (Academic Technologies). All eight individuals been asked to send their letters of endorsement directly to Dr. Marilyn Winzenz, CELT Director, Office of the Provost, no later than February 22, 2002.

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11 February 2002

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