Fuller Named Associate Dean for Rider University’s School of Fine and Performing Arts

Augustana today announced that Dr. Ivan Fuller, professor of theatre and chair of the Performing and Visual Arts Department, has been named Associate Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. In his new role, Fuller will also serve as Chair of Rider’s Department of Theater, Music Theater and Dance.

“Augustana has long been considered to be ‘at the heart of the arts’ in Sioux Falls, a distinction that continued under the advocacy of Dr. Fuller,” said Rob Oliver, president of the College. “Because of his work, both on paper and from the stage, our students and members of the broader community have had a chance to go back in time, visit other countries and learn about other cultures. He is, indeed, one of our region’s most powerful champions for the Arts. On behalf of the College, we thank him for all of his efforts and we wish him all the best in his new position.”

Fuller joined Augustana in 1989. Throughout his tenure, he worked as an award-winning playwright, poet, actor, and director, in addition to teaching. An expert in Russian culture, he directed numerous study abroad courses to the former Soviet Union for students and most recently, he served as playwright-in-residence for Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius, Lithuania. While in Russia, he conducted research to complete his “Siege Cycle,” a collection of plays inspired by the nearly 900-day-long Nazi siege of Leningrad during WWII.

Fuller earned his bachelor’s degree from Butler University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in theatre from Bowling Green State University. He is the founder and owner of the Bare Bodkins Theater Company, an organization that produces Shakespeare in Sioux Falls during the summer.

“I feel richly blessed to have grown as an educator, artist and person during my years at Augustana. In many ways I feel that I have grown up here, so moving on is something of a graduation into the world Augie has prepared me to enter,” said Fuller. “I leave with the belief that this wonderful place will continue to nurture the arts in our community so that life-sustaining enrichment will flourish here like never before.”

A search for Fuller’s successor will begin in the fall.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations