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Gene Gibbons, PhD

Associate Professor, Theatre

On sabbatical 2013-2014

Gene Gibbons, PhD
Office: S-GM 500.45  
Guy-De Maisonneuve Building,
1550 De Maisonneuve W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2293


  • PhD Theory and Policy Studies, University of Toronto, in progress
  • MFA Scenography, Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana), 1985
  • Scenography Internship, Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) 1979
  • MA Drama, West Virginia University (Morgantown, W.Va.), 1978
  • BFA Production Design, Ohio University (Athens, Ohio), 1976
  • MBA coursework in Non Profit Administration, Concordia University (Montreal), 1994-96

Professional theatre experience

Gene became legally permitted to design in Canada in 1986. After this point, and before he became a full-time administrator, Gene worked on approximately four professional productions per year in Toronto, Montrealand Atlantic Canada.

Administrative appointments

  • Chair, Department of Theatre, 2002-05
  • Associate Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Appraisals, Planning & Resource Management, 1996-98.
  • Associate Dean, Faculty Fine Arts, Physical Resources & Development, 1994-96.

Professional Consultancy

  • Senior Planning Consultant, to Concordia's Provost, June 1995-96.
  • Toronto Major Gifts Volunteer Coordinator, Concordia Capital Campaign, Spring 1998.
  • University employment

  • Concordia University, Tenured Faculty and Administration, 1984 to present
  • Dalhousie University, California State University North Ridge,Hope College, Arizona State University, Sabbatical ReplacementPositions 1979-83
  • Ohio University, 1979-81 and Purdue University, 1984 Summer Faculty Positions.
  • Professional affiliations

    ADC Associated Designers of Canada: (equivalent to the United Scenic Artists)

  • Member since 1985. Served as member of the Board of Directors 1986-89.
  • Also served as a founding board member and secretary of Communication ADC, the non profit wing of the ADC.
  • CIRPA (the Canadian Institutional Research and Planning Association)
    CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education)
    USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology)
  • Member since 1977. Between 1979 and 1982, served as Commissioner for Liaison with the Artists. Gene has also served as Secretary of the Publications Committee.

  • Canadian Committee for Public Education (founding member)

    Community service

  • Institutional Planning Group for the Centraid Campaign (United Way), Montreal, 1995-98
  • Canvasser for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Fund, Toronto, 1996-97
  • Parent volunteer, Scouts Canada
  • Scouter, BSA

  • Research activities

    Other funded research

    F.R.D.P. Gender Pay Equity, Under the Professional Association Of Canadian Theatres (PACT) - Associated Designers of Canada (ADC) Collective Agreement, 1991 - present.

    C.A.S.A. "Book of Dreams," by Barbara Lewis and Nick Regish, Digital Recording and Compact Disc. 1992 - 93, grant writer and Executive Producer.

    British Council Travel Grant: Arts Administration - "Public Policy and Funding for the Arts in England," Meetings with the Arts Councils of England, London, York - Humberside, Leicester County and the Association of Regional Arts Boards. Included in the project were the Policy Studies Institute and London Institute for the Fine Arts. Summer 1994


    Recent scholar papers

    As part of his PhD program, Gene has written the following academic papers:

    Developing Policy for "At-risk" Student in Appalachia within the Ohio Board of Regents Success Challenge Program: A constituency analysis, December 2002 (forecasted).

    Conflicts of Vision: Functions of the University, Organizational Development and Change, May 2002.

    Rural University Responses to the Ohio Board of Regents, Success Challenge Program: An analysis of social capital equity and congruency, September 2001.

    The Effects of ABC and RCB Funding Models on University Policy Making: An Analysis of the Policy Winners and Losers, May 2001.

    The Changing Definition of Diversity in Post-secondary Education "C, January 2001.

    The Millennium Edition of the Carnegie Classification For Higher Education as a Policy Instrument and the Underlying Policies of the Carnegie Foundation, August 2000.

    Building the American Research Infrastructure, Thirty years of the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education and its Effect on Women Researchers, June 2000

    Participation activities

    Panel presentations

    • Evaluating Collaborative Scholarly Activity in Professional Theatrical Design, Organizer and Chair, USITT National Conference, Spring 2003.

    • Teaching Differently Abled Students in the Design Studio, Panelist, USITT National Conference, Spring 2003.

    • MFA as a Preparation for Higher Education Administration, Panelist, USITT National Conference, Spring 2003.

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