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Professor Joe Obermueller, 
Assistant Professor of Theatre 
Director of Theatre
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Joe Obermueller joined the University of Sioux Falls faculty in fall 2013 as assistant professor and director of theatre. He earned his M.F.A. in theatre pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., where he served as an adjunct professor for acting and speech. He earned his B.A. in theatre arts from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

As an actor, Joe has performed in such roles as Don Quixote in The Man of La Mancha, Kent in King Lear, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, Cole in Whiskey/Water at the Stella Adler Studios in New Yor City, Quentin in Arthur Miller's After the Fall, Soldier in Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and, most recently, as John Newton in the pre-Broadway workshop of the musical Amazing Grace, directed by Gabriel Barre.

Joe's directing credits include The Music Man, Once Upon A Mattress, Two Rooms, Hidden in This Picture, Bridal Terrorism and You Can't Take It with You. He recently directed Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of Pepperfine University's theatre-abroad program.

Joe and his wife, Janette, moved to Sioux Falls from Richmond with their daughter, Nora.


Nathan Nassif, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Speech and Communications

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Dr. Nathan Nassif, associate professor, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in persuasion, leadership, group dynamics and administrative and business communication; he has also taught special courses in film studies, playwriting and theatre.

Dr. Nassif's academic and business background gives a history of two parallel and satisfying careers. For more than 25 years he enjoyed a period of varied and progressively responsible accomplishments in the fields of teaching, academic department administration, training, negotiation and both central and hands-on management of substantial properties. Dr. Nassif received his degrees from Drake University (B.A.), Marquette University (M.A.) and The Union Institute and University (PhD). He began his teaching career at Iowa State University.

After completing his master's degree, he spent three years in New York City and Chicago as a talent agent for the William Morris Agency. While in these cities he gained considerable experience in commercial broadcasting, Broadway theatre, motion pictures and concerts. Later he gained extensive entrepreneurial skills with a business career as executive managing director of the St. Elmo Hotel Corporation of New York and Nassif Properties of Florida. With his wealth of business experience, Dr. Nassif continues as a speaker, consultant and instructional developer to organizations.
At USF, Dr. Nassif is a recipient of the Bush Grant for Critical Thinking, the Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant, the South Dakota Communication Association Service Award and the University Outstanding Teacher Award. Recently, USF students nominated him to be included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He also contributes and participates in numerous volunteer, civic and educational organizations; he is a member of Rotary International and on the Board of Directors of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

His research interests include communication theory, ethical and intercultural communication, film studies and playwriting. He enjoys tennis and squash and, as a semi-professional magician, he performs as a volunteer at area hospitals. Dr. Nassif, his wife Briana and their two children (Nathan and Sophie)
have been involved in their church for many years. Moreover, in the last several years, he has been actively involved in an inter-religious and interethnic ad hoc group dealing with understanding in the Middle East.

View Nathan's Vitae (pdf format)