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Vice-Rector for Human Resources and Financial Management

Prof. dr hab. Jacek Popiel

Prof. dr hab. Jacek Popiel

Date of birth

1 August 1954, Kraków

Education and academic degrees

Polish Philology – 1977, JU
Journalism (post-diploma studies ) – 1978, JU
PhD in the Humanities – 1985
Habilitated doctor of Literary Studies – Theatre Studies - 1995
Professor of the Humanities – 2007


Chair in the Faculty of Theatre and Drama, JU -  since 1977
Associate Professor, JU – 2002
Ordinary Professor, JU 2012
State Drama School -  since 1978

Academic position

Representative of assistants and adjunct academics in the Council of the Faculty of Philology, 1979 – 1988
Dean's Proxy for Student Affairs, Faculty of Philosophy, 1984–1989
Dean of the Acting Faculty, State Drama School, 1990–1993
Vice-Rector, State Drama School, 1994–1996
Rector, State Drama School, 1996–2002
Head of the Institute of Polish Studies, 2002–2005
Dean of the Faculty of Polish Studies, 2005–2012
Head of the Chair in Theatre and Drama, 2002 and since 2009
JU Vice Rector for Human Resources and Financial Management, 2012-2016

Institutional appointments

Vice-President of the Conference of Rectors of Artistic Universities, 1999– 2002
Member of the Council of the State Programme of the Development of the Humanities, 2011-2014
Member of the Committee for Literary Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, since 2007
One of the founders of the International Association for the Polish Studies
Member of several urban and state committees for culture and committees for prizes in the field of culture and art
Chairman and member of the jury in playwriting and theatre competitions
One of the founders of the Sezony Teatralne (Theatre Seasons) Association
The creator and artistic director of the "Dramaty Narodów" Festival (1st edition – Polish romantic drama – 2005, 2nd  – Wyspiański 2007 Festival, 3rd – Słowacki 2009 Festival)

Academic interests

History of the 19th, 20th, and 21st  century Polish drama and theatre, history of drama studies, editing dramatic texts


Over 200 publications, including 19 books (6 individual). His texts were translated into English, French, Italian and Spanish. He is the author of several plays including Doktor Korczak, which was staged in a few Japanese cities, including Tokyo.


Two-time winner of an individual prize of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage – 1991, 2002
National Education Committee Medal – 1996
Gold Medal to Mark the 50th Anniversary of Kraków University of Technology - 1999
Silver Cross of Merit - 2002
Gloria Artis Gold Medal (for merits to culture) – 2007
Medal of the PWST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków, 2012
Order of Polonia Restituta, Knight's Cross, 2012
Prix Jean Paul II - Europe Chretienne, 2015

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