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Assistant Professor -Dance

Arizona State University

Required Qualifications:

National/international record of creative activity and/or scholarship in performance, choreography, new media, dance pedagogy, movement studies, or related fields; Terminal degree in dance or related field; Teaching experience in higher education and at least one other context (e.g. K-12, community classes).

Desired Qualifications:

An interest in innovative and interdisciplinary practices that broaden current notions of dance and education; An interest in interdisciplinary collaborations across multiple artistic disciplines and/or across school boundaries; Ability to teach performance research, theory and methodology in current dance and art making practices; Certification in K-12 education, a somatic discipline, and/or movement analysis; Expertise in additional movement practices (e.g. urban movement practices, contact improvisation, dances of Africa); Strong interpersonal and communication skills; Computer and media/technology skills. 

  • I had a phone interview last week (Feb 1st). Has anyone else heard anything? I'm waiting impatiently about on-campus interviews.
  • Campus Interview Stage (March)

Bowdoin College (ME) - TT Asst. Professor of Dance[]

Seeking candidates with a record of artistic achievement who are able to contextualize their practice within the larger discourses of dance history, cultural studies, or aesthetic or critical theory. Teaching load is two course credits each semester, which will include modern dance technique, choreography/composition, improvisation, and dance as art-making activity (the latter for students with or without formal dance training), as well as producing and choreographing for departmental dance concerts. Those with additional expertise in one or more of the following: ballet technique, dance history, screendance, or dance and digital technology are especially encouraged to apply. We welcome candidates whose teaching, research, or worldview enhances the diversity of the college. The successful candidates will possess effective collaborative skills, an interest in interdisciplinary initiatives, and enthusiasm for teaching, mentoring, and advising a diverse population of liberal arts students. Qualifications: terminal degree (M.F.A. or Ph.D.; ABD considered if requirements for the degree will be completed by the time of appointment).

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit to submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, an artist's statement, a statement of teaching philosophy, web links to videos of three dances choreographed by the applicant, and the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation upon request.

  • Review of applications will continue until September 30, 2015.
  • Phone interview mid november. Anyone heard anything?
  • got an email that they extended their timeline for receiving and reviewing applications to Febraury 2016. 12/18/2015
  • I received the same email mentioned above. However, I also had a friend get a phone interview with them in November, and she hasn't heard anything from them since.

California State University, Long Beach (CA) - TT Asst. / Assoc. Professor of Dance[]

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH College of the Arts, Department of Dance Tenure-Track Position Opening


POSITION: Assistant/Associate Professor of Dance

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 17, 2016 (Fall Semester)

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: M.A. or M.S. Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Biomechanics, Physical Therapy or a related science discipline. Degree at time of application or official notification of completion of the masters or doctoral degree by August 1, 2016. Demonstrated evidence of clinical or teaching experience with dancers in a university or professional setting; demonstrated evidence of research, scholarly and creative activities in dance science; demonstrated ability to teach courses in two or more of the following areas: Anatomy for the Dancer, Placement for the Dancer, Pilates, Dance Pedagogy (from a scientific perspective); demonstrated evidence of training as a dancer in a university or pre-professional setting. Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.

DESIRED/PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Biomechanics, Physical Therapy or a related science discipline. Degree at time of application or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree by August 1, 2016. Minor or undergraduate degree in Dance or four or more years of pre-professional dance training. Experience in clinical work related to dance injuries; demonstrated evidence of a professional record of research, scholarly and creative activities in dance science on a national or international level. Experience working with dance teachers regarding application of scientific principles to teaching dance technique. Two years or more of teaching experience in dance science undergraduate or graduate courses, including anatomy, in a college setting. Active involvement in dance science professional organizations. Demonstrated success serving as a liaison between academic departments. Current Pilates teaching certificate from a 450-hour comprehensive Pilates training program or comparable Pilates professional experience (online-only programs excluded). Training and expertise to teach one other course in the Department of Dance.

DUTIES: Teach at least four of the following undergraduate and graduate courses as appropriate to training and expertise: Anatomy for the Dancer, Anatomy in Clay Laboratory, Pilates, Placement for the Dancer, and Scientific Principles as related to teaching dance technique. May be assigned to teach other Department courses appropriate to training and expertise. Serve as the dance science coordinator for research, mentoring, and course access for students in the option in Dance Science. Serve as a liaison between related departments to promote the option in Dance Science that is currently part of the curriculum; produce scholarly activity and publish in the field of dance science; serve as the Pilates Center coordinator; Participate in service to the department, college, and university committees.

Applications, required documentation, and/or requests for information should be addressed to: Lorin Johnson, Search Committee Chair, California State University, Long Beach, Department of Dance, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-7201. or 562-985-7039

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications to begin October 15, 2015. Position opened until filled (or recruitment canceled)

Cornell University (NY) - TT Asst. Professor - Media/Film Production OR Dance/Choreography[]


Cornell University’s Department of Performing and Media Arts seeks an assistant professor, with expertise either in the area of media/film production or in the area of dance/choreography, for a tenure-track position beginning July 1, 2016. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work has a global focus or reach. Please note that the candidate must have either an MFA or Ph.D. officially awarded no later than July 1, 2016. The candidate needs to demonstrate excellence in only one of our target areas, media/film production or dance/choreography, not both.

We are looking for a dynamic and innovative artist or artist-scholar with a wide range of interests. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate students in our major and minor in Performing and Media Arts, which combines theory and practice in film, dance, theatre, performance, installation, devised work, and transmedia, increasingly in unusual and experimental ways. Courses – which would uphold and challenge training traditions in a range of media/film production or dance techniques, respectively – would be determined by departmental needs and the candidate’s particular area(s) of expertise; the successful candidate will teach two courses each semester, participate in the department’s production work as either a filmmaker and instructor of filmmaking or as a choreographer, and pursue a professional career beyond Cornell. We are interested in recruiting candidates who have demonstrated an ongoing, successful engagement with the highest standards of scholarship or creative activity, consistent with the expectations for excellence in a Research I university. Our Department is committed to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to: Candidates holding the Ph.D. should submit a dissertation abstract and a scholarly writing sample of approximately 20-25 pages. All candidates should additionally submit a sample of artistic work (url links preferred), and they are encouraged also to produce a statement 1) summarizing their artistic vision and teaching philosophy within an undergraduate liberal arts environment and 2) describing how their professional artistic and/or scholarly work may contribute to their future candidacy for tenure. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2015. Complete applications must be received no later than November 15, 2015.

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Lehman College/City University of New York (NY) -- Lecturer - Dance[]

The Department of Journalism, Communication and Theatre at Lehman College seeks a Lecturer to teach undergraduate courses in Modern Dance, Urban Dance, Somatics and Dance Media, and to assist in Dance Program administration. Lehman College is a lively, diverse environment set in a lovely urban City University of New York campus. Performs teaching and related faculty functions in area(s) of expertise.

Bachelor's degree in area(s) of expertise and the ability to teach successfully required. Preferred Qualifications:
MFA in Dance or dance-focused media arts, plus four years of college teaching experience; substantial professional choreographic experience; academic experience in dance program administration.
CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.
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Candidates should provide a CV/resume.

Review of CV's will begin December 19, 2015 until January 29, 2016.

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We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply.  We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EO/AA Employer.

Pacific Lutheran University (WA) - TT Asst. Professor of Dance[]

General Description: Teach 20 semester hours in a variety of courses over Fall, January Term and Spring Semesters. Will receive 4 semester hours release to coordinate and stage annual Dance Performance Recital.

Hiring Range: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience + benefits package

Work Schedule: Full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position available September 1, 2016.

Please submit your application including cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy regarding dance instruction and the role of dance in a university, and a list of three references familiar with the applicant's experience and qualifications online at:

If available, submit a DVD/video or weblink to recent choreography and/or recent performances. DVD/video may be sent to: Pacific Lutheran University, Attn: Amy Young, Search Chair, Tacoma, WA 98447. Materials will not be returned.

For questions or more information, please contact Amy Young, Search Chair, at 253-536-5165 or

  • Closing Date: Review of applications will begin January 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Washington University in St. Louis (MO) - TT Assistant Professor of Modern Dance[]

The Department of Performing Arts at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment in Modern Dance at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in the fall semester of 2016. A Ph.D. in dance, performance studies, or a closely related field and at least three years of experience as a dancer/choreographer required at the time of appointment. Applicants should have an active focus on research and publication. A global perspective on dance, interests in interdisciplinary approaches to dance study (dance sociology, performance studies, gender, etc.) and in Contemporary Dance are also welcome. Duties will include teaching assigned courses in dance theory, history and technique; conducting research; writing for publication; engaging in creative activities; advising students; participating in department governance; and university service.

Application materials should include a CV, transcript, writing sample, statement of ongoing and future research and teaching goals, 3 letters of reference.  A performance video is optional.  Applications by email are preferable:  Mailed applications may be sent to Cindy Kahn, Assistant to the Chair, Performing Arts Department, Campus Box 1108, Washington University, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.

  • Full consideration and priority will be given to application materials received by November 15, 2015, but materials will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


Barnard College (NY) - Professor of Professional Practice, Dance (Open Rank - 3 yr. Appt.)[]

The Department of Dance of Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City, invites applications for a full-time, renewable three-year appointment as an Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Professional Practice to begin July 1, 2016. The ideal candidate will be a performing artist with a national or international reputation, a demonstrated capacity for creative work, the potential for continuing to make professional work of a high order and for expanding the Department's artistic and teaching profile. Experience in college teaching is required. Teaching responsibilities could include composition, several levels of technique, performance, and repertory in addition to choreographing occasionally for Department concerts. Expertise in areas such as new media/digital, community-based, or site-specific performance, somatic practice, and/or global forms is desirable. Additional responsibilities include advising and mentoring students and performing department and college service within a liberal arts environment. Leadership potential is a must. Preference will be given to candidates with an M.F.A. or related academic credentials.

To apply, submit the following materials: a cover letter that integrates a statement of artistic practice and teaching philosophy as well as links to two or three relevant moving-image examples of creative work; a curriculum vitae; two sample syllabi; names and complete contact info for three references (The online application system will automatically contact references and prompt them to upload letters of recommendation directly to the system by application deadline.) Please direct any questions to

  • Link to Apply:
  • Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2015
  • Received a rejection letter last week. I'm assuming they started phone interviews early February.

Duke University-Open Rank Professor of the Practice[]

Position: Open Rank Professor of the Practice, full‐time. Qualifications: PhD or MFA in Dance required; prior teaching experience in a graduate dance program preferred.

Position / Qualifications: The Duke University Program in Dance seeks an outstanding dance researcher and artist practitioner who will contribute significantly to the new MFA in Dance: Live Art and Embodied Practice in teaching, research, and the advising of MFA thesis projects. We welcome an individual who will both expand and extend the areas of expertise of the current faculty in terms of research, international engagement, and teaching across degree programs (MFA and BA). We value a colleague whose research is informed by an active artistic practice.

Responsibilities: The faculty member will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in all levels of corporeal practice and theory, dance making, live art and / or dance technology. Other responsibilities include devising and overseeing graduate program development, especially in international exchange programs; assisting with production of concerts; chairing/serving on graduate thesis committees; advising dance majors; participating in recruitment; participating in Program development; and serving on committees in the Dance Program, College, and University.

Our new colleague will contribute to ongoing projects in dance as a researcher and administrator; will maintain an international profile as an artist/researcher; and will be committed to developing and directing a new, cutting‐edge MFA program in Live Art and Embodied Practice alongside the current faculty in Dance at Duke.

The Duke University Dance Program currently offers a BA and a minor in dance. The Dance Program is an independent unit within the University’s School of Arts and Sciences.

Start date: August 1, 2016 Salary: Commensurate with qualifications.





University of California, Merced – Lecturer (Full Time) in Dance and Movement Studies[]

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts seeks a lecturer(s) to teach courses in dance and movement studies for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. Course(s) will include but may not be limited to: 

Afro-Latin Dance Ensemble
Social Dance (combined lecture and studio)
Topics in Dance (topic in be determined in consultation with the successful applicant)

In addition to teaching these courses, the instructor is responsible for creating a syllabus, holding weekly office hours (2 hours/week), and grading examinations and/or papers. The instructor may also be required to hold discussion sections or supervise a graduate student teaching assistant. The position will include a single annual course release in exchange for development and maintenance of dance spaces and curriculum.

Masters and/or PhD and experience teaching at the college or university level are required. Must be able to provide a record of excellence in teaching.

This is a limited-term appointment which falls under the purview of the agreement for the Lecturers Unit between University of California and the American Federation of Teachers. Terms and conditions of employment are subject to UC policy and appropriate collective bargaining agreement. See the following url for additional information:

University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

For more information, please contact David Kaminsky at

Salary is based on an annual full time rate of $53,402.00.

Three courses in Fall and three courses in Spring are equivalent to full time position. 

Review of applications will begin on 4/10/18 and will continue until the position is filled.


The position is full-time contingent upon enrollment, union with benefits. 

The deadline is rolling; the posting will most likely be closed on 4/26/18.

For more information, and to apply to the position, click here:

University of Kentucky (KY) - Lecturer in Dance and Co-Director of Creative Arts Living Learning Program []

The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance seeks a Lecturer in Dance to serve as Co-Director of the Creative Arts Living Learning Program (opening Fall 2016) and teach courses in our dynamic Dance Program (Introduction to Dance, courses in Dance Technique, and/or area of specialization). There is potential for the successful candidate to serve as a choreographer for our departmental season and/or Annual Dance Concert.

As Co-director of the new Creative Arts Living Learning Program, to be located in new a state-of-the art teaching facility, the successful candidate will take a leadership role in student recruitment, external and curricular programming, outreach and retention, faculty engagement, and supervision of student peer mentors, in collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences. The Creative Arts Living Learning Program is designed for students with a strong interest in the creative or performing arts—from dance, music, and theatre to art studio, creative writing, and arts administration. The residence hall will house solo and ensemble music practice rooms, a dance/performance studio with projection capabilities, an art education studio, and a writing studio for a truly immersive living-learning program.

The candidate will advise students and help to strategize growth in the curriculum. The Dance Program is active in ACDA, and the faculty maintain an active professional profile. The successful candidate is expected to achieve excellence in the classroom, be cognizant of current teaching practices, methodologies and research in the field, and play an active role in assessment and retention.

Start Date: April 1, 2016 (negotiable) – 9-month appointment

Please submit cover letter including experiences in collaboration and leadership (Cover Letter), CV (Curriculum Vita), and the names and contact information for five references (Specific Request 1).

  • Application Review begins December 1, 2015 and will continue until position is filled.
  • I know two applicants with campus visits, one was last week and one this week. 2/16/16


Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows in Dance Studies - 2016-2017[]

Posted on August 4, 2015

A consortium of three research universities–Brown, Northwestern, and Stanford–seeks to appoint Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows in Dance Studies for the academic year 2016-17. Fellows will be associated with humanities centers and with departments of theatre and dance on each campus and will teach two undergraduate courses. International applicants are welcome, as are applicants from Ph.D.s in all fields in the humanities and humanistic social sciences that border dance studies.

The initial appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year. Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. no later than 15 July 2015 and no earlier than 15 July 2012. Campus placement will be determined by the Search Committee.

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, a sample syllabus for an introductory course in dance studies, and three letters of recommendation to Dance Studies Search Committee, Northwestern University, University Hall 215, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston IL 60208-2240. Electronic applications (in Word or pdf) may be emailed to project assistant Jennifer Britton ( with the subject line HDance Studies Search.” AA/EOE. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

  • Deadline for applications is 1 January 2016.

Skype interviews will be conducted in February. Final decisions in March.

Has anyone been contacted for interviews yet? (2/11/16)

  • OFFERS MADE (wk of 3/1/16)