Assistant Professors of Studio Practice - School of Dance

The School of Dance at the University of the Arts is part of the College of Performing Arts – along side the School of Music and the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts.  Under the leadership of Donna Faye Burchfield, the school comprises 300 talented, self-expressive students, and a faculty of exceptional and accomplished professionals with abilities and experiences that are diverse and far-reaching. We are in the midst of a new, emerging curricular approach that re-imagines and reinvigorates training young artists. The curriculum takes the depth and rigor of a discipline based dance conservatory while engaging students in open discussions and explorations within their own practice, valuing their voices as capable of developing new critical perspectives and approaches to dance and performance. Liberal Arts courses, which include discipline histories, are an essential part of each student’s academic experience.  While earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance, students participate in a common core within both the College of Performing Arts and the University at large that helps to expand collaboration while illuminating varied approaches to making and doing across disciplines.


The School of Dance seeks to hire three full-time Assistant Professors.  The positions are 3-year appointments with potential for renewal and advancement. Candidates should bring to the curriculum expansive pedagogical approaches to the practice and research of dance and dance making in the 21st century with innovative ideas about connectivity and working collaboratively.  


Open Positions:

1.   Assistant Professor of Studio Practice to teach classes in contemporary modern dance

2.   Assistant Professor of Studio Practice to teach classes in contemporary jazz and urban dance forms

3.   Assistant Professor of Studio Practice to teach classes in improvisation, composition, Creative Practices involving new approaches to research that include but are not limited to alternative forms of media and technologies.


Required qualifications:

.  Demonstrated university teaching skills and professional experience within the US and abroad

MFA degree in dance or comparable professional experience required



Teaching all levels of studio practice and ability to teach one or more courses: choreography, staging and coaching repertory and/or create choreography, somatic practices, dance history/theory/criticism, partnering, composition/improvisation, and/or related studio practice specialties.  


Additional responsibilities will include advising & mentoring students, participation in student assessment & audition/recruiting processes, and fulfill University service expectations.  In keeping with the expansive reach of the school, we seek innovative candidates with strong leadership and administrative skills coupled with artistic/pedagogical goals. 


To Apply:

Submit current CV, teaching statement and three references to Bren Thomas, Assistant to the Director, School of Dance at: Full consideration will be given to applications received by February 17, 2014; position will remain open until filled.