Human Resources

Assistant Professor - Dance (Tenure-Track)

Department

Dance

Overview

The Ursinus College Department of Theater and Dance invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Dance to begin Fall 2023. The Department seeks a dance educator with an eclectic background, including, but not limited to: technical expertise; professional choreographic work; teaching experience; research interests in dance history and culture; and extensive experience in dance concert production, including interdisciplinary performance and screen dance. Candidates must be committed to practicing inclusive teaching strategies and working in a liberal arts environment, including participation in delivering the college’s core curriculum. Specific duties include teaching in our highly innovative Quest core curriculum, anchored in a writing intensive, discussion-based, first-year interdisciplinary seminar, the Common Intellectual Experience (CIE); supervising student research and honors theses; and establishing an ongoing program of scholarship. The successful candidate will advise students–including first-year students (non-majors) and dance majors–and serve as a mentor for dance students conducting independent research and participating in career-related internships. The successful candidate will also demonstrate expertise and investment in dance diversity and inclusion, with particular focus on African diaspora dance.

The Ursinus College faculty is a diverse community of teacher-scholars dedicated to providing transformative experiences for a diverse student body in a highly reflective process embedded in our core curriculum. It is the expectation of all faculty members that they will be similarly reflective; therefore, all applicants are requested to submit separate statements reflecting on:

  • Teaching experience, practices, and goals,
  • Scholarly accomplishments and proposed agenda at Ursinus,
  • Experience and commitment in support of an inclusive community.

The Theater and Dance Department is housed in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center. Ursinus College is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, residential liberal arts college of approximately 1500 students located about 25 miles northwest of center city Philadelphia. With a diverse community of students, it is an expectation of all faculty to contribute to the inclusion, engagement, and success of all students.

Responsibilities

  • Producing one dance concert each academic year
  • Choreographing work for dance concerts
  • Teaching dance courses within the Dance Curriculum and in the candidate’s area of expertise
  • Teaching the Common Intellectual Experience(CIE), an interdisciplinary first-year liberal studies seminar
  • Participating in the Dance Scholarship selection process
  • Providing service to the department and college
  • Mentoring students, including supervision of independent studies, honors theses, and internships

Requirements and Qualifications

  • MFA, PhD, or EdD in Dance
  • Teaching experience at the college level
  • Professional choreographic experience
  • A commitment to inclusive teaching in a liberal arts setting

Anticipated Start Date

Fall 2023

Application

Send the following items to http://apply.interfolio.com/113142

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Separate statements of the following:
    • teaching philosophy
    • scholarship/research program
    • experience and/or commitment to supporting an inclusive community
  • Transcripts
  • 3 references

Full consideration will be given to application received by October 1, 2022; however, the application process will continue until the position is filled.

Ursinus is an EO/AA employer. Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.