JOB: Dance, University of Colorado

Vacancy Announcement

Tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor of Dance

Department of Theatre and Dance

Position: The dance program in the Department of Theatre and Dance seeks an artist/scholar/educator to teach Afro-Modern fusion, dance pedagogy (dance for youth and teaching methods), and rotate teaching one or more of the following: History and Philosophy of Dance, Looking at Dance, and Dance and Culture. A strong leader with administrative experience either in academe or professional dance is required along with a minimum of 3 years college/university teaching and 5 years professional dance experience. An MFA or PhD in dance or dance studies is required.

Required Duties: To teach graduate and undergraduate courses, advise and mentor students on concerts/creative projects in fulfillment of their BFA and MFA degrees, to serve on department and university committees, to choreograph for the dance season, to continue an active presence in the field through further creative and scholarly work, to assume the role of director of dance (rotating position) in the near future.

Desirable Qualities: The ability to teach courses and provide guidance in one or more of the following areas:  African Diasporic Forms (preferable: Jazz, Latin, American Social Dance), contact improvisation, all levels of choreography, community building/outreach, and art for social change.

Starting date and Salary: August 2012.  Salary competitive.

The Program: We are a well established, nationally recognized dance program with a strong reputation in choreography, performance, and critical thinking. We offer courses in choreography, dance history and theory, dance pedagogy, somatic studies, interdisciplinary performance, injury prevention, and Labanalysis. Our technique training embraces a rich heritage of fusion. Students study a family of forms that descend from two essential classical roots: European and West African traditional dances. Training includes Afro-Modern, Contemporary Ballet, African Dance, European-based Modern, Jazz Fusion, Hip Hop, Improvisation, and Alexander Technique. Our campus is home to the state-of-the-art ATLAS Building: a center for collaborative arts, media, and performance. The Boulder campus and community is enriched by the 4 yr. residency of world renowned Hip-Hop artist Rennie Harris and several internationally recognized African dancers and drummers whose expertise contributes to our program’s offerings. There are 8 FTE faculty in dance, 170 undergraduate majors/minors and 15 graduate students. The department offers the BA, BFA, and MFA degrees in dance as well as BA, BFA, MA and PhD degrees in theatre. Each summer the program hosts the nationally acclaimed Boulder Jazz Dance and Aerial Dance Festivals. We are located near the center of CU’s beautiful campus in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, twenty-five miles from Denver.

Application Procedure: The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  A letter of application, a brief artist/scholar statement, teaching philosophy, current CV, 3 letters of recommendation and 3 additional references should be submitted electronically at posting #813933.

Please do not send additional support materials such as DVDs of choreographic work and teaching at this time. These may be requested later. Application review will start November 15, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. Full description at .


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