Assistant/Associate Specialized Teaching Professor of Dance Fine and Applied Arts

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Due December 01, 2021

The Department of Dance at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign invites applications for a full-time Assistant/Associate Specialized Teaching Professor beginning August 2022.

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We seek an emerging or mid-career dance artist/scholar who is passionate about teaching and the intersection of embodied practice and online/virtual innovation. We are interested in adventurous thinkers with clear interests in interdisciplinary practices, who can broaden perspectives on dance and promote it across a variety of campus and community cultures. We will consider specialists who have a progressive perspective on pedagogy, theory, history, and/or studio practice. We welcome applications from artist/scholars from multiple genres of dance practice and performance, who will contribute to our ongoing anti-racist efforts and expansive curriculum redesign.

Our goal for online teaching in dance is to develop courses that are attractive, expansive, and encourage embodied engagement. We encourage candidates to apply who have a record of creative online dance activity, along with demonstrated experience as a more traditional instructor. Supported by new initiatives and institutions at the University of Illinois, we would like this Specialized Teaching Professor to help us connect with online and digital cultures.

This position will be responsible for re-visioning and leading the development of online instruction for majors and non-majors and contribute to efforts to connect dance with multiple populations. They will participate in the development of teaching expertise through mentoring graduate students' teaching online and in the classroom/studio, and advising on the on-going development of innovative curriculum. Candidates will teach studio and academic courses and will have the opportunity to design new courses in the non-major and the BA, BFA, and MFA programs.

Salary commensurate with experience. This is a non-tenure track position with the possibility of a renewable, multi-year contract, based on successful performance review. MFA (or equivalent experience) or PhD required.

The mission of Dance at Illinois is to contribute to Dance’s positive impact on the world, as a distinctive generator of new knowledge and as a vital cultural agent and signifier. We activate the power of Dance to root out historically unbalanced, hierarchically oppressive perspectives and are committed to investigating the dynamic intersections between research and teaching in academic, professional, and community settings. We promote ethical, anti-racist, and progressive practices, operating from a deeply held belief that diversity and inclusion are critical for the advancement of the artform and for humankind. Utilizing a range of experimental and canonic approaches, we generate choreographic, pedagogical, performative, and scholarly research that centers Dance in global discourse. We aim to forge innovative and sustainable lives as artist educators and to model that practice widely, compelled by our collective, passionate dedication to Dance as a transformational process.

Recognizing health and safety concerns during this time, the Department of Dance and College of Fine and Applied Arts will be as flexible as possible in determining the nature of any interviews or meetings (virtual/remote and/or in-person interaction) that are conducted for this search.

The Department of Dance at the University of Illinois offers BFA, BA and MFA degrees as well as a Graduate Minor in Dance. Accredited by the National Association for Schools of Dance, the Department of Dance has nine tenure track faculty, approximately 60 Undergraduate and 12 MFA students. Our award-winning resident performers, scholars, choreographers, and educators build on a 50-plus year tradition of innovative work and thoughtful leadership in the field. The Department of Dance produces five concerts each year at the world-class Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. It is a part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, an unusual mix of arts-based disciplines including Art and Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Music, Dance, Theater, and Urban Planning.

Dance faculty and students also work within a rich campus environment for research and community-partnered learning, supported by an array of top-tier centers, institutes, and academic departments. As the flagship campus within the state university system, UIUC is a Research I university, and one of the first institutions to receive the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement. The Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area, located between Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, is among Illinois’ fastest growing communities, and boasts a strong network of community justice and arts organizations.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

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