Assistant Professor in Contemporary Dance Practices


University of Florida: College of the Arts
Due December 09, 2019

Position: Full-time, 9 month, tenure accruing faculty position
Date of Expected Hire: August 16, 2020
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Florida, School of Theatre and Dance, College of the Arts, invites applications for the position of an Assistant Professor in Contemporary Dance Practices. The Dance Program’s technique curriculum is under a current revision that aims to balance bodily training practices between three areas of technical inquiry: Contemporary Dance Practices, Contemporary Ballet Practices, and Contemporary African and African Diaspora Practices. We welcome candidates whose technique teaching range and scope may include contemporized perspectives on codified techniques; global hybrid/fusion influences including but not limited to African diaspora, Asian, Southeast Asian, and Latin dance forms; and/or integrated somatic perspectives.

The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

Responsibilities:

  • Teach undergraduate curriculum
  • Develop, Revise, and Deliver curriculum in Contemporary Dance Practices
  • Maintain active national and international creative research profile in areas of specialization, consistent with expectations for tenure and promotion
  • Contribute to curricular efforts in other dance-related areas (could include choreography, improvisation, dance studies, cultural studies, dance pedagogy, somatics, dance and technology, and/or production, among others)
  • Active participation in our learning community, finding innovative ways to connect the arts to critical discourses in other disciplines
  • Participate in the dance season, potentially choreographing or providing artistic leadership for particular performances
  • Advise BA and BFA senior projects
  • Participate in shared governance through service to School, College, and University committees

SCHOOL OF THEATRE + DANCE: The light-filled, state-of-the-art Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion is home to the School of Theatre + Dance (SoTD). The School’s international full-time faculty of 27 recognized artists and researchers, complemented by adjunct and guest faculty and staff, including full- and part-time professionals. The School offers MFA curricula in acting and in design/technology, which includes scene design, lighting design and costume technology; BFA programs in acting, musical theatre, scene design, lighting design and costume design; and a BA in general theatre. The School features two degree programs in dance designed to develop the individual voice of the dance artist, a BFA and a BA. Approximately 200 students major in the artistically diverse curricula of the School of Theatre + Dance. Through its production program, outreach and innovative programming, the School of Theatre + Dance provides multiple cultural opportunities annually to thousands of members of the University and the greater community. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. For more information, visit www.arts.ufl.edu/theatreanddance.

COLLEGE OF THE ARTS: The College of the Arts fosters creative activity, scholarly and artistic excellence, and innovation across disciplines. We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their critical thinking and inspiring a culture of curiosity and imagination. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,500 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 120 faculty members in its three accredited schools— the School of Art + Art History, the School of Music and the School of Theatre + Dance, and in the Center for Arts in Medicine and the Digital Worlds Institute. In addition to its schools, the college comprises the Center for Arts in Medicine, the Digital Worlds Institute, the University Galleries, and the University level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami as well as launching the new Center for Arts, Migration and Entrepreneurship.

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