Assistant Professor in West African Dance

University of Florida: College of the Arts
Due December 02, 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 School of Theatre and Dance and Center for African Studies seek an Assistant Professor in West African Dance.The successful candidate will have expertise in West African Dance and a secondary expertise in one or more of the following: other contemporary dance practices stemming from African and African Diasporic experiences; improvisation; drumming; interdisciplinary approaches to teaching composition, technology, pedagogy, anatomy, dancer wellness, dance studies, and/or others. The candidate will maintain an active research profile, demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence and creative collaboration, and show evidence of effective student guidance and mentoring. Responsibilities include contributing to the BA and BFA Dance curricula and the development of a future graduate program in Dance; offering curricular and programmatic events sponsored by the Center for African Studies; and other responsibilities as assigned.

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.


  • Primary responsibilities will be to develop, revise, and deliver curriculum that is currently delivered in “West African Dance” and “World Dance and Intercultural Performance" in the School of Theatre + Dance and other potential courses in the Center for African Students. Additional contemporary dance practices stemming from African and African Diasporic experiences are also welcome.
  • Maintain creative and/or scholarly research agenda that leads to publication and/or performance via appropriate platforms. Scholarly research may also be practice-as-research and/or community-engaged research.
  • Develop outreach and engagement programs with greater Gainesville area community and beyond. This could manifest in K-12 schools and community colleges in the region and state, working with the Center for African Studies to develop collaborative African arts linkages in local, national and international arenas.
  • Contribute to annual production calendar, which may include setting an original composition as part of the annual faculty dance concert, student ensemble performances, and/or guest artist/student showcases.
  • Participate in audition and recruitment activities.
  • Mentor senior projects and foster the agency and rigor of choreographic / interdisciplinary thought.
  • Contribute to Shared Governance and the advancement of the vision and mission of the College of the Arts.
  • Serve on School, College, and University committees as assigned.
  • Other specific service, teaching and outreach assignments would be based on the needs of the School of Theater + Dance, the Colleges of the Arts and Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Center for African Studies

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

CENTER FOR AFRICAN STUDIES: The Center for African Studies is in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Florida. As a National Resource Center for African Studies, our mission is to promote excellence in teaching and research on Africa in all the disciplines at the University of Florida. The Center also disseminates knowledge about Africa to the wider community through an integrated outreach program to schools, colleges, community groups, and businesses. Central to this mission is sustaining contacts and expanding interactive linkages with individuals and institutions on the African continent. In addition to undergraduate education, the Center promotes and supports graduate studies as essential for the development of a continuing community of Africanist scholars. The Center has over 100 affiliated teaching and research faculty in a wide variety of fields, including: languages, the humanities, the social sciences, agriculture, business, engineering, education, fine arts, environmental studies and conservation, journalism, and law. A number of faculty members with appointments wholly or partially within the Center have facilitated the development of a core curriculum in African Studies in support of the undergraduate minor and graduate certificate programs.

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.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • MFA, PhD, DED, DA, MA or an undergraduate degree with equivalent professional experience in dance and/or a related field, a record of creative and/or scholarly activities, and a minimum of two years prior teaching experience (part-time acceptable) at the college or university level.
  • Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Active research agenda to grow a national/international profile in creative and/or scholarly research, leading to tenure and promotion.

Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate will bring to the position:

  • Two years teaching experience in higher education or professional dance setting beyond Graduate School with evidence of commitment to collaboration, diversity, and excellence in the arts and higher education.
  • Engagement in the field consistent with the expectations of a research-focused institution.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for working toward structural and strategic change in relationship to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strong organizational, management, and communication skills.
  • Capacity for effective engagement in recruitment.
  • Working knowledge of West African lanaguage sufficient to support the cultural and contextual integrity of the dance practices desireable.
  • Evidence of a commitment to innovative and cross-disciplinary curricula.

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