Assistant Professor of Dance in Hip Hop


University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Due December 01, 2021

The Department of Dance at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor to start August 2022. The candidate must deepen our curricular commitment to African Diasporic dance forms by teaching Hip Hop and related dance, culture, and aesthetics (may include but is not limited to Hip Hop, Wacking, J-setting, Vogueing, Breaking, Popping, Locking, etc.), and contribute to the curriculum in another area of study such as African-Caribbean, African-Latine, or Jazz; commercial dance; or media arts. We seek a colleague with an authentic and embodied practice of Hip Hop and related forms, who is able to contextualize students’ understanding of the forms as stemming from African diasporic lineages with distinct socio-cultural and historical frames.

Our new colleague may play a key role in a planned interdisciplinary

As a faculty member at an R2 research institution, our new colleague must show promise of a distinguished research agenda, and be prepared to contribute to

curriculum development, faculty governance, and the administrative life of the department, COAA, and university.

Required Qualifications

Required qualifications include an MFA or PhD in dance or related field; professional experience as a performer or choreographer and community arts practitioner/ artrepreneur; established research agenda with the promise of national and international distinction; and university teaching experience.

Essential Skills

Faculty seek a colleague who demonstrates expertise in

  1. Authentic Hip Hop practices in community and/or professional settings.

  2. Community-engaged arts practices

  3. An additional pedagogical area such as media arts, commercial dance, musical theater, or other African diasporic forms in practice and theory. Needed contributions include choreographing for musical theatre productions and Department of Dance student concerts, and teaching history and theory of African and African diasporic forms, choreography, improvisation, traditional jazz dance, or digital and media skills for artists.

Additional skills valued by UNC Charlotte Dance:

  • experience integrating theory and practice in research and teaching;
  • professional experience with choreography and production processes; and
  • demonstrated ability to work across dance as cultural practice, art form, and interdisciplinary subject, and to teach a diverse student body in a liberal arts setting.

As a full-time faculty member, the successful candidate must:

  • maintain successful teaching and creative/research activities with continued engagement in the profession;
  • participate in curriculum development, faculty governance and the administrative life of the department, COA+A, the university, and in Charlotte-based
    communities;
  • demonstrate commitment to collaboration and have excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; and
  • be reviewed annually; along with third year reappointment review and sixth year tenure/promotion review.

The Department of Dance actively seeks to increase its numbers of underrepresented faculty. For priority consideration, applicants should apply by December 1, 2021.

Additional supporting materials (teaching portfolio; links to professionally compiled performance or choreography and teaching videos; statement of experience, philosophy, and interests related to community-engaged arts practices,) will be requested from finalists. Application materials will not be returned.

How to Apply