Assistant Professor of Dance


Southern Utah University
Due April 16, 2021

Southern Utah University seeks a highly motivated individual for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Dance with the appointment to begin Fall 2021. This faculty will instruct nonmajor and major-level ballet technique (beginning-advanced) and culturally competent, decolonized Dance History and criticism, as well as contribute in at least two of the following areas: non-dance-major levels of jazz dance or tap dance technique, improvisation, or dance appreciation.

This position includes the possibility of an additional semester of teaching during the year for additional pay. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner, and dependent fee waiver; and a defined benefit retirement through the state system. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit: https://www.suu.edu/hr/benefits/.

This position will remain open until filled with the first review of applicants beginning April 16th, 2021. The appointment date is August 16th, 2021. Please direct all questions about the position to Nick Blaylock, Assistant Professor, Associate Chair at nickblaylock@suu.edu with the subject "Dance Search" or call (435) 865-8562.

Proposed Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Be responsible for twenty-four instructional credit hours per year with contributions to departmental productions included
  2. Mentor at least two student choreographers a year
  3. Advise +-20 dance students in collaboration with SUU academic advisors
  4. Assist in recruitment and retention duties (including auditions and some travel)
  5. Engage in active peer-reviewed creative/scholarly activities
  6. Participate in department, college, university committees and service
  7. Maintain at least five office hours per week
  8. Work collaboratively and productively with colleagues

Education and Experience Requirements:

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a value of diverse aesthetics as well as continue their own creative research with the students whether by choreographing for departmental productions (faculty dance concerts or musicals) or remaining active in the field. The department is especially interested in candidates who are able to teach broadly within their disciplines and are committed to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts environment.

Required:

  1. M.F.A. or Ph.D. in Dance - requirements for graduation completed by August 2021
  2. One year of higher education/adult teaching experience
  3. Evidence of professional experience in the dance field
  4. Demonstrated expertise in teaching ballet technique and dance history
  5. Demonstrated expertise in teaching at least two of the following areas: nonmajor levels of jazz dance or tap dance technique, improvisation, or dance appreciation.
  6. Experience working collaboratively with colleagues and communities
  7. Demonstrate commitment to experiential undergraduate learning

The Department

The Department of Theatre, Dance, & Arts Administration (TDAA) offers Bachelor degrees (BA/BS) in theatre and dance, theatre and dance education with or without licensure; Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theatre Design & Technology, Classical Acting, and Musical Theatre; as well as a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Arts (MA) in Arts Administration. The Dance Program serves approximately 50 dance majors, as well as many students from the theatrical disciplines, with a total of four full-time faculty (including the potential candidate) in collaboration with two-three adjunct faculty. In addition, the dance program offers general education and non-major experiences to SUU students each semester. The dance curriculum includes training in modern/contemporary dance, jazz, ballet, and composition. These coalesce with improvisation, cross cultural studies, dance history, kinesiology, dance pedagogy, and sound for movement. TDAA produces two main-stage dance productions a year - one of faculty research and one of student. In addition, the departmentally-sponsored Southern Utah University Dance Organization (SUUDO) offers at least two choreographic/performance opportunities per semester, as well as masterclass and improvisation events. The dance program actively participates in the American College Dance Association conferences and has been selected to perform in the Gala Concerts. The program has also received honors at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). SUU has committed to the Utah System of Higher Education Equity Lens Framework. With that, TDAA is committed to the ongoing work of progressing inclusion, diversity, and equity within its programs, productions, curriculum, and practices. For more information about the department, please visit https://www.suu.edu/pva/ta/.

Additional Information

In accordance with Utah State Code 53B-1-110, appointment to this position is contingent upon the successful passing of a background check.

For information about Cedar City, UT including government, living, and employment, visit https://www.cedarcity.org/.

Southern Utah University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages individual commitment to personal responsibilities in equal measure with personal rights. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.

Southern Utah University does not discriminate against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, veteran status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related condition, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable law in employment, treatment, admission, access to educational programs and activities, or other University benefits or services.

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