Assistant Professor of Dance, Tenure Track

Denison University


Denison University, a private liberal arts college in Granville, OH, seeks an active artist/scholar to join a transitioning Department of Dance, beginning fall 2019. The successful candidate for this tenure-track position is expected to be an excellent teacher, maintain a productive research portfolio, and contribute actively to the continued growth of both the department and the life of the college.

We seek a robust dance practitioner/educator who will bring an interdisciplinary 21st century perspective to courses in embodied creative inquiry, through both movement practices and dance studies. The successful candidate must be able to teach within the current curriculum: composition/improvisation, movement practices, dance production, cultural studies in dance history, experiential anatomy and somatic practices, movement analysis, as well as innovative introductory courses that primarily serve non-majors. All courses in our curriculum blend physical practice and theoretical understandings; this will continue to be a priority. At Denison, the teaching load is 20 credits per year; in Dance this is parsed in 2-credit and 4-credit courses.

The successful candidate will also be expected to maintain a clear research agenda that demonstrates growth and development over time, producing peer-reviewed scholarly and/or creative work that contributes to his/her/their field of expertise. At Denison, creative/artistic/performance work is valued in parallel to published research.

The Department of Dance is in a period of transition, moving to a new performing arts center while experiencing faculty retirements with replacements. Consequently, the successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in the formation of a new administrative and curricular vision for the department, fostering a collaborative and team-based environment whose aim is to further develop, grow and sustain the department. 

Review of applicants will begin December 21, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

A terminal degree—M.F.A. or Ph.D.—is required by the start of the appointment, August 2019, or January 2020. Top preference will be given to candidates whose terminal degree is in the field of dance. Those with degrees in other fields, but with a demonstrated commitment to dance as a principal practice and study, will also be considered.


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