Assistant Professor of Practice in Dance

Texas Tech University

Contributes to the university’s mission through teaching in an area of expertise, mentoring students in professional and career preparation and serving as liaison with professional contacts and entities on behalf of the department or program.

About the Department and/or College

We in the School of Theatre and Dance recognize the continuous, intentional, and ever-evolving work of addressing historical and systemic injustice. Our students come from all walks of life and deserve to have the richness of their diverse backgrounds reflected in and supported by our teaching and practice. Recent coordinated efforts within the School have centered on diversifying and supporting faculty, transforming curricula, and reforming production practices, all with the goal of sustaining a place for artists, scholars, and educators to reach their full potential. As a community in transition that stands against racism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, classism, ableism, hate speech, ageism, and actions that silence, threaten, marginalize, or degrade others, we invite individuals who will bring their lived and creative experiences to our program to join us on this journey.

Major/Essential Functions

  • Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in Dance including the ability to teach beginner through advanced levels of Contemporary, Jazz, or Ballet techniques;
  • Share knowledge of historical contexts and contemporary issues in dance
  • Choreograph or restage dance works for students for the school productions
  • Mentor BA and BFA Dance students
  • Contribute to the mission of the department as a colleague working with other faculty members

Demonstrated ability to teach and mentor effectively, particularly with diverse student populations. Demonstrated ability to choreograph performances. Job assignment is a renewable position. Collaborative attitude and willingness to work with others toward a shared vision for the program. This position will be classified as Security Sensitive and requires a criminal background check if selected for employment. Minimum of 5 years of professional employment in a related field, graduate degree (Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, or doctorate) in Theatre, Dance, and/or equivalent professional experience.

Pursuit of external grants in support of research or creative activity, when appropriate and available in the faculty member’s field, is encouraged.

Salary Range: $45-50,000


Texas Tech University

Required Qualifications

Normally, a master’s degree in the discipline or the substantiated equivalent in professional experience of ten (10) years or more.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience teaching at the university level (beyond Teaching Assistantships)
  • Ability to form cross-disciplinary partnerships within and outside of the university
  • Experience in community engagement and/or collaboration
  • Strong emphasis with candidates who are also specialists in additional techniques, including hip-hop, commercial dance, dance, and new media, or other areas of expertise
  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrated effectiveness in teaching, mentoring, and choreographing/restaging. Strong communication skills and the ability to complete administrative assignments related to service, including producing dance concerts or student recruitment, are highly desired qualities

Does this position work in a research laboratory?


Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as, the institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the institutional pay plan on the Human Resources webpage.

Travel Required




Grant Funded?


Job Group

NonTenure track

EEO Statement

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minoritized candidates, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

How to Apply