Dance Program African Diasporic Movement or Urban Street Forms/Hip Hop Tenure-Track Assistant Professor


University of Minnesota
Due December 01, 2021

Faculty in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research or creative activity that includes publication, exhibition, or performance; develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses; advise students; and contribute service appropriate for the rank of appointment to the department, college, University, and profession.

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THE DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE ARTS AND DANCE

Creating, studying, and producing works of theatre and dance that educate our students and our diverse audiences about the performing arts and the social issues and human emotions that the arts speak to so powerfully. Our primary mission is to educate our students and our audiences about the performing arts and about the social issues and human emotions the arts speak to so powerfully. We are committed to realizing this mission by creating, producing, and studying works of theatre and dance, and performing them publicly for diverse audiences drawn from both the University and the community at large. We are a diverse group of artists and scholars with a wide range of talents and interests.

THE DANCE PROGRAM

Our Vision: Preparing Thinking Dancers and Dancing Thinkers

Our Mission: Education and Research in Contemporary Dance in Global Contexts

The University of Minnesota Dance program is committed to training versatile, thinking dance artists and citizens capable of embracing challenges and opportunities in the field of dance and beyond. The Dance Program focuses on contemporary dance in global contexts through four balanced curricular areas: technique, performance, composition, and dance studies. Dance coursework fosters an intensive creative process, offers extensive technical training and performing experience and promotes rigorous intellectual practices. University of Minnesota Dance develops citizens prepared to enter a global society, aware of the power, influence and implications of artistic choices.

We seek an active, innovative practitioner with a developing national or international profile whose creative research focuses on contemporary lensing of African Diasporic movement or Urban & Street/Hip Hop forms to join our program as an Assistant Professor on the tenure track. This position will lead their specific movement track, be asked to teach in the program’s more general contemporary technique track if they have the necessary background, and have the opportunity to offer other courses in the program depending on the candidate’s background and research. Our dance program works intentionally to build a contemporary technique track that is informed by a wide range of aesthetics from across the globe.

Qualifications

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance in the College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position to begin fall semester 2022 (08/29/2022). Areas of specialization are African Diasporic Movement or Urban Street Forms/Hip Hop.

Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policy.

Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of recommendations.

Required Qualifications

  • M.F.A. in Dance, other terminal graduate degree, or equivalent professional experience and recognition
  • At least 1 year of college- or university-level teaching experience or equivalent in non-university institutions in African Diasporic Movement or Urban & Street/Hip Hop forms
  • At least 1 year of college- or university-level teaching experience in dancemaking/dance composition or equivalent in non-university institutions
  • A distinguished and active record of creative research output and dance pedagogy on a trajectory towards or already having an established national or international profile in either African Diasporic Movement or Urban & Street Forms/Hip Hop
  • Demonstration and understanding of the importance of the integration of dance scholarship, creativity and physical regimen to an undergraduate dance major's growth as an artist, thinker, researcher and global citizen in alignment with the dance program’s mission of Contemporary Dance in Global Contexts and goal to provide a near conservatory dance training embedded in a national recognized liberal arts college

Equivalent Professional Experience and Recognition Defined:

In lieu of the M.F.A. in Dance or other terminal graduate degree, the following may be considered in determining professional experience and recognition in dance:

(1) Demonstrated professional distinction in dance instruction, scholarly research and/or creative/performance work in dance over time and evidence of continued distinction

(2) Demonstrated effectiveness as a teacher at the undergraduate level, whose instruction reflects familiarity with the current state of disciplinary thought in dance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to teach contemporary dance technique from a global perspective
  • Demonstrated knowledge in Dance Studies from a global perspective
  • Professional leadership experience
  • A research agenda which reflects a commitment to intercultural and interdisciplinary embodied arts practices in order to contribute to the flourishing of the West Bank Arts Quarter made up of the University's Departments of Music, Art, and Theatre Arts & Dance
  • Progressive and successful university teaching experience at several levels to diverse groups
  • Experience developing courses and overall programmatic infrastructure
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Experience with innovative approaches to teaching and mentoring students
  • Evidence of successfully motivating students.

About the Department

Our primary mission is to educate our students and our audiences about the performing arts and about the social issues and human emotions the arts speak to so powerfully. We are committed to realizing this mission by creating, producing, and studying works of theatre and dance, and performing them publicly for diverse audiences drawn from both the University and the community at large.

Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota’s land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life’s work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world. The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education. www.cla.umn.edu

Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota, with its five campuses and more than 65,000 students, is one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in the United States, and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. It is both a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, and a state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public engagement.

Diversity

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

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Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

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