Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral or Visiting Scholar Program

University of New Mexico
Due December 09, 2020

The UNM Dance program invites applications for a post-doctoral (MFA or PhD) research associate position at the University of New Mexico in 2021-22. The Dance Program is pursuing one of three positions supported through the university’s Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral or Visiting Scholar Program. The purpose of the program is to enhance the campus’s racial/ethnic diversity. Candidates may not apply directly; each academic unit can nominate one candidate. UNM Dance Program faculty will hold an internal review of applicant materials to select and nominate one candidate.

The 12-month position comes with an opportunity to focus on your research and gain teaching experience, mentorship and professional development, a stipend and additional funding for research, and the opportunity to continue the position into the next academic year and potentially longer-term.

We seek a candidate whose research and teaching focus on dance(s) of Africa and/or the African Diaspora. The Dance Program at the University of New Mexico currently offers the following degrees: BA in Dance with designated concentrations in Contemporary and Flamenco; MA in Theatre and Dance with a concentration in Dance History and Criticism; MFA in Dance; and a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts in collaboration with other departments. The University of New Mexico is a Hispanic-enrolling institution in a majority-minority state. The Dance Program and University are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to inclusion and excellence through their teaching, research, and service.


Responsibilities for the postdoctoral research associate position include the following: 1) maintain research, scholarly, and/or creative activity intended to lead to publication, performance, and/or other modes of dissemination via appropriate platforms (practice-as-research and community-engaged research are welcome); 2) publicly present at UNM the research conducted during the post-doctoral period; 3) teach one or two courses in your area of expertise; and 4) participate in Dance Program faculty meetings, collaborate with faculty on reviewing and building undergraduate and graduate dance curriculum, and participate in advisement of undergraduate and graduate creative and scholarly work.


A) Terminal degree (MFA or PhD) in dance or a closely related field prior to July 1, 2020

B) Experience teaching at the college/university level


A) Two years experience teaching at the college/university level

B) Evidence of research in area(s) of expertise

C) Clear research agenda

E) A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities


The University will provide a $50,000 stipend for the 2020-21 year (for a 12-month appointment) that excludes health and tuition benefits. An additional $2,000 is provided for research, travel, and related expenses. Moving funds are not provided. If needed, funding for immigration paperwork will be supported by the Department of Theatre and Dance.

How to Apply