Senior Instructional Professor (Open Rank) and Director of Dance Program, Committee on Theater & Performance Studies

University of Chicago
Due May 09, 2021

The Humanities Collegiate Division and the Committee on Theater & Performance Studies (TAPS) at the University of Chicago are accepting applications for a Senior Instructional Professor (open rank) who will direct TAPS’s curriculum in Dance, teach up to five courses a year in that curriculum (course load dependent on the additional duties), and develop co-curricular offerings in Dance at the University of Chicago. This is a full-time position with a three-year renewable term, to start September 1, 2021.

The Director of Dance will be responsible for planning, staffing, and coordinating all dance courses, including the supervision and evaluation of unionized lecturers. Teaching is a mainstay of the position, and therefore we seek candidates who are highly effective teachers of movement-based and discussion-based classes. Possible course offerings can encompass but are not limited to specialized offerings in a variety of historical, contemporary, and emerging dance idioms, the history/theory of dance, the fundamentals of movement, and dance composition and choreography. The Director will also develop the profile and mission of the Dance Program in Theater and Performance Studies, and advance the Program’s broad-based commitment to performance practice as a mode of embodied research. The Director of Dance will support ongoing efforts at the Logan Center for the Arts and the University to work with local dance organizations. Finally, the Director will be responsible for supporting the co-curricular student dance activities at the University by serving as an advisor to student-

run dance organizations, organizing non-credit-bearing master classes and workshops, and working directly with student dancers and choreographers on independent projects and career development. The course assignments and other duties of the Director of Dance will be determined annually by the Chair of the Committee on Theater & Performance Studies.

A bachelor's degree is required; an MFA or PhD is preferred, or evidence of commensurate work outside the academy. Applicants must have at least five years of professional experience in dance and/or choreography, as well as extensive teaching experience at the university or post-secondary level

Applications are due by May 9, 2021. Only complete applications will be reviewed. The position is contingent upon budgetary approval. Please contact Vicki Walden ( with any questions.

The Committee on Theatre and Performance Studies is committed to fostering equity and inclusivity in our study and practice of the arts. We believe that reckoning with the pervasive biases of our cultural structures, including our aesthetic paradigms, is crucial to our Program’s work. We seek a Director of Dance who wishes to engage with and contribute to this mission.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

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