Visiting Assistant Professor who specializes in Contemporary Dance Forms of the African Diaspora


University of Iowa Department of Dance
Due December 15, 2020

We are seeking an artist/scholar whose creative and scholarly research is situated firmly within an Africanist global intercultural paradigm and who can advance the department’s goals in the areas of global dance studies, diversity and inclusion, and community-based creative research. Our new colleague would participate in our majors-level dance technique rotation by offering all levels (beginning to advanced) of contemporary dance practices grounded in the dance cultures and aesthetics of the African diaspora including but not limited to: African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and/or Afro-fusion forms, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Vogueing, Wacking, J-Setting and/or any other African diasporic dance practices determined by their area(s) of specialization. Additionally, our colleague would contribute by teaching and developing courses both within the department’s general education curriculum in Diversity and Inclusion and related to the candidate’s areas of expertise and departmental needs. Other services to the program could include undergraduate student advising, supervision of graduate student independent projects and theses, and attending to other departmental and university service assignments. We would welcome an individual with established relationships within the professional field nationally and internationally, and would prioritize candidates: 1) with demonstrated ability to teach dance academic and theory/practice hybrid courses in African diasporic dance cultural studies; 2) who possess the qualifications and experience for instructional versatility in more than one Africanist contemporary movement practice; 3) with demonstrated capacity to engage students from all backgrounds; 4) with a record of sustained and impactful community-based practices.

We will look to our new faculty colleague to design and deliver rigorous curricula grounded in the dance cultures and aesthetics of the African diaspora and collaborate with us on innovative curricular and programmatic initiatives that expand the range of our offerings in dance techniques and cultural dance studies. We especially welcome candidates of diverse cultural and social identities to join our faculty, and to contribute to the heterogeneous and multi-perspective culture of our Department.

Required Qualifications: M.F.A. or Ph.D. degree in Dance or a related field; college-level experience teaching contemporary dance practices grounded in the dance cultures and aesthetics of the African diaspora; record of active creative research in African-based and/or Africanist choreography, performance, and/or community-based dance practices; demonstrated capacity for course development and design; and general IT proficiency.

Desired Qualifications: professional experience in the dance field; national profile and engagement with professional organizations and associations; demonstrated ability to teach dance academic and theory/practice hybrid courses in African diasporic dance cultural studies; qualifications and experience for instructional versatility in more than one Africanist contemporary movement practice; capacity to teach or develop a course that satisfies the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences general education curriculum in Diversity and Inclusion (https://catalog.registrar.uiowa.edu/liberal-arts-sciences/general- education-program/#di).

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