Visiting Faculty - Dance


Grand Valley State University
Due June 15, 2021

The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is seeking applications for a full-time, one-year visiting faculty position to begin in August 2021. Duties will include teaching at least two of the following: hip hop, urban dance, West African dance, and jazz dance, plus additional theory and/or studio courses from the dance curriculum. The position will require the individual to choreograph for department concerts and productions; mentor-student dancers and choreographers; participate in auditions and recruitment activities; and participate in the performance life of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Demonstrated teaching expertise in at least two of the following: hip hop, urban dance, West African (classical and/or contemporary), and historically/culturally rooted jazz dance forms.
  • Ability to teach additional courses in one or more of the following from a position de-centering Whiteness: choreography/composition, dance history, pedagogy, repertory.
  • Terminal degree in dance or a related discipline and/or equivalent professional experience in the candidate’s field of expertise.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated evidence of choreographic work in the candidate’s area(s) of expertise
  • One or more years of teaching experience in higher education
  • Experience in or demonstrated understanding of social justice education and/or initiatives, and/or inclusion, diversity, and/or intercultural training.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy.
  • Ability to teach in both face-to-face and online environments

We encourage applications from candidates who are underrepresented candidates who have interest and/or experience in working with diverse student and community populations.

Salary: $40,000

Department/Division: Dance Program - Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Campus: Allendale Campus as well as online/hybrid if required

Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable and rich in cultural amenities, and is located in easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and GVSU is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2021, and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

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