Assistant Professor in Dance, Texas Woman’s University

  • Deadline / Program Start: 08/01/2020
  • Organization: Texas Woman's University
  • Organization Type: College/University
  • Location: Denton, TX
  • Primary Discipline: Dance
  • Recurring: No
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TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; copy of graduate transcripts; evidence of teaching experience (may include dance certification, student evaluations, peer evaluations; teaching awards; teaching philosophy, etc.); a sample of dance performance and/or choreographic work with a Vimeo or YouTube link; three letters of recommendation. Additional materials and/or references may be requested at a later date. Submit materials to [email protected] E-mail subject line must include job title and job code number IRC30104.

POSITION: Assistant Professor of Dance, Tenure-track in the Department of Dance, full-time, 9-months. Salary commensurate with experience. Starting Date: August 2020.

QUALIFICATIONS: Earned terminal degree required (M.F.A. or Ph.D.) A successful candidate must be interested in teaching studio practice classes and hold a valid and current teaching certificate (any state); a minimum of three years dance teaching experience in a public school; demonstrate an ability to teach studio and theory courses at the college level; have a record of scholarly productivity (choreography performance and/or research/writing); and have the potential to attain a national reputation in the field of dance and dance education as an educator, scholar, and leader by participating and contributing to national and/or international dance organizations. The successful candidate will have the ability to work collegially with others and benefit a diverse and international student body through their pedagogy, mentoring, and research. Additionally, candidates must be willing to be trained in the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS), in TK20 by Watermark (TWU’s software system for managing data related to educator preparation), and be willing and able to transfer their teaching certification, if not a Texas certificate, to a Texas teacher certification in dance. The candidate should have an ability to work with and benefit a diverse and international student body.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsibilities will include administrative and field-based initiatives, including supervision of dance student teachers; directing the International Dance Company; and teaching a combination
of the following: Theories of Teaching, Children’s Dance, Dance & Community Practice, and dance making classes such as Urban and Global Dance, Contemporary Technique Forms, Performance, and Choreography. In addition to teaching responsibilities, contributions to the Department in the following areas are expected: advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students; service on graduate committees; program development, enhancement and assessment, particularly in the area of dance education; participation in department and University shared governance forums; and active involvement in recruitment and retention initiatives including collaboration with Denton/Dallas/Fort Worth high school dance departments.

DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION: The Department of Dance offers the B.A., M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. degrees. The mission is to prepare students for the dance professions (artists, educators, researchers, leaders/administrators) in a student-centered teaching/learning environment that values individuality, diversity, and community. Core values guiding the realization of the mission include: 1) a commitment to the empowerment of women through education, 2) the value of a liberal arts education for all persons and 3) a fundamental belief in the primacy of experience and process. The Department of Dance is contemporary dance-centered and serves a diverse population of approximately 95 undergraduate dance majors and 50 graduate students; 46% of our undergraduate majors are dancers of color, primarily African American and Hispanic students. Faculty, staff, dance musicians and graduate teaching assistants work together to create an interdisciplinary and cooperative environment that fosters the development of individual creative voice, encourages risk-taking, and provides diverse artistic and academic opportunities. Interdisciplinary artistic and research enterprises have long been an integral part of the Department of Dance at TWU and are encouraged through School of the Arts and TWU funding initiatives. The members of the Dance faculty maintain strong collaborative working relationships with colleagues in other academic areas, particularly Women’s Studies and the School of the Arts.

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