Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts)
Full-time Tenure-track position beginning August 16, 2015
Application Deadline: Review of applications begins December 1, 2014, and continues until position is filled.
The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Department of Dance and Choreography is a pre-professional program that provides students with numerous opportunities for individual artistic growth in a community setting where communication, collaboration, professionalism and self-motivation are encouraged. VCU Dance seeks to create an invigorating educational environment designed to prepare students for the demands and challenges for a professional career as an informed and engaged artist in the field of dance.
This is a junior-level 9-month tenure-eligible faculty position with an academic rank of Assistant Professor.This position requires teaching responsibilities and creative work that support the curriculum and mission of the program, and includes teaching undergraduate courses each semester in the faculty member’s area of expertise. Courses taught will change as demand requires and will be at the discretion of the Chair. The faculty member’s work and research responsibilities will entail growing and maintaining an established research agenda that is consistent with and supports the mission and initiatives of the department, School, and University. The faculty member’s research agenda must have clear potential for external funding,as well as the potential for artistic scholarship or creative expression that will complement and expand the existing expertise in the department. The faculty member will serve on departmental, College, and/or University committees as necessary, as well as in a professional capacity in their field. The faculty member will have additional responsibilities that could include academic advising, mentoring students, coordinating student activities, overseeing undergraduate studies, overseeing a department program, and supporting accreditation and curriculum development. The successful candidate will be committed to working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff,and student environment as a collegial faculty member at VCU.
Responsibilities: Teach dance technique courses in BFA program.
Primary focus is on the ability to teach levels I-IV contemporary/modern dance technique, however, teaching experience in advanced levels of both contemporary/modern and ballet dance technique is preferred. Function as a positive collaborator with dance faculty in developing and achieving departmental goals and objectives. Teach two or more of the following courses: improvisation, composition/choreography, repertory, music courses designed for dancers, contact improvisation, partnering, somatics, African dance, jazz dance, dance history, dance in world cultures, pedagogy. Direct informal and formal student concerts, advise student academics and creative work, serve on departmental and university committees, develop and sustain active artistic and/or research involvement.
- MFA or other terminal degree in Dance preferred
- Demonstrated ability to train, educate, motivate and inspire young dancers in a college dance program
- Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain research-based artistic work
- Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching on a college/university level
- Demonstrated choreographic experience
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate collegially
- Professional experience with recognized dance company or dance organization preferred
- Professional teaching experience in ballet, contemporary/modern and two or more areas listed above
- Demonstrated interest in and passion for dance in higher education
- Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Salary Range: Competitive salary – commensurate with credentials and experience
VCU Department of Dance and Choreography: arts.vcu.edu/dance
VCU Dance offers a professionally oriented program that culminates in a BFA in Dance and Choreography. The emphasis is on modern dance with a strong creative track and numerous opportunities for students to perform and present choreography. The department presents 6-8 productions each year in the Grace Street Theater, which was specifically designed for dance, modeled after the Joyce Theater in New York. Productions include student and faculty concerts as well as touring dance companies.
VCU Dance Department Curriculum includes contemporary/modern technique, ballet, improvisation, composition, choreography, repertory, tap, jazz dance, music courses designed for dancers, dance history, dance in world cultures, African American presence in American dance, dance management, teaching methods for dance, dance production workshop, lighting design for dance, dance video/ choreography, contact improvisation, African/Caribbean dance, and hip hop. The program sustains an enrollment of 80-90 dance majors and attracts a culturally diverse and highly motivated group of young artists who function with a strong sense of community and professionalism. The department is one of 16 in the VCU School of the Arts, which is ranked as the #1 public university school of arts and design in the country by U.S. News & World Report (2008). VCU Dance is currently staffed with 10 full-time and 15 part-time faculty. Virginia Commonwealth University is a state-supported institution with enrollment of over 31,000 students. It is located in historic Richmond, which is a thriving city with a large arts community.
Applicants should submit a brief and concise letter of interest to the attention of Judith Steel, Associate Professor in the Department of Dance and Choreography and search committee chair, that addresses strengths relative to the responsibilities and qualifications cited above, current resume, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three individuals familiar with the applicant’s record as an instructor, and/or professional experience, via VCU eJobs at vcujobs.com. Instructions are provided on the ‘Home’ page of VCU eJobs for new and returning users on how to search for open positions, create/access an account, and review the status of positions. Only electronic applications submitted via VCU eJobs will be accepted. To guarantee full consideration, application materials must be received by December 1, 2015. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.