Assistant Professor in Dance and Choreography
Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts]
Full time Non-Tenure Track Position beginning August 16, 2013
Application Deadline: December 15, 2012
Responsibilities: Assistant Professor in Dance and Choreography, Collateral, Non-Tenure Track. Teach all levels of modern and ballet technique in BFA program. Function as a positive collaborator with dance faculty in developing and achieving departmental goals and objectives. Teach two or more of the following courses: partnering; jazz dance; improvisation; freshmen repertory; senior project. Direct informal and formal student concerts; advise student academics and creative work; serve on departmental juries and committees; develop and sustain active artistic and/or research involvement.
- Demonstrated ability ability to train, educate, motivate and inspire young dancers in a college dance program
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate
- Effective verbal and written communication skills
- Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level
- PHD or MFA in dance and professional experience are required
- Professional teaching experience in modern, ballet, and one or more areas listed above
- Demonstrated interest in and passion for dance in higher education
- Professional experience in performance and choreography
- Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
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 and a BFA specifically designed for Richmond Ballet Trainees. The program offers a technique curriculum with four levels of modern dance and ballet with a strong creative track and numerous opportunities for students to perform and present choreography. The department presents 8-10 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. The faculty member will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department.
Dance Department Curriculum includes 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, video/ choreography, contact improvisation, and hip hop. The program sustains an enrollment of 90-100 dance majors and attracts a culturally diverse and highly motivated group of young artists who function with a strong sense of community and professionalism. VCU Dance is one of 16 departments, including the Art Foundation Program, that make up VCU School of the Arts, the #1 ranked public university arts and design program in the country, according to the US News & World Report. The Department is currently staffed with seven full-time faculty and 10 part-time faculty. Virginia Commonwealth University is a state-supported institution with enrollment of over 30,000 students. It is located in historic Richmond, a thriving city with a large arts community.
Email (PDF or doc file) resume, a concise letter of intent, and a list of at least three people who may be contacted as references to: Christian von Howard, Chair, Search Committee: email@example.com
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
VCU Department of Dance and Choreography, PO Box 843007, Richmond, VA 23284-3007