Two Open Rank Faculty Positions in Dance Studio Practice & Dance Composition University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts

Two Open Rank Faculty Positions in Dance Studio Practice & Dance Composition

Department of Theatre & Dance - College of Fine Arts - The University of Texas at Austin

Location: Austin, TX

Open: Oct 17, 2017 · Close: Aug 31, 2018


The Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin seeks to hire two progressive and dynamic choreographers/dancers who are actively engaged in a combination of physical practice, creative activity, and theoretical inquiry. Rank is open. One hire will be made at a senior level and the other at a junior level.


We welcome artist/teachers working in contemporary, ballet, or contemporary jazz traditions that bring 21st century approaches and interdisciplinary perspectives and a commitment to social justice. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a commitment to and experience with encouraging student to critically engage with traditional training methodologies through progressive pedagogies and incorporating critical race, queer, and/or feminist discourse in their studio and classroom practice. Colleague(s) will be expected to contribute to a collaborative and team-based environment, with a dynamic faculty whose aim is to sustain, develop, and evolve the dance program.


Our new colleague(s) will contribute:


In Teaching: a rigorous physical practice rooted in ballet, jazz, or contemporary. In one of these primary areas, the candidate will teach its contemporary forms, dance composition, improvisation, pedagogy, digital literacy, and somatic techniques at all levels of the BFA and MFA programs, and instruction in at least one additional curricular area (i.e. contemporary or contemporary ballet partnering, pointe, pedagogy, dance studies, directing/physical theatre, dance film/photography/integrated technology, African/Asian/Latin American Diasporic dance traditions, and/or dance dramaturgy).


In Research: developing choreographies for the stage or other spaces, exploring collaborative and interdisciplinary processes that bridge the other programs within the department and the university, and examining theoretical underpinnings of contemporary dance practices.


In Service: leadership in undergraduate and graduate programs, curriculum development, advising, experience mentoring diverse student populations and governance within the department, college, university, and the field at large.


We value an individual who will continue their relationships with the professional field nationally and internationally, as well as with the local community. We expect additional contributions in core choreography courses and other areas, creating an effective webbing of movement practice, theory, and creative activity, and advancing the department’s commitment to diversity inclusion.


Salary range and faculty title will be commensurate with experience. Preferred start date August 2018.


About Us:

The mission of the Dance Area at The University of Texas at Austin is to be an exciting and diversified dance program. We are a dance program – one that values and provides study in a diverse range of movement practices and styles that influence the multifaceted nature of dance today. We offer an MFA program in physical practice and social justice, a BFA in Performance and Choreography, a BFA in Dance Education, and a BA in Theatre and Dance with a Dance Concentration. The Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin represents a diverse educational community of artists and scholars who are committed to excellence in teaching and shared learning, research and creative practice, and service. We recognize theatre and dance – collectively, performance – as a medium for learning citizenship. Our programs model intellectual and artistic development as lifelong practices. Our curriculum, both academic and production, teaches ethical engagement and collaboration. We train leaders. We empower our students to challenge assumptions and take risks in service of greater cultural values: cooperation, equity, social justice, inquiry, open dialogue, excellence, and beauty.


Qualifications must be commensurate with rank and include an outstanding academic record, significant achievement in original research/creative activity/exhibition record and a commitment of quality teaching. The successful candidates are expected to teach undergraduate courses, collaborate with other faculty, and be involved in professional/creative research. The University of Texas at Austin and the Department of Theatre and Dance maintain a strong commitment to gender equity, multiculturalism, and human diversity. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to human diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research and service.

Application Instructions

Review of applications begins December 18, 2017, but the search will be kept open until the position is filled. Applicants are invited to upload a a letter stating your interest highlighting your qualifications specific to the position description, curriculum vita, and a statement of teaching philosophy to Interfolio. In addition, applicants will arrange for three letters of reference to be uploaded to Interfolio by their referees. Short-listed candidates will be asked to submit additional material which may include statement of research and work samples.

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