Lecturer in Dance
University of California Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
United States

Lecturer(s) - Dance - Department of Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies

Job #JPF03265
  • Theater, Dance & Perf Studies / College of Letters & Science - Arts & Humanities / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Dance Lecture
Salary range: Minimum annual full-time salary rate of $56,945. Salary to be commensurate with experience. Some credit given to prior college-level teaching experience (not including graduate student or summer session teaching).
Percent time: 33%-67%
Anticipated start: Positions typically start at the beginning of the semester (in mid-January for Spring Semester; end of May for Summer, mid-August for Fall Semester).
Position duration: Semester

Application Window

Open date: December 6th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Dec 20, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Dec 6, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley invites applications to the Lecturer Pool for teaching positions in a range of undergraduate, studio-based practice courses, such as dance technique, sources of movement, choreography, and improvisation.

We seek artists/scholars committed to progressive pedagogical practices and creative research, and colleagues who will contribute to our ongoing anti-racist efforts and curriculum updates. We are interested in adventurous and dynamic thinkers and makers with clear artistic interests and trajectories. We welcome applications from artists/scholars from multiple genres of dance practice and performance.

Please note that we anticipate that all classes be taught in person following campus COVID protocols.

General Duties: In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties include holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and interacting with students outside of class time via email and campus web-based course resources.

UC Lecturers are academic appointees in an organized bargaining unit and are exclusively represented by American Federation of Teachers - Unit 18.

The mission of the dance program within the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies is to engage students in critical dialogue and exploration around dance as a transformational practice. Our classes explore not only individual expression and creative production, but also the communities and larger cultural contexts from which dance emerges and is connected to. Broadening student inquisitiveness and critical exploration as well as teaching an expanded understanding of the historical framings of dance/performance from multiple perspectives is central to the curriculum. Our classes include readings and viewings, creative making, and critical reflection. We value experiential hands-on learning as well as tacit and embodied knowledge, and subject-centered classrooms that strive to be ethical, anti-racist, and accessible.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelors degree (or international equivalent degree)

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Masters Degree (or international equivalent degree) or at least 5 years of professional experience

Preferred qualifications

Experience teaching dance technique classes to students who have various levels of dance training and ability; experience and interest in community engagement; experience mentoring and advising students; experience working in collaboration with other faculty members to contribute to the overall curriculum; and understanding of the larger intellectual context of performance and/or dance studies. MFA degree is preferred.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  1. Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  2. Cover Letter - In your cover letter please:

  • Address your relevant experience teaching studio-based dance classes at the college level (or to similar populations), and share some key components to your teaching philosophy.
  • Share concrete examples of your commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) and your experience working with diverse bodies.
  1. Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  2. Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).
  • (Optional)
Reference requirements
  1. 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF03265

Help contact: mlowe@berkeley.edu

Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/ucb-confidentiality-policy) prior to submitting their letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Job location

Berkeley, CA

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