The Theater and Performance Studies Program at Yale University
invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position of
Assistant Professor in the History of Dance, with a preferred
specialization in the history of dance in Africa and/or the African
diaspora. Start date July 2021.
In addition to their area of expertise, the ideal candidate will
have familiarity with a range of geographies and cultural lenses in
their teaching and research and bring a global perspective to
networks of embodied transmission and exchange, with a focused
attention to histories of colonization and decolonization
understood through dance. The candidate will lead both broader
survey courses and more narrowly focused seminars, and contribute
to the integration of creative and scholarly teaching and research
emphasized in the program. The candidate will be able to teach
courses on a range of topics, including the intersection of methods
in dance history, topics in critical dance studies, performance
studies, and postcolonial and/or critical race theory. The
candidate will advise student independent study and senior
projects, be available to engage with graduate work related to
dance studies outside of the program, and contribute to the ongoing
operation of the program to foster and grow dance and performance
studies at Yale. The ideal candidate will have an emerging
portfolio of scholarly work within dance history and an interest in
integrating and forging partnerships across the university to
support the deepening presence and role of dance studies within the
humanities at Yale.
Building on the foundation of occasional dance courses offered at
Yale since the early 1980s, since 2006 Theater and
Performance Studies has supported a wide-ranging program in
dance studies. The curriculum consists of studio and seminar
courses that cover the history, theory, and practice of dance.
The dance studies curriculum emphasizes the study of movement as a
window into larger cultural processes and historical frameworks. In
keeping with the mission of Theater and Performance Studies, the
courses combine practical and theoretical approaches to deepening
students’ understanding. In the studio courses, practical execution
in the form of mastering diverse dance techniques, canonical
repertory and choreographic methods is treated as an invaluable
component of research and writing. The curriculum further
investigates the fluid and fraught relationship between movement
and language. Students develop a shared critical vocabulary for
reading, interpreting and writing about dance, even as many of them
learn to communicate their ideas through the creation of original
Eligible candidates will hold a PhD or equivalent degree at time of
hire, in History, Dance Studies, Performance Studies or related
An active scholarly research profile
Experience with teaching and mentoring a diverse body of
Fluency in working with dance studies in interdisciplinary dialogue
with other disciplines in the humanities and arts.
An emerging scholar actively engaged with the professional fields
of dance studies and dance history.
Facility with integrated practice-theory teaching and research
A demonstrated commitment to teaching students from a wide variety
An ability to advise and mentor students from diverse majors in
research related to dance history, African and African diasporic
performance, and global contemporary dance.
A demonstrated commitment to contributing to a healthy and
flourishing program, university culture, and community.
Please submit the following to the application link: http://apply.interfolio.com/80118
Curriculum vitae (CV)
a minimum of three reference letters from outside Yale
A writing sample of published work or unpublished manuscript (20-30
A research statement (1,500 words)
A teaching statement (1,500 words)
1-2 sample course syllabi
Contact information: Emily Coates, Director of Dance.
Review of application will begin November 21, 2020.