Assistant Professor of Dance, School of Theatre and Dance

Montana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 15, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

UM’s School of Theatre & Dance, a production-oriented program committed to seeking candidates who are driven by vision, access, equity, and inclusion, seeks an Assistant Professor of Dance to teach beginning to advanced modern/contemporary dance technique with a somatic-based perspective, all levels of creative practice, and dance anatomy and kinesiology. Additional qualifications in any of the following areas are highly desired: interdisciplinary and collaborative practices, art as activism, dance as a healing art, dance for camera. Other responsibilities include setting choreographic work on students, producing dance concerts, organizing/directing guest-artist residencies, student academic and choreographic advising, administrative duties, serving on School and University committees, and recruitment. This is a tenure-track position.

The School of Theatre and Dance is one of four schools within the College of the Arts and Media, along with the schools of Journalism, Music, and Visual and Media Arts. A BA in dance and dance minors are currently offered. Modern performance spaces include a 500-seat proscenium theatre, a multiform theatre, a fully tech-supported studio theatre, plus one more beautifully spacious dance studio. Support spaces include scenery, props, costumes, lighting, and sound production shops. The Dance Program at UM is a close-knit community of dancers with a supportive, engaged faculty. Our program is of a size that enables ongoing personal feedback to our majors, a critical component of our pedagogical approach. We offer multiple choreographic, performance, and teaching opportunities for undergraduate dance majors on campus, in the greater Missoula community, and at universities throughout the Northwest through our ongoing participation in the Northwest Conference of ACDA.

Situated in the recreational center of Western Montana, Missoula is home to a wide range of renowned writers, visual and performing artists, and outdoor enthusiasts, in addition to being a wonderful place to raise a family. We encourage applications from women, Native Americans, persons of color, persons with disabilities, veterans, and other individuals from groups historically underrepresented in the arts.

Position Details

Tenure Track Faculty: Dance

Title: Assistant Professor
Position Type: Academic
Closing Date: Screening begins 3/15/21; applications accepted until further notice or the position is filled
Full-time academic-year position beginning August 2021
Entry Rate: $47,000
Benefits: Medical Insurance/Mandatory Retirement Contribution/Professional Development/Partial Tuition Waiver/Wellness
Primary Duties: Primary duties include teaching, scholarship, and service. Teaching responsibilities may include a combination of required and elective courses.

  • MFA in dance
  • Certification Program in Laban Movement Studies (title of CMA)
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching
    • Ability to teach all levels of modern/contemporary dance technique in dance degree program, across school-wide curriculum, and for general-education courses
    • Ability to teach all levels of improvisation and dance composition
    • Ability to teach introductory level jazz, ballet, or musical-theatre styles
    • Evidence of excellence in choreography, creative work, and/or scholarly work in dance
    • Ability to mentor students and collaborate with colleagues in the University setting
    • Demonstrated commitment to quality teaching and promoting an inclusive educational environment that affirms the value of diversity

About UM

The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with over 10,000 students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 72,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “ top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000 ” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “ The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” in 2014 . Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life . Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by the ‘Priority Application Date’ will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below

*Please note, only five (5) attachments allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience.
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy
  5. Digital portfolio or website link depicting applicant’s work (performance, choreography and/or teaching)
  6. Transcript for the terminal degree held by the applicant—may be unofficial; finalists will be required to submit an official transcript directly from granting institution

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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