Assistant Professor of Dance - African Diasporic Movement - Theatre Arts & Dance -University of MN

University of Minnesota - Theatre Arts & Dance -Dance Program
Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 29, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

This is a 100% time, contract faculty position in African Diasporic Movement in the Dance Program in the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota beginning Fall 2021. Appointment will be at the rank of contract assistant professor. The initial term of this appointment is academic year 2021/22 (late-August to late-May), with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Responsibilities.  Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research or other creative work that includes publication, exhibition, or performance; develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses; advise students regarding coursework and broader academic goals; provide service and governance contributions appropriate for the rank of the appointment to the department, college, University, and profession; and contribute to outreach activities that support the University’s mission.

In collaboration with current faculty, this position will contribute to the dance program's ongoing commitment to embracing difference and the global community in its faculty, students, scholarship and practice as a means to broaden and deepen the scope of the program's research, activities, and curriculum and to increase access to dance education for a wider range of students.

Participate in and expand the dance program's active public engagement of one of the United States most dynamic urban dance and arts communities - the Twin Cities - in which it is embedded.

Maintain an active program of research and/or creative activity, help direct undergraduate and graduate research/creative activity, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, advise students and contribute service appropriate to the rank of appointment.

1. Teach an African Diasporic dance course in both fall and spring semesters during the period of the position.
2. Teach a Contemporary dance course in both fall and spring semesters during the period of the position.
3. Teach a Dance Composition and dance production course.  Depending on applicant qualifications one of these courses could be replaced with an Introduction to Dance Course.  One in either semester.
4. Possibly set one work on program students over the course of the contracted period.
5. Assist with rehearsal direction of University Dance Theatre (the program's student company).
6. Attend all appropriate meetings as determined by the Director of Dance. 

7. Participate in the administration of the program along with other full-time faculty as assigned, including but not limited to student recruitment, mentorship and advising.  


M.A. or M.F.A. in Dance or equivalent professional experience and recognition in dance; and at least 1 year of college- or university-level teaching experience or equivalent. A distinguished and active record of creative output and dance pedagogy consistent with the level of this position. Demonstration and understanding of the importance of dance scholarship and training to an undergraduate dance major's growth as an artist, student and global citizen in alignment with the dance program’s mission of Contemporary Dance in Global Contexts.

Equivalent Professional Experience and Recognition:

 In lieu of the M.A. or M.F.A. in Dance, the following may be considered in determining professional experience and recognition in dance: (1) Demonstrated professional distinction in dance instruction, scholarly research and/or creative/performance work in dance over time and evidence of continued distinction; (2) Demonstrated effectiveness as a teacher at the undergraduate level, whose instruction reflects familiarity with the current state of disciplinary thought in dance.


Demonstrated knowledge in Dance Studies from a global perspective. Professional leadership experience. A research agenda which reflects a commitment to intercultural and interdisciplinary embodied arts practices in order to contribute to the flourishing of the West Bank Arts Quarter made up of the University's Departments of Music, Art, and Theatre Arts & Dance. Progressive and successful university teaching experience at several levels to diverse groups, experience developing courses, excellent communication skills, experience with innovative approaches to teaching and mentoring students, evidence of successfully motivating students.

Candidates will be evaluated according to the overall quality of their academic preparation and professional experience; evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher; and strength of recommendations.  

A successful candidate will complement the work of current faculty, whose areas of creative and scholarly research represent numerous geographic and diasporic cultural perspectives. In addition, the candidate should demonstrate an understanding of the importance of integrating performance, scholarly, creative and technical embodied research in the education of undergraduate dance majors.