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Adjunct Faculty - Dance (Hip Hop, Tap, and Jazz)

Dean College
Massachusetts, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Jun 9, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
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Employment Type
Part Time
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Company Description:

Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity to discover and exceed their greatest aspirations.

A personal and transformative community since 1865, Dean tirelessly inspires our students to unimagined heights through personalized support and integrated delivery of academic, co-curricular and experiential learning.

Our graduates are lifelong learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership.

This is The Dean Difference.

Consistently recognized as a Top Regional College and a Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report and named a College of Distinction for four consecutive years, Dean serves approximately 1,200 full-time students and 300 part-time students and offers more than 50 combined bachelor's and associate degree programs and specializations, as well as a robust schedule of continuing studies and certificate programs throughout the year.

Dean College is perfectly situated in Franklin, Massachusetts, which is conveniently located between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island and is accessible to Boston by commuter rail. The Dean College/Franklin station is only a five-minute walk from campus. Approximately 90 percent of the College's student population lives on campus.

Dean provides a supportive academic environment that thrives on student engagement and exceptional teaching. The Dean Difference is exemplified through each student's commitment to their professional futures, social responsibility and leadership. Outside of the classroom, students participate in 16 athletic teams and more than 30 on-campus groups and organizations.

Ninety-six percent of our bachelor's degree students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within 12 months of graduation. Alumni are hard at work in top-ranked graduate programs and are employed by organizations such as Universal Studios, Dell Technologies, Liberty Mutual, Kraft Sports + Entertainment, the Boston Ballet, and more.

Job Description:

The Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance is looking for dynamic, experienced, student-centered educators to teach assigned lower and upper division studio-based courses, in Jazz Dance, Hip Hop, Classical and Contemporary Modern Dance, Contemporary Partnering Techniques, Tap Dance, Ethnic and Cultural Dance forms, Dance Composition and Choreography, Dance Pedagogy, LMA, or Pilates.

The College seeks Adjunct Faculty who focus on experiential learning and active engagement in their classrooms. Adjuncts chosen to teach at Dean College create a compelling and professional learning environment for students of diverse learning backgrounds.

All faculty will be expected to make active use of the learning management system Canvas at least at a minimum level established by the college. Adjunct faculty are expected to hold one office hour each week for each section they teach. The adjunct pay rate is $3,200 per section for a course that meets for the equivalent of three contact hours weekly during the semester.

The Palladino School of Dance provides a course charter with course objectives and learning outcomes and sample syllabi.  Adjunct Faculty in Dance positions are filled as needed, based on student enrollment. Candidates may need to be available to begin teaching on short notice. The Fall semester begins early September and ends in early December.

The course descriptions are as follows:

DAN 191 - Hip Hop I: This course offers training in a variety of hip hop techniques, practice in freestyle, and exposure to character development and performance techniques for dancers. The course also furthers students' understanding of the historic and cultural development of hip hop and the music that has influenced the genre.

DAN 192 - Hip Hop II: This course offers further training in a variety of more advanced hip hop techniques, practice in freestyle, and character development and performance techniques for dancers. The course also builds on students' understanding of the historic and cultural development of hip hop and the music that has influenced the genre.

DAN 243 - Tap III: This course provides training in the intermediate techniques of tap dance.

DAN 244 - Tap IV: This course continues training in the intermediate techniques of tap dance.

DAN 345 - Tap V: This course provides training in the intermediate/advanced techniques of tap dance.

DAN 263 - Jazz III: This course provides training in the intermediate skills of a variety of jazz techniques.

The courses we are specifically looking to fill are as follows:

  • Hip Hop I - Monday and Wednesday - 3:30-4:45 pm
  • Hip Hop II - Monday and Wednesday - 5:00-6:15 pm
  • Tap III - Tuesday and Thursday - 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
  • Tap IV/V - Tuesday and Thursday - 12:30-1:45 pm
  • Jazz III - Tuesday and Thursday - 12:30-1:45 pm
  • Jazz III - Tuesday and Thursday - 2:00-3:15 pm


  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field, required;
  • A graduate degree in a related field and/or extensive professional experience in a related field, preferred;
  • COVID-19 Vaccination, required;
  • Experience teaching at the college level both in person and online, required;
  • Strong computer skills, required;
  • Ability and willingness to be responsive and supportive to students through college online resources and digital tools, required;
  • Experience with or willingness to learn Canvas, our learning management system, and classroom media, required;
  • Expertise in learner-centered teaching, required;
  • Experience using technologies and/or strategies to enhance pedagogy, required;
  • Experience and ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse student body with a variety of learning styles, required.

Additional Information:

Dean College is an equal-opportunity, Title IX institution and pledges to recruit, select and promote diversity by providing equality of opportunity in higher education for all persons, including faculty and staff with respect to hiring, continuation, promotion, and applicants for admission, enrolled students and graduates without discrimination or segregation.

The College is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students, faculty, and community members. All employment decisions are made on a non-discriminatory basis. Dean College prohibits discrimination and harassment based on sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, work-related injury or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in College programs, services, and activities. A pre-employment background screen is required for all employees.

The Assistant Dean of Students, located on the second floor of the Campus Center, telephone 508-541-1841, coordinates the college's compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 Act.

The Director of Human Resources on the first floor of Dean Hall, telephone, 508-541-1681 coordinates the college's compliance with titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and amendments, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

The Dean College Athletics Department is a Division III member of the NCAA and competes as a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), and complies with all NCAA Division III Rules and Regulations.

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