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Full-Time Faculty in Dance

American University
District of Columbia, United States
Competitive Salary
Start date
Jul 9, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Performing Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University invites applications for a full-time term faculty appointment in dance for Academic Year 2021-2022. Rank will be dependent on experience and stature in the field. The appointment is a 9-month term position and will commence on August 30, 2021.

 Applicants should hold a minimum of a MFA or other terminal degree in dance and demonstrate a minimum of two years of experience teaching in a college setting. The position will require teaching three undergraduate courses per semester (fall and spring). 

 The successful candidate will be committed to the dance program’s pedagogical value system, which is grounded in inclusivity, hosted within the dancing body, guided by creative practice as research methodology, and committed to the multi-faceted learner within a transdisciplinary setting. The faculty member will be expected to teach Histories of Dance, upper-level writing and research courses, and Dancing Body in a Moving World (a Cultural Inquiry CORE course). Additional instruction may include Embodied Knowledge/movement courses, upper-level critical inquiry, dance pedagogy, and/or production courses. Preference will be given to candidates with an active embodied knowledge/embodied research practice within African diasporic, Asian, Indigenous, and/or Latin American dance studies. Additional duties include programmatic service such as level placement, auditions, recruitment, and participation in Department and University activities.

 Salary is competitive. Initial review of applications will begin July 22, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled, subject to ongoing budgetary approval. Please submit applications via: For the initial submission, please include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, sample dance history course syllabus, and one additional syllabus from your area of interest or expertise. Please address materials to search chair Erin Foreman-Murray. Letters of reference and additional materials may be requested at a later date. Please contact Richard Streeks, Administrative Coordinator at if you have any questions.

 The dance program at American University is an innovative and unique program allowing students to approach creative practice and critical inquiry through the foundation of embodied knowledge—acquiring cognitive modalities through the body. The dance curriculum has been structurally and pedagogically designed to creatively enable students to integrate their dance studies within and beyond the university. The program includes a dance major, dance minor, as well as course offerings open to the entire campus community. To learn more about the dance program, visit

 The Department of Performing Arts at American University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Arts Management, Dance, Music, Theatre, and Audio Technology. Learn more about the College of Arts and Sciences at and about the department at

 American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

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