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Dance Tenure Track 2022-23

St. Olaf College
Minnesota, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Aug 5, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Other Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Dance at St. Olaf College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in Dance at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2022. 

We are looking for an innovative, versatile teacher and artist scholar with depth and breadth of experience in African/African Diasporic dance theory and practice and evidence of integrating these into their teaching and research. The candidate will mentor undergraduate students academically and artistically, as well as stage choreographic and performance works for a varied student body. MFA in Dance or Ph.D. in Dance or a related field in hand or near completion by start of appointment.

The department is particularly interested in applicants who can and will advance the college’s goals for diversity, equity and inclusion. We request that in the letter of application, candidates address their potential to contribute to the St. Olaf community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. We strongly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and people of color and members of other underrepresented groups in accordance with our equity goals.

The normal teaching load will include a mix of studio and lecture courses. Regular teaching responsibilities include studio classes in African/African Diasporic dance, hip-hop, and other contemporary practices at all levels and leading to a depth of student experience. Lecture based courses could include the historical and socio-cultural contexts of the above-mentioned dance forms and some of the decolonizing principles associated with them. Other dance courses might include Introduction to Dance, Dance in the United States, Senior Dance Seminar, and Creative Practices (movement composition and improvisation). There are also opportunities to teach cross-disciplinary courses in Race, Gender, and other areas. All faculty share responsibilities in directing/choreographing dance productions; mentoring dance major projects for all class years, for example First Year Dance Project, Senior Capstone Projects and others; creating original choreography for students; participating, coordinating, and accompanying students to regional and national conferences such as ACDA, CORD, and NDEO; and advising students academically. Additionally, tenured faculty will share in leadership responsibilities for the department. The candidate will be expected to maintain robust artistic practice and scholarship.

Applicants must submit materials online at A complete application includes:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • Writing sample
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (1 page describing your approach to teaching)
  • URL link to a video example of your teaching and/or creative work
  • The contact information for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in teaching, scholarship, and creative work. (St. Olaf solicits letters directly after an initial round of screening.)

Review of applications will begin on January 11, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Finalist interviews are expected in March 2022. Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to Heather Klopchin, Search Committee Chair, at Applicants who need assistance with the online application process should call 507-786-3356.

The Department of Dance is a small, collaborative department committed to teaching and presenting dance as a vital form of human expression, understanding, communication, and interaction; all of which are central to the liberal arts and fine arts traditions. St. Olaf is a charter member and an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance. The St. Olaf College B.A. in dance guides students toward lives and careers with strong physical, creative, and analytical skills at their foundation. As a result, dance majors come away from St. Olaf College with the ability to perform with professional companies or as freelance artists; to pursue graduate study in choreography, performance, teaching; or move into areas such as dance therapy, the healing arts, and somatic studies. They enter related fields such as arts management, psychology, physical therapy, environmental studies, media, and more.

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community.

St. Olaf College is proud to be:

  • One of only three small liberal arts colleges that offer fully-accredited majors in art, dance, music and theater
  • Included in multiple editions of Colleges that Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College
  • An institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
  • Ranked #1 among baccalaureate colleges in the number of students who study abroad
  • One of the top producers of Fulbright U.S. students among liberal arts colleges
  • Ranked #20 for best undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report, 2018

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.


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