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Assistant Professor- Contemporary African And/Or Latin Diaspora Dance Forms

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Aug 10, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor- Contemporary African And/Or Latin Diaspora Dance Forms

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Position Number: 02352317

Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)

Job Summary
The Department of Dance in the Peck School of the Arts is hiring an innovative dance artist, collaborator, and educator with embodied expertise in African and/or Latin Diaspora dance forms to teach across our curricula. The new faculty member will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Contemporary African and/or Latin Diasporic dance practices as well as other related courses through the lens of their expertise such as: composition, improvisation, student repertory creation, and/or dance history. The candidate should demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in their teaching, and an ability to make cross-disciplinary connections in their course content.

Responsibilities of dance faculty include directing faculty/guest concerts, creating new courses, and contributing to department, college, and university service that includes recruitment, outreach, mentorship, advising, and faculty governance. In addition, faculty will maintain academic and/or creative research and professional engagement with local, state, and national associations. Our faculty engage in dance practice, scholarship, and mentorship that is committed to interdisciplinary research, community engagement, and social justice. Our innovative curriculum integrates multiple dance disciplines and somatic practices, creating a learning environment that prioritizes a balance of body and mind knowledge with informed, creative practice and expression. The faculty strive to locate our research and curricular material in socio-cultural and historical contexts. The Department of Dance produces four dance concerts per year and mentors approximately 55 undergraduate dance majors, 12 graduate students, and 35 dance minors. We offer the following programs of study: BA in Dance, BFA in Performance and Choreography, MFA in Dance, Dance Performance Minor, and Somatics Minor.

Minimum Qualifications
Candidates must have:
• A graduate degree (MFA in Dance or relevant field, and/or MA Dance Education or relevant field with professional equivalent,) by the start of the appointment
• At least 1-year (2 semesters of full course delivery) of teaching in higher education
• Ample experience teaching African and/or Latin Diasporic dance forms
• A professional portfolio that demonstrates recent and ongoing innovations in choreographic and creative research in area of expertise

Preferred Qualifications
Highly qualified candidates may also possess:
• Experience teaching African and/or Latin Diasporic dance forms in higher education
• An artistic practice that emphasizes one or more of the following: interdisciplinary research, community engagement, and/or social justice
• Experience teaching dance history or dance appreciation through a multicultural lens
• Experience in teaching and/or applying one or more of the following: dance technologies, K-12 dance education and certification, application of somatic movement practices, or critical dance studies

Application Instructions
Persons interested in being considered for this position must apply through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Employment Site located at

Completed online application will include the following: 1) letter of application addressing the job requirements, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) contact information for at least two letters of recommendations, 4) one-page teaching philosophy, 5) one sample syllabi from a course taught, 6) one-page work sample description with online links to choreographic samples

This is a continuous recruitment with an initial review date of 10/02/2023. To ensure consideration, applications must be submitted by 10/01/2023. Applications submitted after 10/01/2023 may not be reviewed.

Application Notes
For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.

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UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

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UWM is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. UWM will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin’s Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of “final candidates” and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC and Reference Check Policy

Employment will require a criminal background check. UWM takes the prevention of sexual misconduct seriously. As such, you and your references will be required to answer questions regarding any past findings of sexual violence and sexual harassment or any pending allegations of sexual violence or sexual harassment.

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Employment Authorization

In compliance with federal law, all persons at the time of their start date will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

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