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Assistant Professor, Dance

Gonzaga University
Spokane, Washington State
$65,590 - $69,963; commensurate with education and experience
Posted Date
Sep 8, 2023

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

The Theatre and Dance Department at Gonzaga University in Spokane WA, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the field of dance.   We welcome candidates who possess strong pedagogical abilities and national professional experience with sensitivity to inclusive, equity-minded teaching practices, and who can effectively teach the impacts and consequences of dance on society, politics, culture, and identity.  We look forward to collaborating with a colleague who is committed to pursuing excellence in teaching that promotes an inclusive learning environment.  We are especially interested in professional experience in teaching styles that go beyond western concert modalities and may include dance forms of African, Latinx, Asian, and other Diaspora.


Gonzaga Dance seeks to educate the whole person through our curriculum, productions, and service. We are a small but thriving program looking for a colleague to join in taking us to the next level. Gonzaga Dance annually produces 6-8 concerts, presents dance companies such as Cleo Parker Robinson and Pacific Northwest Ballet, and has regular service programing through Dance for Parkinson’s, Celebrate EveryBODY, and free after school dance program called ZagDance. In addition to teaching, successful candidates will have an in-depth knowledge in choreographing and/or restaging professional works for concert dance performances.  This colleague will contribute to our introductory theory and methodology courses in addition to teaching our upper-level course offerings for majors and minors (see course and curriculum on department website). In addition, all members of our department share in the responsibility of teaching the University Fine Art Core Curriculum. The teaching load for the tenure-track position is 18 credits per year (9 credits per semester).

As a full-time faculty member, the successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the university mission and ethos of the Dance Department as a student-centered and diverse learning environment through a demonstrated record of empowering, advocating for, and valuing a broad range of students of diverse identities and experiences, as shown through teaching, mentoring, and related activities.  The successful candidate must: Maintain teaching and creative/research activities with continued engagement in professional practices that advances a research profile in creativity, choreography, and/or performance with national and/or international recognition; and contribute to curriculum development, faculty governance, and administrative responsibilities of the School and College.  Thus, we hope to engage with a colleague who has potential for interdisciplinary collaboration with departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences such as Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Native American Studies, Environmental Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, International Studies, and Film Studies. We encourage you to visit for more information about the college.

Additionally, all members of the department contribute to and participate in peer review of teaching activities, department committees, and special projects. Gonzaga University features an outstanding Center for Teaching and Advising that sponsors regular faculty development and education opportunities.

The Dance Department is committed to inclusive excellence, to increasing the diversity of the campus community, and to supporting traditionally underrepresented students in higher education, especially at a predominantly white institution. In alignment with Gonzaga University’s mission, we expect applicants to provide evidence of direct experience and expertise in issues related to social justice, diversity, global engagement, and care for/solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities. Candidates who have demonstrated experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the departmental ethos and campus climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify specific experiences in these areas. Candidates who have demonstrated expertise in issues applicable to diverse populations and direct experience working with underrepresented and marginalized students through teaching, research, mentoring, or administration are preferred.

Required Qualifications:

MFA or PhD in Dance or in a related field with corresponding professional record (ABDs considered with completion by July 15, 2024) Evidence of professional level as a performer, choreographer, and/or dance artist Evidence of effective and reflective college-level teaching Evidence of inclusive, equity-minded teaching practices Active research and/or creative inquiry programming in Dance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Nationally and/or internationally recognized reputation and record of professional accomplishments. Evidence of choreographing and/or restaging creative works for professional concert performances. Collaborative approach to teaching and institutional service ability to communicate disciplinary ways of thinking within a liberal arts curriculum. Evidence of non-western concert dance forms of African, Latinx, Asian, and other Diaspora and dance modalities such as Breakdancing, Capoeira, Bachata, Vogueing, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Ballroom or other forms. Record of teaching expertise in one or more of the following dance practices: Choreography, Pedagogy, Partnering, Dance History, Dance Science, Dance Technology and Digital Media, Career Skills, and Arts Administration.

Job Duties:

  • Teaching load of 18 credits per academic year (i.e. 3 courses per semester). This will include undergraduate dance courses such as technique classes (DANC105, 110, 115, 205, 205, 215), performance-based technique classes (DANC300, 301, 305/405, 310/410, 315/415), courses required for the DANC major (Principles of Dance Conditioning, Dance History, Strategies for Dance Instruction, or Choreography), university core dance courses (Introduction to Dance, Dance: Culture and Art, Interdisciplinary Arts) and electives in the candidate’s area of expertise. Engage in research, creative inquiry, publication, and production appropriate to the candidate’s areas of expertise. Engage undergraduates in this research work. Provide curriculum and career advising and mentoring to the program’s undergraduates. Engage in active recruitment for the program. Support the department, university, and discipline through service, production and other forms of academic citizenship.

Gonzaga University is an internationally prominent university with a faculty dedicated both to innovative teaching and ongoing teaching development and to socially transformative and justice-oriented research. We have a branch campus in Florence, Italy, as well as a robust study abroad program.

Application Procedure:

To apply, please visit our website at Applicants must complete an online application and submit:

(1) a cover letter that includes how your experience might aid in recruitment and career placement for students within and beyond dance performance,

(2) a curriculum vitae,

(3) Statement of teaching philosophy that includes evidence of teaching effectiveness and the use of equitable and inclusive classroom strategies specifically in support of traditionally underrepresented and marginalized students in dance and higher education (e.g. race, ability, LGBTQ+, first-gen),

(4) Copies of graduate school transcripts, and

(5) Names and contact information for three (3) professional references (letters will be requested when finalists are selected).

All application materials must address the candidate’s fit with Gonzaga’s Jesuit, Catholic, and humanist mission (see:


Please direct questions about this position to Suzanne Ostersmith, Chair, Dance, . Position remains open until filled; to ensure consideration, please submit by November 1, 2023, midnight, U.S. Pacific Time. For assistance with your online application, please call the Human Resources department at 509-313-5996.

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is an AA/EEO employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status. Applicants with disabilities needing reasonable accommodations to complete the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (509) 313-5996.


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