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Artist in Residence, Dance

Salve Regina University
Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 24, 2023

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About Salve Regina University:

Salve Regina University, ranked as one of the most transformative colleges in the United States by Money Magazine, is a comprehensive Catholic University located in the scenic coastal community of Newport, Rhode Island. The University's commitment to academic success and personal discovery extends beyond its historic campus into a dynamic world where the application of higher thinking and skill are most valued. Salve Regina offers bachelor's and master's degree programs, graduate certificates, and doctoral programs in humanities, international relations and nursing. Enrollment includes more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world.

Job Description:

With approximately 100 majors and minors, the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance contributes vibrantly to the Salve Regina academic and cultural landscape. Our B.A. and minor in dance offer an innovative curriculum within a liberal arts environment where embodied practice intersects with theory, history, creative process and interdisciplinary learning. With a focus on jazz dance studies, our dance program acknowledges and honors the West African roots and African American origins of jazz. In alignment with the mission of Salve Regina, we strive to offer an education that is inclusive, culturally responsive and antiracist. Our students develop into empathetic, critically conscious artists empowered to impact their communities in ways that promote equity and justice.


Salve Regina University's Department of Music, Theatre and Dance invites applicants for a full time Artist-in Residence. The successful candidate will have teaching experience and artistic practice in one or more of the following dance forms: jazz dance; a jazz-adjacent dance form including but not limited to tap or hip-hop; West African dance or a dance form of the African diaspora. The preferred candidate will have demonstrated experience teaching jazz studies and practice from a rooted perspective where jazz is situated within its historical and sociocultural contexts in relationship to Africanist aesthetics, jazz music, and the values and spirit inherent in the jazz language.

We seek a colleague who is committed to helping students become well rounded artists, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens within an inclusive and engaged community. The ability to work collaboratively with faculty and students across music, theatre and dance is essential. Experience collaborating with jazz musicians is a plus. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrable history as a dedicated educator and a record of social consciousness.

  • Teach a 3/3 load (9 credits per semester). Teaching will include two or more of the following areas: movement practice classes (West African, Hip Hop, Rhythm-Generated Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Theatrical Jazz, Commercial Dance, Tap, Social Dance, Musical Theatre Dance, and/or Modern/Contemporary), dance composition, jazz theory, dance history, dance pedagogy.
  • Choreograph and direct annually for department dance productions or the spring musical theatre production (to be determined annually based on the expertise of the successful candidate and the needs of the department).
  • Assist in advising and mentoring dance majors and minors.
  • Participation in Department of Music, Theatre and Dance planning, auditioning/recruitment, retention of students and additional service-related efforts as they arise.
  • Actively engage in the university community and culture.
  • Keep abreast of progress and developments in the field of dance.



Required :

An undergraduate degree and a minimum of three years teaching undergraduate students.

Preferred :
  • A terminal degree in dance (MFA or PhD).
  • Evidence of a national and/or international body of work in research and/or choreography. Ability to make cross-disciplinary connections in course content and contribute to the University's core curriculum by teaching courses that center historically marginalized perspectives and/or community-engaged learning.

Additional Information:

Salve Regina University offers generous benefits to eligible employees including (waiting periods apply):
  • health, dental and vision coverage available on the first of the month following date of hire
  • 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA with employee and employer contributions as well as access to advising services
  • long-term disability coverage
  • employer-paid life and AD&D insurance
  • up to 100% free tuition at Salve for eligible employees and qualified dependents
  • robust wellness program and free access to the on-campus Fitness Center
Other available benefits include:
  • supplemental life insurance for employees and dependents
  • supplemental insurance coverage through Aflac
  • Tuition Exchange scholarship program. Application available for qualified dependents of eligible employees working full-time
  • discounted pet insurance through ASPCA
  • student loan forgiveness assistance program (SAVI)
  • employee Assistance Program through Coastline EAP
  • flexible spending health and dependent care accounts
  • health savings accounts
  • 529 collegebound saver program
For more detailed information on Salve's benefits, visit .

Salve Regina University strives to cultivate belonging values through diversity, equity inclusion in order to foster a welcoming culture for our staff, faculty and students, as well as the wider community. Salve Regina University embraces all people with grace. No matter the path traveled to get here, the University acknowledges that many identities will intersect. Salve Regina belongs to all in its community.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online by providing the following:
  • a cover letter speaking to the candidate's positionality in relationship to jazz, and perspective on how previous experience and expertise can contribute to the jazz-focus of the curriculum and the Mercy mission of Salve Regina University
  • curriculum vitae
  • one sample syllabus
  • link to website and/or web links to online videos of recent teaching and/or choreography
  • list of three references
Salve Regina University, as a comprehensive Mercy, Catholic University, welcomes people of all beliefs and encourages students to work for a world that is harmonious, just, and merciful. In your cover letter, please highlight how your teaching, scholarship, leadership, and service might serve to support the University's mission and its commitment to diversity, dialogue, and lifelong learning. Pre-employment background checks and reference checks are required of successful candidates. Salve Regina University participates in E-verify . ( Spanish )

Applications will be reviewed starting on December 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.



 Salve Regina University

From our cornerstone mercy mission to the classic ideals of our liberal arts approach, tradition matters at Salve Regina. It’s woven throughout our 80-acre campus, embedded in our historic buildings and infused in the culture of Newport, Rhode Island.

Tradition at Salve Regina means we remember where we began. Since our founding by the Sisters of Mercy in 1934, we have grown to a community of more than 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students who proudly carry forward our mission in their personal and professional lives. Fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, we are committed to fueling the imagination and encouraging the academic ambitions of our bright and curious students.

At Salve Regina, tradition blends seamlessly with progress. We empower students to explore their talents through diverse academic offerings, student organizations, service initiatives and athletic teams. Our collaborative learning environment and vibrant campus community inspire the pursuit of excellence and breach the limits of personal potential.

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