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University Faculty Dance

Weber State University
Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Oct 31, 2023

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

University Faculty Dance

Requisition Number: F00368P:

Job Description:
Position:Full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position at Weber State University Dance Program

Job Description:Weber State University's Dance Program seeks a dance educator with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion who can lead and nurture our new Certificate in Therapeutic Dance Program. This faculty position offers a unique opportunity to shape the curriculum, guide student learning, and contribute to the growth and development of an innovative program that combines the art of dance with therapeutic principles, playing a pivotal role in fostering a dynamic learning environment that empowers students to harness the transformative potential of dance for healing and well-being. The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in therapeutic dance, including a strong background in dance therapy theories, practices, and methodologies. The successful candidate will also have dance expertise in teaching technique(s), pedagogy, world dance forms, and cultural competency in an undergraduate academic environment. Enthusiasm for mentoring a diverse population of students is essential, as is holding a passion for teaching dance at all levels, beginning through advanced.

Job Duties:
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Lead, grow, and engage in the design and enhancement of curriculum, infusing courses with innovative pedagogical methods that reflect therapeutic dance practices and cultural context, fostering a holistic approach to dance education.
  • Conduct research in therapeutic dance, including the use of dance/movement therapy as a culturally appropriate and strengths-based therapeutic intervention. Present research findings at conferences, publish in relevant journals, and share insights on the benefits of therapeutic dance.
  • Collaborate with fellow faculty members to establish interdisciplinary initiatives that promote community-engaged scholarship, emphasizing cultural enrichment and inclusivity.
  • Actively participate in institutional committees and activities, advocating for integrating therapeutic dance, cultural diversity, and community engagement into the institution’s mission and vision.
  • Establish partnerships with local community organizations and stakeholders to create meaningful opportunities for students to apply dance as a tool for positive social impact.
    • Develop and maintain working relationships with placements in community organizations through communication and site visits
    • Act as the contact person for supervisors regarding issues/problems with students
    • Visit each site twice per year to troubleshoot and assess whether the site continues to maintain ADTA standards for training

  • Embrace an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution’s (eHSI) dynamic and evolving nature, advocate for Weber State University’s Mission, and champion the institution’s values of cultural appreciation, equity, and community connection.
This faculty position will:
  • Be responsible for twenty-four instructional credit hours annually, including contributions to departmental productions.
  • Mentor at least one student choreographer per year.
  • Advise +-20 dance students in collaboration with SUU academic advisors.
  • Maintain at least five office hours per week.
  • Work collaboratively and productively with colleagues.

Required Qualifications:
Qualifications:The successful candidate will demonstrate the value of diverse aesthetics and contemporary training practices. The department is especially interested in candidates invested in culturally relevant teaching who can teach broadly within their discipline and are committed to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts environment.

  1. M.F.A. or Ph.D. in Dance - requirements for graduation completed by August 2024.
  2. Successful teaching experience in higher education.
  3. Expertise in therapeutic dance, including a strong background in dance therapy theories, practices, and methodologies.
  4. Expertise in teaching diverse dance techniques, dance appreciation, and cross-cultural dance. Expertise in one or more genre-specific dance forms such as, but not limited to:
    1. African
    2. Asian, South/South East Asian
    3. Ballroom and Social Dance
    4. Global Folk traditions
    5. Hip Hop and street styles
    6. Improvisation and Somatics
    7. Indigenous forms
    8. Latinx
    9. Middle Eastern
    10. Modern dance
    11. Polynesian dance
    12. T’ai Chi
    13. Tap and Jazz dance forms

Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Demonstrate experience in teaching music for dance course(s)
  2. Bilingual in English/Spanish.

Background Check? Yes

Benefits Summary:
WSU offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement, a wellness program with release time and paid incentives, tuition benefits, free tickets to athletic and performing arts events, and paid holidays.

Full/Part Time: Full Time
Open Date: 09/14/2023
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Notes to Applicants:
If you are passionate about what you could offer and accomplish here at WSU, we would love to hear from you. The position comes with a generous benefits package.

Application materials should clearly address the required and preferred qualifications of the position. To apply, please complete the online application and attach the following documents:
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter with a statement of teaching philosophy as related to your research
  3. Diversity Statement
  4. Unofficial Transcripts
  5. Contact information for three professional references

Screening of applications will begin October 30, 2023. Position will remain open until filled.

Criminal background check required as a condition of employment.

Physical Activity of this position: Maintaining equilibrium to prevent falling. Walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. Amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium. , Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles. , Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees., Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine. , Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction., Standing. Particularly for sustained periods of time. , Moving about to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another., Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward. , Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion. , Operate, activate, use, prepare, inspect, place, detect, or position. , Grasping. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm. , Feeling. Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips. , Expressing or exchanging ideas. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important instructions to other workers accurately or quickly. , Ability to receive detailed information with or without assistance.

Physical Requirements of this position: Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Visual Acuity Requirements including color, depth perception and field of vision: Required to perform activities such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; using a computer terminal; extensive reading.

The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position: None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

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