University Faculty Dance
:Full-time, nine-month, tenure-track
position at Weber State University Dance Program
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.
Duties and Responsibilities:
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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Maintain at least five office hours per week.
- Work collaboratively and productively with colleagues.
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.
- M.F.A. or Ph.D. in Dance - requirements for graduation
completed by August 2024.
- Successful teaching experience in higher education.
- Expertise in therapeutic dance, including a strong background
in dance therapy theories, practices, and methodologies.
- 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:
- Asian, South/South East Asian
- Ballroom and Social Dance
- Global Folk traditions
- Hip Hop and street styles
- Improvisation and Somatics
- Indigenous forms
- Middle Eastern
- Modern dance
- Polynesian dance
- T’ai Chi
- Tap and Jazz dance forms
- Demonstrate experience in teaching music for dance
- Bilingual in English/Spanish.
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
Open Until Filled:
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
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:
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letter with a statement of teaching philosophy as related
to your research
- Diversity Statement
- Unofficial Transcripts
- 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
Physical Activity of this position:
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:
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
None. The worker is not substantially exposed to
adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or
To apply, visit https://jobs.weber.edu/postings/21090