The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at the California
Institute of the Arts (CalArts) invites applications for a
full-time faculty position as a Regular Faculty member in Hip-Hop
Dance. The successful candidate’s practice and research will focus
on hip-hop, black vernacular, and street dance forms, with
additional expertise in choreography, repertory, or improvisation.
Candidates should have several years of experience or evidence
ability in teaching hip-hop, black vernacular, or street dance
forms and histories to undergraduate and graduate students. The
successful candidate will become core faculty in the School of
Dance, responsible for delivering and revising the curriculum.
Responsibilities will also include choreographing or restaging
works for student performances at CalArts and REDCAT (The Roy and
Edna Disney CalArts Theater, our downtown performance and
exhibition space), and teaching the craft of choreography,
improvisation methods, or somatic practices. In addition to
teaching and the development of performance projects, the
successful candidate will also mentor students, attend the School
of Dance’s public events, attend faculty meetings, and participate
in the daily governance of the BFA and MFA programs, the School,
and the Institute. Experience in dance work in the film,
television, online, and commercial industries is preferred, but not
required. There is potential for this position to oversee the BFA
Program in Dance; relevant experience in program administration is
of interest. Reflecting its experimental mission, CalArts does not
follow the hierarchy of a conventional tenure-rank system but
offers renewable multi-year contracts and a faculty salary
advancement plan (FSAP) and merit program.
The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance houses two of the
nation’s premiere programs for the professional training of
contemporary dance artists: the BFA Program in Dance and the MFA
Program in Choreography. Technical excellence and innovative
artistry are the hallmarks of the undergraduate and graduate
programs. Our curriculum is grounded in one-on-one mentoring by a
diverse faculty of distinguished, practicing artists and scholars.
Through coursework, choreographic residencies, and study abroad,
our students work closely with each other, our faculty, and
internationally renowned guest artists in dance and performance
working to expand the notion of dance itself. In dialogue with all
the arts métiers across campus, the School of Dance is committed to
interdisciplinary collaboration and inclusive, antiracist pedagogy.
Professionally motivated students thrive in concentrated production
seasons of aesthetically diverse work and an atmosphere of creative
exchange. Our students graduate with a sense of personal
creativity, a command of a range of techniques and styles, and
fluency in current debates in dance and performance studies,
continuing onto meaningful, versatile careers in and beyond the
field of dance.
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks to employ
faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the
highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. Across
the range of practitioners from artists to scholars and librarians,
we welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and
cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate
and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities,
perspectives, social identities, and gender expressions. CalArts is
an equal opportunity employer.
The successful candidate will
contribute to both the undergraduate and graduate teaching and
Teaching courses in hip-hop, black
vernacular, or street dance forms, as well as choreography,
improvisation, or somatics.
Choreographing, creating, and/or
restaging work for selected student concerts.
Class preparation and feedback on
Mentoring BFA and MFA students each
semester, including serving on MFA thesis committees.
School and Institute committee work
(service), including attending faculty meetings.
A 3/3-course load.
Maintaining an active and visible
artistic/performance profile and practice, demonstrating excellence
in the field.
Participating in assessment, program
review, and recruitment.
Attending and participating in public
events at CalArts, in Los Angeles, and in the broader Los Angeles
area, including REDCAT.
We seek an artist-educator with a BA, BFA, or MFA degree or
relevant experience in the field, and a demonstrated record of
professional choreography/dance performance projects and
pedagogical experience. The successful candidate will evidence
several of the following:
Active career engaged in the practice
of dance as evidenced by CV (this includes dancing, performing,
choreographing, restaging, and/or collaborating).
Development of innovative approaches
to teaching the history and practice of hip-hop, black vernacular,
or street forms, as evidenced by syllabus, teaching philosophy,
and/or teaching demonstration sample.
At least three years teaching at the
college level or comparable experience through activist community
engagement, workshop facilitation, or other forms of
Programmed or curated projects in
institutional or public contexts.
Candidates for this position must legally be able to work in the
U.S. or be eligible for a VISA to do so.
How to Apply
This position has a starting date on or after July 1st, 2022,
and in time for the start of the Fall semester. Review of
applications begins December 30th, 2021; for full consideration,
apply by that date. Please follow the Interfolio link to apply
and submit the following:
Cover letter describing your interest
in the position, relevant qualifications,
choreography/work/research, approach to teaching, and a reflection
on your past and potential contributions to diversity, equity,
inclusion, and justice through antiracist teaching,
choreography/research, and/or service (750-1000 words).
Link/s to 1-3
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Sample course syllabus or course
Contact info for three
Optional: Link to a teaching
Application deadline is December
All submissions are confidential.
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the
arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video,
Music, and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and
recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is
supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and
provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the
hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist’s growth.
CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first
institution of higher learning in the United States specifically
for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of
visual and performing arts.