Assistant Professor of Dance
The Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University
invites applications for Assistant Professor of Dance with an
emphasis in Modern/Contemporary Dance, a tenure-track position,
starting Fall 2022.
The department of Dance seeks a professional artist with a
national/international performing, teaching, creative and/or
scholarly profile. The successful candidate will have experience
teaching at the university level with a demonstrated commitment to
training pre-professional dancers to be successful in a rapidly
changing and diverse dance industry.
Responsibilities: Must be able to teach all
levels of Modern/Contemporary technique. Candidates must also be
able to teach at least two of the following: dance history,
contemporary partnering, dance composition, improvisation, somatic
practice, dance science, dance technology and multimedia, and/or
dance entrepreneurship. There are also opportunities to teach in
other areas of specialization.
Candidates should expect to work closely with undergraduate
students and be able to communicate effectively to a diverse group,
both orally and in writing. Principal responsibilities include
teaching, staging or choreographing works, and serving on
departmental and university-wide committees. The successful
candidate will be committed to teaching within a vibrant/demanding
conservatory environment and demonstrate the potential for
excellence in teaching, mentoring and creative activity with
undergraduates. All faculty in the Conservatory share in
significant advising and mentoring of students on both academic and
Tenure-track faculty at Point Park University are expected to
conduct creative activity/research in their area of expertise.
These activities include, but are not limited to, research leading
to publication of books and/or articles in academic and
professional journals, performances/exhibitions in the fine and
performing arts, seeking funding in support of research and
teaching needs, and contributing to workshops and conferences.
Qualifications: An MFA in Dance, Choreography
or related terminal degree is desirable, or must be completed by
the end of the fourth year of the appointment. A minimum of 3 years
of successful university teaching and/or extensive professional
teaching experience is required. Must have at least five years of
professional dance experience. Demonstrated creative and/or
scholarly activity in the dance field.
Candidates who can teach codified modern techniques such as
Graham, Limón, or Horton are encouraged to apply. Individuals with
experience working with diverse student populations and/or
committed to diversity, inclusion and equity through student
engagement, teaching, scholarship and service, are of particular
interest to the Department and the University.
About the University: Located in the heart of
one of the most livable cities in the US, Point Park University,
was recently listed as a 2018-2019 college of distinction. The
university is a vibrant, urban campus located at the periphery of
historic Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh, with an enrollment
of approximately 4000 full and part-time students in more than 50
areas of academic study. With over 300 full-time undergraduate
students, the Dance Department is one of three departments in the
University's prestigious and nationally recognized Conservatory of
Performing Arts. The department offers a B.F.A. degree in Dance,
with concentrations in Ballet, Jazz and Modern. Admission is highly
competitive, with students matriculating from 47 states and around
the world. The programs are professionally oriented with rigorous
training in dance technique and a strong academic curriculum, which
provides the skills needed for success in today's world and also
addresses social, cultural, and political issues.
Application: Please forward a letter of
application, Current Curriculum vita/professional resume, statement
of teaching philosophy, list of three professional references with
contact information, and samples of creative work via DVD or URL
to: Search Committee Chair - Department of Dance, Conservatory of
Performing Arts, Point Park University, 201 Wood Street, Suite 625
LH, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or by e-mail to: Dancejobs@pointpark.edu.
If submitting your application by e-mail, please note that the
subject line must state the position for which you are applying.
Review of applications will begin on January 6, 2022 and continue
until the position is filled.
Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States
and not require employer sponsorship.
For additional information, visit http://www.pointpark.edu.
Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity