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Assistant Professor of Dance

Point Park University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 20, 2021

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


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: 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.


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Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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