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Associate or Full Professor, Dance Theory and Pedagogy

Cornish College of the Arts
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Dance Department of Cornish College of the Arts seeks an experienced artist-scholar and administrator to join its dynamic department. The ideal candidate will contribute their expertise in dance analysis, history/theory, professional practices, and culturally responsive pedagogy to the ongoing process of curriculum revision and program development, while being adept at teaching across the undergraduate curriculum. This advanced position will also participate in student mentoring, engage in recruitment efforts, and provide service to the College. All Dance faculty are expected to foster a positive, caring, equitable learning environment where difference and pluralism are valued and all students have opportunities to be successful learners.

The mission of Cornish is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation and discussion of the arts.

Our programs provide depth and breadth of training, freedom to experiment, and the space to develop a unique creative identity. Students develop healthy and sustainable practices necessary for working artists. Join this dynamic team and be a part of the growth and development of our talented students.

Job Responsibilities


  • Teach up to 18 credits per year, to include at least 3 credits that satisfy General Education curriculum requirements.
  • Teach coursework pertaining to dance pedagogy, history/theory, professional practices, general education, and other courses determined in consultation with the department.
  • Make full and informed use of instructional technology and as needed, participate in training and development.
  • Supervise professional placements for dance internships.


  • Serve on College-wide committees.
  • Serve in a leadership capacity in the department, Faculty Senate, and/or at the College-level.
  • Attend departmental meetings.
  • Contribute to the Annual Program Review process.
  • Mentor junior faculty in the development of their research profiles.
  • Attend recruitment events to include teaching auditions and master classes.


  • Engage in research, such as creative practice, scholarship, research, or scholarship of teaching.
  • Provide collaborative research opportunities for students within Dance and other disciplines.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MFA in Dance.
  • Demonstrated experience teaching dance at undergraduate level (minimum of six academic years, 54 months).
  • Demonstrated evidence of national/international standing within the profession, including, but not limited to such things as publications, awards, fellowships, and positions.
  • Demonstrated effective collaborative, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated administrative experience within the academic context, including outcomes-based assessment practices.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the student experience.
  • Demonstrated experience transforming curriculum and teaching practices to be more inclusive and equitable.
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely and effectively with a diverse student body, faculty, and staff.

Department: Dance

Reports To: Academic Affairs / Provost

Interested applicants complete Cornish Employment Application Form

Also submit the following to: Roy Brown at or 1000 Lenora Street, Seattle, WA 98121 phone: 206-726-5004

Application Procedures

Please submit the following materials to

  1. Cover letter addressing the requirements of the position description (3 pages maximum).
  2. Curriculum Vitae, including courses taught noting course level and position title (e.g. full instructor, teaching assistant).
  3. Teaching Philosophy (1-2 pages).
  4. Contact details for three professional references.
  5. Cornish College of the Arts Employment Application
  6. Accepting applications until January 22, 2022.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural community comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

Cornish College of the Arts operates under a Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated with the Cornish Federation of Teachers (CFT). All faculty compensation placement abides by the salary scale negotiated with the CFT. Faculty participate in College governance via the Faculty Senate.

Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy not to discriminate in education or employment on the basis of gender, race, national origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

The College strictly prohibits and does not tolerate any form of discrimination. Persons who are found to have engaged in discriminatory practices are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
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