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Western Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
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Dec 28, 2021

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Theatre & Dance Instructor of Dance

Category: Faculty       
Department: Theatre and Dance
Locations: Macomb, IL
Posted: Oct 25, 2021
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: FT - Continuous

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,500 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: Position Start Date August 2022

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Department of Theatre and Dance seeks an individual to serve as instructor of Dance. This position will teach all levels of ballet technique. Must be proficient in teaching beginning and intermediate levels of modern, tap and/or jazz. Additional expertise preferred in one or more of the following: improvisation, composition or musical theatre dance. Candidates must possess strong choreographic skills. In addition to teaching expectations, this position serves the thriving Western Illinois University Signature Musical Theatre BFA Program and must have knowledge of Musical Theatre Dance as well as a willingness to choreograph Musical Theatre Productions. The candidate will also be co-advisor to the Dance Minor program and University Dance Company student organization which produces two mainstage concerts and two studio concerts a year. The candidate is expected to create two concert pieces a year for the mainstage. Other job responsibilities include curriculum development, recruitment, professional service, as well as expectations to develop a peer-reviewed body of research and/or creative activity. Active and sustained participation in professional growth and service to the university is expected.

RANK & SALARY: Appointment is an Instructor of Dance. Salary is Competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree or comparable educational or professional experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A preferred candidate is a faculty and student advocate who exhibits the following: Masters of Fine Arts in Dance as well as professional dance credits in performance and choreography. Certification in a variety of dance genres is a plus.

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be "in hand" at the time of application.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a BA in Theatre with options in performance and production/design, the BFA in Musical Theatre, and the MFA in acting, directing, technical direction or design, and minors in Dance, Stage Combat and Theatre. A Department Chair, fourteen faculty members, a technical director, a costume supervisor, and an office manager serve approximately 60 undergraduate majors and 25 graduate students. Three theatres (proscenium, thrust, and flexible) are used for theatre productions. The University has completed the design phases for a new $90 million Center for Performing Arts. The department is NAST accredited and will be undergoing re-accreditation during the 2026 academic year. For more information about the Department of Theatre and Dance, please visit our website:

THE UNIVERSITY: Since 1902, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

Western is a comprehensive university offering 62 undergraduate and 41 graduate degree programs, which includes an Ed.D. in educational leadership and a Ph.D. in environmental science. The University's 442 full-time faculty members teach 94 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses.

WIU-Macomb, IL: A traditional, residential four-year campus with distinctive undergraduate degrees and numerous graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago.

WIU-Quad Cities: The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its non-residential campus in Moline, IL (population 44,000).

WIU's Macomb campus is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region. Annually, 12 major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows are performed, along with outstanding concerts, lectures, presentations, films, dance performances and more. The Gwendolyn Brooks and Casa Latina cultural centers offer programs and activities focusing on Black and Hispanic cultures, while the Women's Center promotes gender equity through education, support and advocacy. WIU's student organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and ally (LGBTQ*A) community provides resources, support and programming. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) Statement of teaching philosophy

4) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

5) Link to video of recent choreography or performance

6) a separate statement regarding your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

7) unofficial transcripts, official copies will be requested of selected candidate

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on November 25, 2021 and continue until position is filled.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Donald Laney, Search Chair at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Human Resources at (309)298-1971 or via email at


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