Assistant Professor of Dance, tenure track

Location
Granville, OH
Posted
Aug 09, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Department: Dance Department

Job Summary and Requirements: TENURE TRACK POSITION IN DANCE Denison University, a private liberal arts college in Granville, OH, seeks an active artist/scholar to join a transitioning Department of Dance, beginning fall 2019. The successful candidate for this tenure-track position is expected to be an excellent teacher, maintain a productive research portfolio, and contribute actively to the continued growth of both the department and the life of the college. We seek a robust dance practitioner/educator who will bring an interdisciplinary 21st century perspective to courses in embodied creative inquiry, through both movement practices and dance studies. The successful candidate must be able to teach within the current curriculum: composition/improvisation, movement practices, dance production, cultural studies in dance history, experiential anatomy and somatic practices, movement analysis, as well as innovative introductory courses that primarily serve non-majors. All courses in our curriculum blend physical practice and theoretical understandings; this will continue to be a priority. At Denison, the teaching load is 20 credits per year; in Dance this is parsed in 2-credit and 4-credit courses. The successful candidate will also be expected to maintain a clear research agenda that demonstrates growth and development over time, producing peer-reviewed scholarly and/or creative work that contributes to his/her/their field of expertise. At Denison, creative/artistic/performance work is valued in parallel to published research. The Department of Dance is in a period of transition, moving to a new performing arts center while experiencing faculty retirements with replacements. Consequently, the successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in the formation of a new administrative and curricular vision for the department, fostering a collaborative and team-based environment whose aim is to further develop, grow and sustain the department. The following points of interest about Denison may influence the selection of a new faculty colleague: * Mentoring relationships between students and faculty are prioritized. * Evidence of successful teaching to diverse populations will be considered positively. * Experience in teaching writing in the discipline of dance is valued. * Interdisciplinary teaching and/or research, including offering cross-listed courses, are welcomed. * Colleagues who can bring an international scope to our campus through existing or developing relationships are considered favorably. To apply, please send your application materials through our employment portal at: https://employment.denison.edu. Review of applicants will begin December 21, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. A terminal degree--M.F.A. or Ph.D.;is required by the start of the appointment, August 2019, or January 2020. Top preference will be given to candidates whose terminal degree is in the field of dance. Those with degrees in other fields, but with a demonstrated commitment to dance as a principal practice and study, will also be considered. Dance Department The Dance Department is part of a rich Fine Arts Division of five departments (Art History and Visual Culture/Studio Art, Theatre, Music, Dance, and Cinema) that work collaboratively. The Dance Department has been an independent department offering a major, since 1972. With three full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty, an endowed fund to sponsor visiting artists/scholars, and the nationally recognized Vail Series shared among the performing arts at Denison, our dance courses are served by a broad roster of active artists and are open to majors and non-majors alike. We service over 100 students per semester and graduate a small number of majors/minors per year. We are excited to announce the opening of the Michael D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts, fall 2019. Housing the departments of dance, music, and theatre, we anticipate that the new state-of-the-art facility will further support and encourage collaboration among faculty and students in both teaching and creative scholarship. Denison University Denison University is an academically rigorous liberal arts college with an increasingly diverse campus community. It offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. Denison is located in the village of Granville, 30 minutes from Columbus, Ohio, the state capitol, which hosts a wide range of cultural and artistic opportunities. Granville also offers an excellent public school system.

Contact Name: Beth White, Department of Dance

Contact Phone: 740 587 6712

Contact Email: whiteb@denison.edu

Special Intructions to Applicants: We ask that your application include brief initial materials so that we might get to know you better: 1) These are the instructions for the 'writing sample' listed as Required Document #4. Please include a statement of no more than 500 words that will serve as a philosophical and writing sample., Please address a topic of your choice such as: the direction dance might take in academia in the 21st century; the ways in which collaboration might take place among faculty at a liberal arts institution; the vibrancy of dance and interdisciplinarity; the place of technology in the study of dance; dance and public health; the role of tradition and history in dance education; the impact of social, political and economical forces on dance as a discipline; dance and social justice. 2) Please include a list of five courses (including dance, interdisciplinary, and writing courses) that you feel prepared to offer if hired, with a brief (~150 words) description of each. This will be your 'Other document 1.' 3) Please submit a syllabus for a semester-long course that you are prepared to teach. Frame the syllabus with a cover letter of not more than 500 words. For example, share the role of this course, how many students were enrolled in this course, prerequisites and level of the course, what experience students had prior to enrolling, the strengths and challenges of the course as offered, etc. This will be your 'Other document 2.'