Assistant Adjunct Professor: African Diasporic & Contemporary Dance

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About Mills College:
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

Job Description:

The renowned Mills College Dance and Theater Studies Department seeks an assistant adjunct professor in African-diasporic forms and contemporary dance to join a faculty of artists/scholars committed to dance and theater as transformative disciplines, with the power to reimagine the body, society, culture, and spirit. The successful candidate will embrace hybrid movement practices and interdisciplinarity, and a willingness to provide young dancers and actors the structures, tools, and daring they need to flourish as emerging artists in a precarious time. They will be able to contribute to Theater Studies in a few key classes, and work with the Theater head to find novel ways to amplify each program.

Teaching includes: contemporary technique, movement research, choreographic construction project, Repertory Dance Company work, interdisciplinary collaborations, and embodied movement (theater). Both graduate and undergraduate students are in most classes.

Full time, one year adjunct professorship with advising duties (contract renewal is possible) to begin August 2019.

  • MFA, PhD, or equivalent professional experience
  • Prior teaching at the college level
  • Strong record of choreographic and/or performance innovation, and Commitment to Diversity.
Qualifications include: expertise in African diasporic forms and contemporary dance; a demonstrated track record of creative innovation in the field and the ability to teach courses that may include technique, composition methods, ballet, choreography, and an undergraduate class in communications. The candidate should be at home in an intense mentor-mentee environment that includes both undergraduates and graduate students, and understand the importance of advising.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt position with an FTE of 1.0 Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with college-matching after 6 month qualifying period. Faculty members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Voluntary benefits include: pet insurance, long-term care insurance, legal-assistance insurance, cellular provider discounts and computer hardware discounts.

Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills' non-discrimination policy, please go to

Please note that all positions are subject to a background check.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit the following to
  • Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Interests/Philosophy
  • Links to Work Samples (please note: you can only upload up to 6 "Other" files), and
  • At least Three References with Contact Information
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Posted: 11/7/2018
Application Due: 3/1/2019
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