Dance: Academic Program Director of the Dance Program

Edinburg, Texas
Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Dec 03, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the College of Fine Arts is seeking applications for the Academic Director of the Dance Program to start Fall 2019. The ideal candidate will combine an established record of academic and creative achievement with demonstrated administrative skills to serve as a leader in this program. The heart of the UTRGV Dance Program is its singular commitment to Ballet Folklorico, Flamenco, and Mexican and Spanish traditional dance as well as a commitment to the foundations of dance in ballet and modern dance. The ideal candidate will possess a willingness to chart a strategic direction for the department given the above context in the next 3 to 5 years and engage in curriculum planning. The successful candidate for Academic Director will promote excellence in the program within the university, serve as an active member of the arts community, and mentor faculty in the Dance Program.

UTRGV faculty will be expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to student success and to advancing the university, college, and program missions, as well as a commitment to UTRGV’s guiding principles (, which include promoting access to postsecondary education to a diverse student body and to become one of the largest and most successful Hispanic-serving emerging research institutions in the U.S.A.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate must possess a terminal degree (MFA, PhD or EdD) in dance from an accredited institution. He/she must also possess at least 3 years of substantial administrative experience in higher education. Also required is a demonstrated and active record of scholarly and/or creative achievement on a national and/or international level respective to the candidate’s discipline. Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.

Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate will be a forward-thinking leader with the demonstrated ability to develop a nationally competitive Dance Program and cultivate an environment conducive to growth.
Other preferred qualifications include:
-Previous experience as a department chair
-A proven track record as a qualified administrator
-Demonstrated experience with recruitment at a undergraduate level
-Demonstrated experience in development of new degree plan
-Minimum of 6+ years of experience teaching full-time in an institution of higher education
-A commitment to promoting excellence in research, art practice, and teaching across the undergraduate program
-Ability to contribute to UTRGV’s bilingual, biliterate and bicultural mission with competencies in both English and Spanish language and scholarship.

License or Certification Required? No

Desired Start Date: 09/01/2019

EEO Statement

UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to hire without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. UTRGV takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Diversity Statement

UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.

Open Date: 12/03/2018

Close Date: 02/10/2019

Additional Information: UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may

require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Dear Applicant,

Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

*Date of Birth
*Social Security Number

Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.

Complete all sections on the application. If you are applying for the first time please complete all biographical information including address, email and phone. You may update this at any time by selecting to edit your profile in the application. This is a security sensitive position.
All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted for all candidates invited for an on-campus interview.

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To be complete, the application must include letter of interest, current resume with list of three references for telephone contact by search committee, three current letters of recommendation, philosophy of teaching, and research statement, three letters of recommendations and unofficial transcripts (if selected for the position, official transcripts are required).