Assistant Professor of Dance

Seattle, Washington State
Aug 27, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Dance at the University of Washington in Seattle invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Dance to start in September 2020. This position has a nine-month service period.

The UW Department of Dance is growing and changing. We currently serve 65 majors in our BA program, 90 minors, and six graduate students earning MFAs. In addition, we serve over 800 non-majors each year. Our students, staff, and faculty aspire to create a community built on respect, equity, collaboration, and empathy. We recognize that diversity is essential to the existence and prolificacy of dance, and critical to the creation of a more just and inclusive dance field. By striving to promote an environment welcoming to people of all cultures, races, sexes, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities and/or expressions, ages, religions, and economic statuses, we believe creativity, critical thinking, and self-expression can thrive. To that end, we are working on a re-visioning of our department that involves conversations and trainings about equity, inclusion, and access, as well as the ongoing diversification of our curriculum, faculty expertise, and concert programming. Successful candidates for our assistant professor position will demonstrate evidence of commitment to advancing these goals.

Responsibilities: The candidate will be able to teach at least one of the following forms at all levels: African and/or African Diasporic forms. Must also be able to teach one or more of the following: Dance Studies, Dance History, Composition, Research Methods. Candidates will have the opportunity to teach other courses of interest.

Additional responsibilities include concert direction, student mentoring, department service, participation on MFA supervisory committees, and other duties as assigned. Duties also may include choreographing for the annual “UW Dance Presents” concert featuring work by faculty and guests. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

Qualifications: MFA, PhD, DED, DA, MA, or an undergraduate degree with significant professional training and experience, a record of creative and/or scholarly activities, and a minimum of one year prior teaching experience (part-time acceptable) at the college or university level. As a Research I university, UW seeks to hire distinguished faculty members with outstanding qualifications who are developing and maintaining an ongoing professional career. Candidate must possess effective communication and interpersonal skills, and have expertise in building collaborations at multiple levels and with diverse constituencies.

Application Deadline and Procedure: Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration all application documents must be submitted by October 15, 2019. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee. For questions concerning this position, please contact Rachael Lincoln at [email protected]

Candidates should submit the following information:
• Comprehensive CV including brief descriptions of courses taught
• Cover letter
• A statement of no more than 500 words about your research interests
• A statement of no more than 750 words about your commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access as these relate to your research, teaching, service, and mentoring
• Four references (contact information – no formal letters)

All information should be submitted online to

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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