Assistant/Associate Professor: ARHU- School of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

College Park, Maryland
Aug 28, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Purpose of the Position: The University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) is searching for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor of ballet and contemporary modern dance to begin August 2020. Candidates for this position are prepared to teach all levels of ballet and contemporary modern dance in a modern dance-based dance program, with attention to rigor, specificity, and discipline. Essential to the position is the ability to demonstrate and articulate the intersections between ballet and modern dance, fostering connections among diverse dance forms, and providing a foundation for excellence in performance and choreography. Candidates understand how to help students situate embodied practice in an academic context. The candidate will teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels for the MFA in dance, BA in dance, and general education students. Required teaching will include ballet, modern, and dance repertory, and additional courses as needed. Other responsibilities will include serving on graduate thesis committees, choreographic mentoring, artistic direction of dance concerts, and other assignments as needed.

The successful candidate will be an active artist/scholar with a strong record of research; a commitment to teaching and mentorship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including working with students and groups from underrepresented backgrounds; and, experience with both institutional service and collaboration with dance and other arts professionals. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas.

Faculty at TDPS are required to be actively involved in School governance, the intellectual and artistic life of the School, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the University community. This search is contingent upon funding. Women, under-represented minorities, and international artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

Qualifications: Applicants are required to hold the MFA degree (fulltime, 60 credit degree preferred), and to have expertise in ballet and modern dance, and/or other dance forms. They must have a minimum of three years of university or college teaching and mentorship of undergraduate dance majors. Applicants must have an active and substantial research agenda that will contribute to the national and international profile of the School of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies faculty. Example of potential research plans might include choreography and creative research, performance, restaging repertory, and/or scholarly publication. (Please go to TDPS.UMD.EDU to see current faculty areas of expertise.) Commitment to participating in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment is essential.

Preferences: Candidates with a demonstrated ability to incorporate diverse perspectives into teaching and creative research are preferred. Experience teaching and advising graduate students is also preferred. Preference to applicants with additional expertise in African/African-American, Latin, and/or Asian/Asian-American dance forms and cultures. Additional teaching expertise in choreography, dance technology, dance for the camera, or other area is preferred.

Salary & Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with experience: The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.

The University of Maryland is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.