Lecturer in Jazz Dance

Job description

Lecturer in Jazz Dance

Job no: 502667
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Music & Dance
Union: MSP
Categories: College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description

The Dance Program in the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a highly motivated, dynamic dance artist and educator with an established reputation in jazz technique, to teach multiple, advanced-level studio and academic courses in jazz/vernacular dance styles.

This is a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure-track lecturer position to begin on September 1, 2020. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal.

The ideal candidate will be at the front of the jazz dance form, connecting to the historical, contemporary, cultural, and African Diasporic aesthetics that are central to today’s dance studies. With an emphasis on Jazz training that complements the existing curriculum, the position supports expanded dance styles found at the heart of popular culture, commercial dance, and concert dance.

Additionally, the successful candidate will have an extensive performance, choreographic and educational experience whose teaching, creative research experience, and service demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. The candidate will have a record of successful collaboration and community engagement with a broad knowledge of current practices in dance and a strong commitment to dance/art advocacy.

The candidate’s current creative practice and research expertise will complement the mission of preparing BA/BFA dance majors for careers as artists, researchers, and educators. The candidate will therefore be expected to collaborate in the expansion and promotion of the undergraduate BA/BFA programs, including teaching and team-teaching undergraduate dance courses, curriculum review and development, student mentoring, direction of student concerts, and participation in the Five College Dance Consortium as needed. Assignments will depend on the candidate’s areas of expertise and the needs of the department/program.


  • MA/MFA within the field of Dance or equivalent professional experience
  • College-level or professional teaching experience
  • Professional performance/choreographic experience
  • Demonstrated expertise teaching jazz/vernacular dance forms at multiple levels

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in teaching and/or developing any of the following courses: Dance Composition, Improvisation, Dance Production, Dance Technology, and Career Preparation, Critical &/or Cultural Dance Studies for General Education courses
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor BFA and BA dance majors toward a significant level of creative and academic mastery
  • Research background and teaching shows evidence of a forward-thinking pedagogy for multi-genre performers
  • Demonstrated record of successful collaboration and community engagement

Additional Information

Salary is competitive and commensurate with teaching experience and qualifications.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) teaching philosophy; 4) statement describing experiences with and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness; 5) sample syllabus; 6) video samples of at least one teaching and one choreographic work; and 7) list of three current professional references, familiar with your recent work and teaching, with full contact information including valid email addresses.

Additional supporting materials may be requested from finalists. Application materials will not be returned.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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Posted: 10/5/2019
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