Artist in Residence, Dance

Seattle, Washington State
Oct 21, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Dance at the University of Washington in Seattle invites applications for a full-time, Artist in Residence 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 ideal candidate will be able to teach all levels of contemporary ballet technique promoting 21st-century approaches from an anatomically and pedagogically informed perspective. Candidates will have the opportunity to teach other courses of interest and to choreograph for the annual “UW Dance Presents” concert featuring work by faculty and guests. Additional responsibilities include directing 2¬–3 concerts per year, student mentoring, department service, and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: MFA, PhD, DED, DA, MA, or an undergraduate degree with significant professional training and experience, and prior teaching experience, preferably at the college or university level. Candidate must possess effective communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrate interest in administration and collaboration.

Application Deadline and Procedure: Review of applications will begin November 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration all application documents must be submitted by November 15, 2019. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee. For questions concerning this position, please contact Hannah Wiley 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 teaching philosophy
  • Link to a video of you teaching a dance technique class (preferably ballet)
  • 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