Dance Department: Three Year Appointment Lecturer I

Apr 20, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Dance Department: Three Year Appointment Lecturer I

Job Class Code: 10050
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1170
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position: 3 years
Tenure Status: Non Tenure Track
FTE: 1.0

Scope of Job:
We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's diverse student body as an Lecturer I - 3 year non tenure track position. This position is a continuing appointment position renewable upon successful periodic performance evaluations. Renewal is subject to budget availability in the Dance Department for the Edinburg/Brownsville campus beginning in the Fall 2021-2022 academic year.

Job description:
The Department of Dance at UTRGV is searching for a full-time faculty member to join the program. The primary responsibilities for the position include teaching all levels modern/contemporary technique and courses in somatic practices, as well as dance appreciation; the ability to teach music for dancers and/or dance production is desirable. Additional responsibilities include regularly creating new choreography for students and advising students. An MFA or PhD in Dance and strong record of professional experience are expected.

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.

About UTRGV:
It is UTRGV's Vision “To be one of the nation's leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual university, with exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.” As such, UTRGV is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff that can contribute to an enriching learning environment that strives for more equitable outcomes for student success.

UTRGV is a distributed campus, one university spanning four counties and multiple locations. Our purpose is to be a university for the entire Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Over 91% of the students enrolled at UTRGV identify as Hispanic, making UTRGV one of the top 3 universities with the highest percentage of Hispanic students.

Thanks to a steadfast commitment to safety and success, UTRGV yielded record-breaking outcomes in enrollment and student success in the fall 2020 semester. For additional information, please visit our

Department/College Background
The UTRGV Dance Program is situated on the Edinburg campus, and offers both a BFA in Dance, a BA in Dance, and a BA with Teacher Certification. It provides a broad coverage of dance training, including dance technique, improvisational and choreographic skills, music for dancers, historical and cultural dimensions of dance, dance production, dance science, and theories of dance. The multi-cultural emphasis of the program makes it unique among most dance programs offering a curriculum of technique classes in Ballet, Modern, Mexican Folklorico, and Flamenco. The Dance Program has approximately 70 declared majors and numerous dance minors. Highly visible aspects of dance at UTRGV are the dance performance companies. The nationally and internationally recognized Ballet Folklorico is one of the most active and distinguished organizations on the UTRGV campus. Along with the Ballet Folklorico; the Dance Ensemble, the Ballet Company, and the Cuadro Flamenco, provide live dance concerts, performances, lecture demonstrations, workshops, and expertise to the community-at-large, the state, and the nation.

Minimum Qualifications:
The successful candidate will hold an MFA in Dance from an accredited institution of higher learning.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
Experience in two or more of the following areas: Yoga/Pilates, Modern Dance, and Ballet Folklórico; Dance Production and Music for Dancers.”

Preferred Qualification:
• Ability to teach additional courses such as dance production, music for dancers, dance technique in one or more of the following forms, ballet, jazz, Mexican folklorico, and dance performance.
• Demonstrated university teaching experience.
• Demonstrated strong choreography experience.

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: No
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 04/19/2021

EEO Statement:
EEO StatementUTRGV 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 StatementUTRGV 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: 04/19/2021

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. Security sensitive; 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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Required Documents
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. List of 3 References: Include reference to the candidate’s teaching experience, Name, Title and Contact Information
3. Letter of Interest
4. Unofficial Transcripts: (once selected for hire, official transcripts from all levels will be required).
5. Teaching Philosophy: Philosophy of Design Education
6. Other Document: Most recent teaching evaluation, 20 examples of professional work and 20 examples of student work, any applicable research, and publications

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.

Please Note:
Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing system (IELTS). Incomplete applications will not be considered. All positions are subject to budget approval.

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