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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF DANCE IN HIP HOP

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Position Number:

007599

Working Title:

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF DANCE IN HIP HOP

Classification Title:

9-Mo Tenure-Track/ Tenured Faculty

College:

Col of Arts & Architecture (Col)

Department:

Department of Dance

Position Designation:

Faculty

Employment Type:

Permanent - Full-time

Months per year:

9

Primary Purpose of Department:

The Department of Dance provides exemplary liberal arts educations for students who desire professional and personal engagement with dance as cultural practice, art form, and interdisciplinary subject. Dance works in support of four goals:

1) Inspire creativity and intellectual growth in students as future artists, teachers, scholars, and global citizens through degree and certificate programs in dance.
2) Contribute knowledge in bodily practices to the broad range of skills needed to achieve career goals, commit to life-long learning, and enrich quality of life.
3) Model professionalism, diversity, and mutuality through faculty achievement, curricula, and departmental culture.
4) Provide meaningful and inspiring opportunities for dance students and university and local communities through public performance of artistry and scholarship and community partnerships.

Vacancy Open to:

All Candidates

Description of Work:

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate goals.
Teaching, Advising, Curriculum and Instructional Development – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching may include but are not limited to: subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, advising and consultation, directing student research, curriculum and instructional development, and grading student work.
Scholarly Research, Creative, and Other Professional Activities – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in expanding the knowledge base of her/his academic field by conducting research or engaging in other creative activities as appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to research may include but are not limited to: research/creative activity that generates new knowledge and/or synthesizes and/or integrates existing knowledge, publication, an on-going agenda for research, scholarly, and creative activity, and are expected to seek extramural support for their work.
Service to University, the Public, and the Profession – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to engage in a program of service appropriate to their discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to service may include but are not limited to: service to the administration and governance of the University, public service, and service to the profession.

To view the complete Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty document visit our website: http://provost.uncc.edu/academic-budget-personnel/handbook/search-committee

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department of Dance at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte invites applications for a
full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor to start August 2022. The candidate must deepen our
curricular commitment to African Diasporic dance forms by teaching Hip Hop and related
dance, culture, and aesthetics (may include but is not limited to Hip Hop, Wacking, J-setting,
Vogueing, Breaking, Popping, Locking, etc.), and contribute to the curriculum in another area of
study such as African-Caribbean, African-Latine, or Jazz; commercial dance; or media arts. We
seek a colleague with an authentic and embodied practice of Hip Hop and related forms, who is
able to contextualize students’ understanding of the forms as stemming from African diasporic
lineages with distinct socio-cultural and historical frames.

Our new colleague may play a key role in a planned interdisciplinary MFA in Civic Practice and
Community-Centered Art. A record of art-making in community contexts, sustained work with
diverse communities and arts institutions, and development of new programs and collaborative
partnerships is preferred. As a faculty member at an R2 research institution, our new colleague
must show promise of a distinguished research agenda, and be prepared to contribute to
curriculum development, faculty governance, and the administrative life of the department,
COAA, and university.

Minimum Experience/Education:

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:

Required qualifications include an MFA or PhD in dance or related field;
professional experience as a performer or choreographer, and community arts
practitioner/ artrepreneur; established research agenda with the promise of national and
international distinction; and two years of teaching at the university level.

Essential Skills
Faculty seek a colleague who demonstrates expertise in
1. Authentic Hip Hop practices in community and/or professional settings.
2. Community-engaged arts practices
3. An additional pedagogical area such as media arts, commercial dance, musical theater, or other African diasporic forms in practice and theory. Needed contributions include choreographing for musical theatre productions and Department of Dance student concerts, and teaching history and theory of African and African diasporic forms, choreography, improvisation, traditional jazz dance, or digital and media skills for artists.

Additional skills valued by UNC Charlotte Dance:
• experience integrating theory and practice in research and teaching;
• professional experience with choreography and production processes; and
• demonstrated ability to work across dance as cultural practice, art form, and
interdisciplinary subject, and to teach a diverse student body in a liberal arts
setting.

As a full-time faculty member, the successful candidate must:
• maintain successful teaching and creative/research activities with continued
engagement in the profession;
• participate in curriculum development, faculty governance and the administrative life of the department, COA+A, the university, and in Charlotte-based
communities;
• demonstrate commitment to collaboration and have excellent organizational,
interpersonal, and communication skills; and
• be reviewed annually; along with third year reappointment review and sixth year
tenure/promotion review.

The Department of Dance actively seeks to increase its numbers of underrepresented faculty.
For priority consideration, applicants should apply by December 1, 2021.

Additional supporting materials (teaching portfolio; links to professionally compiled performance
or choreography and teaching videos; statement of experience, philosophy, and interests
related to community-engaged arts practices,) will be requested from finalists. Application
materials will not be returned.

Application Materials
Electronic Application: www.uncc.edu/jobs Position 007599

1. Cover letter addressing the requirements for the position
2. Current curriculum vitae
3. Statement of teaching experience, philosophy, and interests
4. Statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments
5. Official transcript of highest degree
6. Three letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. For
more information regarding the Department of Dance see: coaa.uncc.edu. Please direct
electronic inquiries to Jennifer Jacobs at [email protected]

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral, research intensive university located
in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. Charlotte is an arts integrated city with
numerous arts organizations and cultural and entertainment facilities, among them Blumenthal
Performing Arts Center, Levine Museum of the New South, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for
African American Arts+Culture, and Carowinds.

One of sixteen campuses in one of the oldest public university systems in the United States,
UNC Charlotte is located on an expanding, modern campus. It offers over 29,000 students a
wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Department of Dance is part
of the UNC Charlotte College of Arts+Architecture, a community of visual and performing artists
and design professionals. The College models excellence in teaching, scholarly and creative
research, and performance in five creative disciplines: architecture, art and art history, dance,
music, and theatre. The College is a vessel for curious individuals and skilled problem solvers
who care about the impact of our work on people and the complex social challenges we face.
The Department of Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an AA/EOE and an ADVANCE institution that
strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and
maintained. It values diversity that includes age, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race,
religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. All candidates are subject to criminal
background checks. All qualified individuals are welcome to apply.

Job Open Date:

10/26/2021

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Date Review of Applications will Begin:

12/10/2021

Proposed Hire Date:

08/01/2022

Organization

About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link: https://diversity.uncc.edu/

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link: https://diversity.uncc.edu/sites/diversity.uncc.edu/files/media/Campus%20Plan%20for%20Diversity%2C%20Access%2C%20and%20Inclusion%202016.pdf

Optional text if space allows….

Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:

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    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.

       

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