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Instructor of Dance and Assistant Director of the MFA Dance Program

Hollins University
Roanoke, VA

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Instructor of Dance and Assistant Director of the MFA Dance Program

(posted 2/11/22)

Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia invites applications for the position of Instructor of Dance and Assistant Director of the MFA Dance Program. This is a full-time, non-tenure-track, three-year, renewable position beginning June 1, 2022. Please visit this web page to learn more about Hollins; its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; faculty development; the university’s students; and the Roanoke Valley.

Position & Qualifications

Teaching responsibilities encompass undergraduate and graduate courses in dance, including contemporary dance and/or ballet technique. Applicants must offer expertise in at least three areas of undergraduate and graduate core curriculum: undergraduate/graduate seminar, dance history, contemporary creative practices/processes, performance studies, dance and the environment, or dance technology/dance for the camera. Candidates must also be able to discuss dance as a corporeal knowledge, cultural language, imaginative expression, and performance art.

The position will serve as coordinator for the undergraduate program and assistant director for the MFA in dance program (position includes MFA Dance summer engagement at Hollins). The position will also maintain and/or cultivate relationships with professional associations and area schools/teachers to facilitate visibility and recruitment, and will maintain a visible profile and active program of scholarly and/or creative activity.

Applicants must have a MFA, MA, or PhD in dance or a relevant field with a performance background and teaching experience in higher education or a substantial professional performing career. Experience in writing and a readiness to participate in all administrative, strategic, and programmatic activities of the department are essential.

About the Dance Department/Program

At Hollins, dance extends far beyond its traditional boundaries. Students learn to think of dance as a dynamic form, full of possibilities for growth and innovation. Members of the Hollins dance community are encouraged to discover, refine, and celebrate who they are as artists. With an emphasis on transdisciplinary study, the program aims to support a wide variety of student interests by offering outstanding studio classes, an international visiting artist roster, and extensive opportunities to perform and craft. The university offers a 60-credit M.F.A. program that gives students an opportunity to immerse themselves for five weeks at Hollins and three weeks in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Please visit and for more information about the BA, BA/BFA, and MFA dance programs at Hollins University.

About Hollins

Hollins University is one of the nation’s most dynamic and diverse historically women’s colleges with an undergraduate student population that includes 33% US-American students of color, 37% Pell-eligible students, 38% first-generation college students, and 9% international students. Known for its creative and highly engaged student body and its commitment to inclusive academic excellence, Hollins prides itself on its nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate and gender-inclusive graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational college experience.

Hollins University is highly ranked for student participation in alumni network (#5 private schools, Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges for 2021), internships (#12 private schools, Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges for 2021), and social mobility (#16 in U.S. News Best Colleges 2022). Hollins University’s Batten Leadership Institute and the Rutherfoord Center for Experiential Learning provide students with robust access to multiple networking and career preparedness opportunities from leadership development to internships to study abroad.

Application Process

Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three current letters of recommendation (at least two of which must speak to teaching ability) to Jeffery N. Bullock, Hollins University Dance Department chair ([email protected]). The selected candidate will be asked to submit official transcripts to the Office of the Provost and will also be subject to a criminal history background check. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply.

For more information about Hollins, please visit our website.


Working at Hollins University

Hollins is an independent liberal arts university dedicated to academic excellence and humane values. Hollins University offers undergraduate liberal arts education for women, selected graduate programs for men and women, and community outreach initiatives. The Hollins curriculum and cocurricular programs prepare students for lives of active learning, fulfilling work, personal growth, achievement, and service to society.

The Hollins community sustains talented students engaged in challenging study, and productive scholars and artists devoted to teaching and to the advancement of knowledge. Experiential learning, study abroad, and internships enhance the academic program. The hallmarks of a Hollins education are creativity and effective self-expression, problem solving and critical thinking skills, and independent inquiry and the free exchange of ideas.

Hollins nurtures civility, integrity, and concern for others, encourages and values diversity and social justice, and affirms the equal worth of women and men. Our university motto, Levavi Oculos, calls us to leadership and service in accord with the Hollins values and traditions.

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