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Continuing Track Assistant Professor of Dance, Department of Theatre

University of Delaware

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Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job no: 499448
College / VP Area: College of Arts & Sciences
Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark/Hybrid
Categories: Theatre, Full Time



The Department of Theatre at the University of Delaware invites applications for a full time Director of Dance, at the rank of Assistant Professor, continuing track. The successful candidate will possess an M.F.A., Ph.D., or equivalent professional experience in a dance-related discipline. The Director of Dance will be committed to creative work, research, and pedagogical practice, and contribute to the development and teaching of a diverse and inclusive undergraduate dance curriculum. The successful candidate should have a broad perspective on the field of dance. Candidates with expertise in multiple genres of dance practice and performance, community-based/socially engaged practice, and/or technology/digital studies are welcome. This position begins August 16, 2023.


The Director of Dance will report to the Chair of the Theatre Department and will be instrumental in guiding the efforts of a well-respected faculty to establish a strategic vision for dance education and scholarship within the context of the College of Arts & Sciences and University of Delaware strategic initiatives. The Dance program strives for an inclusive and equitable culture. We seek a candidate dedicated to incorporating diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in their work, with a priority on student success. The successful candidate will oversee and manage program finances, resources, and facilities Additionally, they will guide ongoing efforts to diversify and modernize current curricula. The director will oversee the implementation of these efforts and the recruitment and retention of students in the program. The director will also create and/or or seek out professional learning and scholarly/creative initiatives for faculty and staff.


  • Terminal degree (M.F.A. or Ph.D.) in dance, dance studies, or equivalent professional experience in a dance-related discipline.
  • Leadership, administrative, and supervisory experience, including strategic and financial planning, curricular innovation, and recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Distinguished record of creative or scholarly achievement in dance commensurate with a faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
  • Demonstrated excellence in post-secondary teaching.
  • Evidence of an active, ongoing program of creative/scholarly research.


    Housed within the Department of Theatre, in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware, the Dance Minor ( provides students with a comprehensive dance education that includes opportunities to perform, choreograph, conduct research, and teach in school and community settings. The curriculum includes technique, composition & choreography, with elective choices in the historical, cultural, pedagogical, and somatic areas of dance. Coursework is flexible and adaptive for a large range of students. A unique aspect of the program is a required interdisciplinary capstone wherein students combine their dance interest with content from their major course of study. For qualified students, the capstone may be the basis for an honors senior thesis.

    The College of Arts and Sciences ( at the University of Delaware offers exceptional educational experiences including integrated instruction, research and public engagement. With 24 academic departments and more than 25 centers, programs and institutes, the College serves close to 7,000 undergraduate students and over 1,000 graduate students with CAS majors, but also every single University student through foundational course work. The College’s 600 faculty members emphasize the enduring value of an arts and science education and share a deep commitment to excellence in scholarship and all forms of creative and intellectual expression. The College has departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and features outstanding research and teaching facilities. Faculty and staff encourage, and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and students engage local, national and global audiences through research and creative activity. With annual research expenditures of approximately $38 million and growing, the College currently houses several large, interdisciplinary grants with significant funding from the NIH and NSF.

    The University of Delaware ( is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education, combining tradition and innovation. The university recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees and in supporting its academic mission. We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from educators from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


    Review of applications will begin November 6, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Please upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. For additional information, contact the Acting Director of Dance, Kimberly Schroeder at [email protected].


    Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package ( is one of the best in the nation.


    The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

    Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
    The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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