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Assistant Professor, Dance

Employer
Skidmore College
Location
Saratoga Springs, NY

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Faculty Jobs
Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The Department of Dance at Skidmore College invites applications from qualified candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor. 

Start Date: September 1, 2024 

Application Deadline: Priority will be given to applications received by September 8th 2023, at 11:59pm

Pay Rate: $75,000 - $85,000

Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic discipline (faculty pay ranges reflect 9-month annual salary).
  • Unique applicable skills.

Job Description: The Department of Dance at Skidmore College seeks a dance educator with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, who can facilitate technical expertise and cultural competency in an undergraduate academic environment. Enthusiasm for mentoring a diverse population of students is essential as is holding a passion for teaching dance at all levels, beginning through advanced. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in teaching classical and/or contemporary ballet at all levels, providing evidence of anatomically sound and progressive/inclusive pedagogy, as well as teaching dance composition/ choreography. The preferred candidate will also have experience in at least one additional form of technical practice. Additional responsibilities include creating work for departmental concerts, advising independent research and senior Coda projects, participation in Skidmore College’s core curriculum, including the First Year Experience Scribner Seminar, and participation in both departmental and college governance. 

Qualifications: A terminal degree is required (MFA or PhD) with at least two years of previous experience teaching in higher education. Professional experience is preferred and we recognize that “professional experience” can encompass many kinds of work in the discipline of dance. 

To Apply: A complete application should include: 

1) a cover letter speaking to the candidate’s experience and qualifications. 

2) a current curriculum vitae. 

3) evidence of excellence in teaching—this evidence may include but is not limited to syllabi with teaching evaluations and a teaching reel of no more than 10 minutes. 

4) 3 brief statements (2-page maximum each):

a) teaching philosophy and pedagogy

b) diversity, inclusive teaching, and cultural competency

c) research and scholarship (including artistic practice) and future directions/interests—this may include a choreography sample of no more than 10 minutes. 

6) Names and contact information for three professional references that speak to the qualifications of the candidate’s teaching and/or artistic work. 

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by September 8th at 11:59pm. 

 

EEO Statement

Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.

CREATIVE THOUGHT MATTERS.

 

Organization

Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates—approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 states and 46 countries.

A great education is all about putting academic theory and creative expression into practice. That’s what our founder, Lucy Skidmore Scribner, believed. Skidmore’s not an ivory tower. Never has been. Never will be. It’s a place where faculty and students work together, then figure out how to use what they’ve learned to make a difference in the world. This practical focus often leads to cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, where students carry multiple majors, student-faculty research is common, and internships and community service are standard. It also leads to interesting and unusual combinations of activities, frequently woven into an intellectual passion.

If this kind of experience resonates with you, why not take a closer look at Skidmore?

Skidmore College is located in the historic resort community of Saratoga Springs, New York.  Set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga is located about 30 minutes north of Albany, the state capital. 

Saratoga is a small, cosmopolitan city of 30,000, noted for its Victorian heritage, famed spas, and thoroughbred horse racing.  The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a site of top rock, jazz, and pop performances as well as the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Saratoga is a three-and-one-half-hour drive, train ride, or bus trip from New York City, Boston, or Montreal.

 

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