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University of Michigan
  • Position Number: 1665539
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Theatre and Dance

Assistant / Associate Professor of Dance

Job Opening ID: 179696
Work Location: Ann Arbor Campus
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
FLSA Status: Exempt
Organizational Group: School Music
Department: SMTD Department of Dance
Posting Begin/End Date: 10/15/2019 12/01/2019
Paid Time Off:
Career Interest: Instructional - Regular
The Arts

How to Apply
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Deadline: December 1, 2019

Job Summary
Duties: The Department of Dance at the University of Michigan seeks an experienced dance teacher and artist who is actively engaged in defining what dance is, and what dance can be through deep physical investigation. Embodied research should drive the applicant's work as a dancemaker, thinker, and critical pedagogue. We welcome an artist working in contemporary forms of dance who also is informed both by the histories of these forms and the innovative possibilities that can result from this investigation. This includes dance artists working in dance forms that investigate race, and gender and sexuality, particularly those of the Africanist, Asian, and Latinx diasporas and practices. We require an individual with a national and/or international profile, who will work to deepen and extend the department's connections to the professional field, both nationally and internationally. This artist may assist in the department's ongoing efforts to expand its connections with the local and regional communities, incorporating pedagogical investigation, engagement, and assessment. This individual will contribute to the advancement of the department's commitment to diversity and inclusion. In the area of research, our colleague should contribute and develop choreography for concert stages and/or other venues, collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, and investigations of the theoretical underpinnings of contemporary and/or historical dance practices. In the area of teaching, our colleague will teach in the areas of physical practice, choreography, collaborative artmaking, and pedagogy to a diverse population of students, including those in BFA, MFA, and liberal arts programs. Additional areas of teaching expertise could include: somatics, creative technologies for dance, and commercial dance, among others. In terms of service, our colleague will demonstrate leadership in both undergraduate and graduate programs, curriculum development, advising, and governance within the department, college, university and the professional field.

Rank: Assistant/Associate; tenure-track/tenured

Position: Physical Practice, Choreography, Critical Pedagogy

Required Qualifications*
MFA in Dance, or related fields, with significant work as a choreographer, dance artist, with teaching experience in dance technique, choreography, or critical pedagogy; in addition to developing and working in interdisciplinary research teams, mentoring members of underrepresented groups, and leadership in one's dance community. A commitment to nurturing a broad range of students of diverse identities and experiences, as demonstrated through pedagogy, service, and other activities.

Additional Information
About the School of Music, Theatre & Dance: As a comprehensive performing arts school set in one of the world's finest public institutions of higher education, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) is deeply engaged in the creation, practice, scholarship, and pedagogy of music, theatre, and dance. We aim to provide leadership, nationally and internationally, in all three fields. We assert and celebrate the value of the arts to the mission of the University of Michigan. The SMTD is strongly committed todiversity and inclusion as a means of achieving and sustaining excellence.

About the Department: As a dance program in a Research I University, the Department of Dance at the University of Michigan seeks to engage its students in contemporary dance through choreographic and performance exploration, creative use of technologies, and reimagining the documentation of dance traditions. The University of Michigan Department of Dance is housed within the internationally renowned School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and is one of the oldest dance departments in the country and a founding member of the National Association of Schools of Dance. We introduce students to intersecting investigations with courses in varied movement and choreographic practices, repertory, dance studies, dance pedagogy, cultural studies, dance and new media, and theory and analysis. The breadth of our program values diverse perspectives and prioritizes educating students in a comprehensive way within the lively discourse of a major research university. Faculty are encouraged to use the university's deep resources to develop initiatives that expand perceptions of dance and that center embodied research within the university and beyond. We seek to have a bold commitment to cultural, racial and ethnic diversity that is reflected throughout our curriculum and in the recruitment of faculty, students and staff.

Our department is staffed by seventeen tenure-track faculty, adjunct educators, international guest artists, visiting scholars, and eight graduate associates. We serve seventy-five BFA undergraduates, eight MFA graduate students, fifty-five dance minors, in addition to over two-hundred general university students. Our facilities consist of four studios and the Power Center for the Performing Arts which serves as our mainstage concert space. We also collaborate with artists through The Duderstadt Media Commons which provides access both for students and faculty to a motion capture lab, video studio, and audio recording facilities. In 2021 we will be moving to our new facility located on North Campuswith the Music and Theatre Departments of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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