The University of Alabama — Assistant Professor, Dance


RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach studio dance techniques at all levels in modern/contemporary and/or concert jazz styles. Teach one or more of the following dance studies courses: dance technology and digital media, dance history or aesthetics, dance anatomy/kinesiology, dance pedagogy, and choreography. Choreograph original work and/or re-stage masterworks on students for pre-professional company Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre and other dance productions as well as coach student creative work for student-choreographed dance concerts. Participate in recruitment, mentoring and advising of students, committee work, and service to the department and the university. Demonstrate a commitment to teaching in a multicultural environment with students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles. Contribute to the governance and administration of the program. Expectation of significant external creative activity/research. Opportunity to direct summer intensive.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: M.F.A. or Ph.D. in Dance. Strong background in performance and/or choreography. Evidence of teaching excellence in various styles of dance technique and dance related academic courses. Ability to communicate effectively with students and colleagues.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Teaching experience at the college and/or university level. Ability to teach a variety of studio technique classes which could include commercial dance, hip hop, social dance, Contact Improvisation, Gaga, somatic forms, non-Western dance forms, or other areas of expertise. Ability to teach academic dance courses with writing components which could include dance appreciation, dance history, aesthetics, dance technology or film, or other area of expertise. Ability to coordinate or develop community outreach programs. Ability to contribute to and support a new Dance MFA program. Ability to build and maintain a national/international professional presence in the field of dance. Evidence of commitment to collaboration, diversity, and excellence in the arts and higher education.

SALARY: Salary commensurate with training and experience.

THE DEPARTMENT: The dance program resides within the Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of Arts and Sciences. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), the dance program strives to provide students with the opportunity to improve their skills as dancers, communicators, and creative artists and encourages outreach to the community through performances and scholarship activities. There are five full time dance faculty and approximately 200 BA majors in dance. The program produces 5 dance concerts each year and participates in various regional festivals. Opportunities for collaboration with dance, theatre, musical theatre or other faculty and students outside the Department are numerous and encouraged. There are approximately 38,000 students enrolled at The University of Alabama.

LOCATION: Tuscaloosa, Alabama is a city with a metropolitan population of about 100,000 located in west-central Alabama on the Black Warrior River. Stillman College, a four-year liberal arts institution and Shelton State community College, a two-year junior college are also located here. Birmingham, the state’s largest city, is an hour away by interstate highway.

START DATE: August, 2019

APPLICATION: Application review will begin January 1, 2019 and continue until position is filled. To apply, go to and complete the online application. Attach a letter of application, specifically addressing how your qualifications, training, and experience meet the stated needs of the position, and a curriculum vitae. Three current letters of recommendation, links to teaching demonstrations and choreography, and other supporting materials should be sent directly to the Search Committee Chair via email:
Lawrence Jackson, Search Committee Chair
University of Alabama, Dept. of Theatre and Dance
Box 870239
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0239
(205)348-4476 or FAX (205)348-9048

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