James Madison University — Assistant Professor of Dance – Dance Studies / History

The School of Theatre and Dance at James Madison University seeks a dance history scholar and practitioner for a full-time, tenure-track position to begin fall 2020. Responsibilities include teaching dance history, criticism, theory, and research methods and contributing to the immediate development and design of the Dance Studies area of the Dance Major. Additional responsibilities will include teaching other courses, such as: Dance in the Community; studio technique courses of any genre; Topics in Dance; The Collaborative Artist: Sophomore Studio; Equity, Access, and Inclusion in Dance Education; and/or embodied anatomy. Other duties include participation on departmental, college and university level committees, advising, and recruitment. We are especially interested in candidates who have demonstrated commitment towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

Qualified candidates shall demonstrate:

  • National/international scholarly or creative profile.
  • Record of publication, research, or creative practice in disciplines of dance history, criticism, and/or performance studies.
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching, artistic, and/or research practices.
  • Ability to articulate current trends in the dance industry.
  • Teaching strategies for developing dancers in a liberal arts context.
  • M.F.A., Ph.D, or ABD (to be completed by the time candidate goes up for tenure).

To apply, visit http://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/6549 or go to JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number F1394. Candidates will complete a faculty application and submit a cover letter specific to this position, statement of teaching philosophy, and resume/curriculum vitae, which includes a list of three references (including their contact information). The cover letter should include a discussion of the candidate’s research interests and contributions or potential contributions to diversity within the classroom, program, and university. Applicants are also encouraged to submit work samples of writing or creative work. Candidacy is not active until these steps are completed. Additional work samples or references may be requested later in the interview process. Priority will be given to applications received by November 15th, applications will be accepted until December 15, 2019.

With approximately 22,000 students, JMU is centrally located in Virginia’s beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley, 120 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. JMU is the number two public university in the south, according to US News and World Report. The university has a nationally recognized commitment to undergraduate research and student entrepreneurship. The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) brings together the Schools of Art, Design, and Art History; Theatre and Dance; and Music. Research centers include The Center for Inclusive Music Engagement; The Institute for Creative Inquiry; and The Lisanby Museum. The CVPA is a founding member of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (A2RU). With over 98 full-time tenure-track faculty and 1,200 majors, the CVPA is a vital and collaborative artistic community.

The School of Theatre and Dance, with approximately 270 students, offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in dance, musical theatre, and theatre. The School emphasizes artistic collaboration, artistic excellence, and student-centered learning. A part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and housed in the award-winning Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, the School of Theatre and Dance fosters a collegial environment and intensive, practical training within a liberal arts tradition.

JMU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access employer. We seek candidates who will contribute to the climate and body of diversity in the school and the college. JMU promotes access, inclusion, and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents, and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The University is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support our ongoing commitment to these core qualities. The College of Visual and Performing Arts and the University strives to create an educational environment that inspires responsible citizenship in a diverse world.

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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