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Assistant Professor of Dance, tenure track

10/09/2018 10:42 am

The Rockford University Performing Arts Department invites applications for a tenure-track position as Director of the Dance Program to begin mid-August 2019 (Fall Term). The ideal candidate will have experience in teaching dance at the college/university level and professional experience. They must be willing to develop a strong dance program in collaboration with the BFA Theatre track in Musical Theatre. An MFA or terminal degree is required. The Performing Arts Department awards both a BA and a BFA in Dance along with a Dance Minor.

Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate dance courses in both studio and academic disciplines. Expertise in four or more of the following areas is expected; Modern (Contemporary) Technique (all levels) Ballet Technique (all levels), Musical Comedy Dance, Dance History, Anatomy, Kinesiology, Choreography, and Pedagogy. The Director of Dance is also responsible for choreographing two musical theatre productions a year. A dance recital is required in each semester along with the setting of new pieces for the yearly Orchesis presentation. Attendance at casting meetings, rehearsals and performances is required.

The Director of the Dance Program is responsible for the dance budget and for all the adjunct dance professors in the program. They are expected to engage in artistic mentoring of students, academic advising, serving on academic committees, and active recruitment for the Performing Arts Department and Dance Program. It is important this candidate is willing to work collaboratively on projects both within the university and in the community of Rockford at large.

Rockford University is a liberal arts college with 1200 students. Opportunities for professional development and departmental creative work are available. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Rockford University’s search committees and hiring managers are especially interested in candidates who through their research, teaching and/or service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

Applications should include a cover letter; current curriculum and professional vitae; a link to examples of performance and choreographed work; and a list of current references with both email and phone numbers. Candidates are encouraged to read more about the university by visiting the website and to address in their letters of application the ways in which they could contribute to Rockford University’s institutional mission and goals.

The review process will begin January 30, 2019. Submit application materials to