Assistant Professor of Dance, Tenure Track, Western Michigan University

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Western Michigan University- College of Fine Arts
Department of Dance
Seeks Candidates for Assistant Professor of Dance – Tenure Track

Qualifications: MFA, or MA with significant professional experience required. Professional jazz and/or modern performance experience and ability to choreograph in jazz and/or modern styles required. Prior college teaching experience required. Ability to teach jazz and modern dance technique courses required. Ability to teach in two or more of the following related areas required: ballet; world dance with emphasis on African and African-based dance; hip hop; choreography; Laban Movement Analysis; improvisation/contact improvisation. Evidence of one or more of the following preferred: scholarly research; interdisciplinary creative and/or scholarly activities; creative and/or scholarly work that includes digital technology. Will be expected to have strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills; a commitment to collaborative work; a working relationship with the professional dance community; and maintain an active career in the profession.

Responsibilities: Teach major and non-major levels in jazz and modern dance technique; choreograph jazz and/or modern dances; serve as rehearsal director for Great Works Dance Project dances; actively contribute to the life of the Department, College and University. Other teaching and non-teaching assignments will be determined based on the needs of the Department and the qualifications of the applicant. Academic year, tenure track position.

Department of Dance: Western Michigan University’s Department of Dance is one of 77 institutions accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. Housed in the beautiful Dalton Center, the department is dedicated to serving undergraduate students. The Department of Dance has nearly 120 students pursuing BA and BFA dance degrees and 55 students pursuing a dance minor. The department also provides dance training for the music theatre majors.

Distinctive features of the department include an equal emphasis on training in ballet, jazz and modern dance, the Great Works Dance Project and the National Choreography Competition. There are numerous performance opportunities such as being a member of a student dance company. The department is committed to providing professional immersion experiences that will help students make a smooth transition from student to dance professional. Students also have the opportunity to work with dance faculty on creative and scholarly research projects and these projects often lead to regional and national presentations. Please visit for additional information.

Western Michigan University: Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Southwest Michigan, is a vibrant, nationally recognized student-centered research institution with an enrollment of nearly 25,000. WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate instruction, has a strong graduate division, and fosters significant research activities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, with an excellent benefits package.

Expected Start Date: Fall 2014

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin March 10, 2014 and continue until position is filled. Please visit for detailed information and application procedures.

Western Michigan University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer consistent with applicable federal and state law.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

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