Assistant Professor of Dance

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
03 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
01 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University Dance Program: The School of Music, Theatre and Dance has 36 tenured and tenure-track faculty as well as 40 adjunct faculty. The Dance Program offers a BA degree in Dance and resides in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Colorado State University. With two full-time and five adjunct faculty members, the program currently enrolls approximately 35 majors along with servicing students from across the university. The dance program produces two formal faculty/guest artist concerts and two student productions per year. The dance program is a member of the American College Dance Association, the National Dance Education Organization, and the Colorado Dance Education Organization. Colorado State University dance alumni are performing, choreographing, and teaching professionally in a variety of national venues. Currently, the dance program is located in the University Center for the Arts, an exquisite venue for music, theatre, dance, and art performances and exhibitions. The University Center of the Arts is a nationally recognized state of the art 350,000 square foot facility, that includes a 550-seat concert hall, a 275-seat organ and chamber music recital hall, a 320-seat thrust theatre, a 100-seat black box theatre, a 200-seat dance theatre, dedicated rehearsal, production and research spaces, along with classrooms, labs and practice rooms. The University Dance Theatre is a fully convertible theatre that doubles as a 40 X 50’ studio. The theatre is built specifically for dance performances; the only such venue in Northern Colorado and one of only a few in the state. The dance wing also features two beautiful dance studios measuring 60 X 40’ and 40 X 30’, fully sprung Harlequin Liberty Panel dance floors, oak barres, mirrors, audio stations for teaching and rehearsals, grand and upright pianos, world percussion instruments, and natural light. Colorado State University is a land grant institution with a student enrollment of approximately 30,000 students in over 150 programs, and a faculty numbering 1,700. The College of Liberal Arts, within which the school is located, is the largest college in the University. Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, a beautiful city of 150,000 located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. Outside magazine has named Fort Collins an “editor’s choice” for its “America’s Best Towns 2013” edition.

Position Summary

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance (MTD) seeks a full time, tenure track position, assistant professor in dance. This is an entry-level position. The successful candidate will be appointed untenured and at the rank of Assistant Professor with a start date with of August 16, 2017.
Responsibilities include:
• Provides artistic leadership through outstanding teaching, creative scholarship, advising, recruitment, and service
• Teaches dance courses to include all levels of ballet technique and other related areas including pointe, ballet repertory, ballet pedagogy, and ballet history. Teaches choreography and dance appreciation as needed
• Choreographs, stages, and serves as rehearsal director for dance works for the School of MTD
• Serves as artistic director for dance concerts on a rotating basis
• Evaluates and advises students in the areas of choreography and performance for dance concerts
• Participates in the School of MTD events, programs, activities and committees
• Participates in campus and college events, programs, activities and committees
• Participates in curriculum development and revision
• Participates in student recruitment
• Participates in all auditions, juries and other related activities
• Participates in community outreach and engagement
• Attends production rehearsals, meetings, and performances
• Participates state, regional, and national conferences
• Performs other duties as assigned

Required Job Qualifications

MFA in dance. Demonstrated professional accomplishment in the areas of teaching classical ballet technique, choreography, performance, and concert production.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Three or more years of classical ballet experience at university level. The Colorado State University ballet curriculum emphasizes a Vaganova based syllabus and for this position a Vaganova based teaching methodology and approach is preferable, however additional teaching methodologies and approaches with regards to ballet technical training are encouraged. Demonstrated strong classical and contemporary ballet knowledge along with a willingness to embrace and further develop the school’s curriculum. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively well with colleagues. Demonstrated ability to advance the School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, sample of course syllabus, contact list of five professional references (immediately when you apply, references will automatically be prompted to upload a letter of recommendation), and a word document with links to a video of the applicant teaching classical ballet technique for a group of pre-professional students and a video of two choreographic/restaged works by the applicant including contemporary ballet and/or classical ballet. All materials must be submitted digitally. Position will remain open until filled; however, for full consideration please submit a complete application by 11:59 pm, December 5, 2016.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Search Contact Tina Little (970) 491-5562

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching/Advising Duty/Responsibility

Teaches dance courses to include all levels of ballet technique and other related areas including pointe, ballet repertory, ballet pedagogy, and ballet history. Teaches choreography and dance appreciation as needed. Additional teaching responsibilities may be assigned according to the interests and qualifications of the applicant and the needs of the school.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Research/Creative Activities Duty/Responsibility

The successful candidate will be expected to continue an active performing and/or choreographic career, both outside of the university and within the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Service/Outreach Duty/Responsibility

Appropriate university service is expected as is service to the dance profession and outreach to the community.