Assistant/Associate Professor and Director of Dance

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
05 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) has 36 tenured and tenure-track faculty as well as 40 non-tenure track faculty.

The University Center for 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.

Colorado State University (CSU) 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.

CSU 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.

Colorado State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Position Summary

The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD) seeks a full time, tenure track position, Assistant/Associate Professor and Director of Dance. The successful candidate will be appointed untenured and at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor with a start date to begin August 16, 2018. Responsibilities include: Provides artistic and administrative leadership in undergraduate dance division through outstanding teaching, creative artistry and engaged scholarship, and service. Teaches courses in dance technique, pedagogy/dance education, history/aesthetics, and dance science/somatic related areas. Teaches other dance division courses depending on expertise and as needed. Choreographs, stages, and serves as rehearsal and/or artistic director for dance works for the dance division on a rotating basis. Evaluates and advises students including choreography and performance for dance concerts/productions. Serves on the School of SMTD executive committee and participates in SMTD, College of Liberal Arts, and University affairs, programs, activities and committees. Collaborates with faculty and staff in numerous areas including curriculum development and revision, strategic planning, accreditation, advancement, and community dance arts integration and engagement. Contributes to student recruitment, auditions, adjudications, and advising. Participates in state, national, and international conferences and symposiums. Performs other duties as assigned.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in dance or dance education
  • Professional creative/scholarly accomplishment and expertise in the area of dance pedagogy/education
  • Professional creative/scholarly accomplishment in one of the following: dance history/aesthetics, dance science/somatics, choreography, performance, and concert direction and production.
  • Strong classical and contemporary dance knowledge along with a willingness to embrace and further develop the dance division curriculum and course offerings
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to advance SMTD and university commitment to diversity and inclusion through relevant programs, goals and activities
  • Evidence of successful teaching at the undergraduate level.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Demonstrated university dance administration and collaborative leadership experience including curricular development, accreditation and program review, advancement and donor development, strategic and budget planning, community engagement, and recruitment/retention of students, faculty, and staff
  • Experience with the curriculum of teacher preparation programs for state level K-12 dance education
  • Experience with accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should submit:

  • A cover letter indicating experience as it relates to the required and preferred job qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for two professional references (references will automatically be prompted to upload a letter of recommendation once a complete application has been submitted. Please ensure that your references submit their letters by 12/18/2017)
  • Hyperlinks to streaming video of yourself teaching dance technique (5-10 minutes in length) and a video sample of choreography or performance, uploaded together in the “Media” slot. (Online links should be embedded in a word document and should be accessible by direct link (e.g. no further registration is required), through domains such as YouTube or Vimeo)
  • In addition to the above, applicants should provide one of the following: educational philosophy, artist statement, collaborative leadership goals and viewpoints uploaded in the “Statement of Teaching Philosophy” slot.


  • Hyperlink to video samples of engaged scholarship as it relates to any of the following: dance pedagogy, dance science/somatics, dance history/aesthetics uploaded in the “Other” slot. (Online links should be embedded in a word document and should be accessible by direct link (e.g. no further registration is required), through domains such as YouTube or Vimeo)

All materials must be submitted digitally in pdf format, maximum 2 pages per topic

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.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

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

Contribute to the leadership, direction, and growth of well-established undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Dance.

Percentage Of Time 40 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.

Percentage Of Time 15 Job Duty Category Administration Duty/Responsibility

Serve as Director of Dance, including providing administrative leadership in curricular development, NASD accreditation, course scheduling, and faculty/staff supervision.