Assistant Professor – Dance at The University of Akron

Assistant Professor – Dance at The University of Akron

Job Type
Posting Date
December 21, 2018
Location of Position

Akron, OH

Company Summary

Located in Akron, Ohio, The University of Akron (UA) is one of the largest employers in the region and offers an array of employment opportunities. Here you'll find a metropolitan setting that places you in the heart of a dynamic, regional economy and in sync with the pulse of business, government and the community.

We're committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff by including individuals from varied backgrounds and characteristics, including age, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background. We're also committed to offering competitive salary and benefits packages to qualified candidates.

Duties and Responsibilities

The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre and Arts Administration seeks a dance specialist in African, African-American or Africa Diasporic dance.  Expertise in dance forms may include hip-hop, African-inspired jazz and/or tap, Contemporary African Dance, dances from any region/country in Africa, Afro-Caribbean, street jazz, modern or urban dance. Rank will be at Assistant Professor (tenure track).

Candidates should be able to teach all levels of their genre and two or more of the following: 20th-century dance history, dance education courses, anatomy and kinesiology, somatics (Pilates and/or yoga) or Viewing Dance for non-majors. Additionally, applicants should be able to choreograph or restage work for student performers in on-campus concerts. Applications are encouraged from candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the dance program and university through their teaching, research, and service.

Teaching load is 12 credits per semester. Candidates will be expected to maintain research or creative activity agenda commensurate with a program focused on teaching.  Candidate will collaborate with current faculty in creating curriculum, policy, and practice within the UA Dance Program. Service to the School, the university and the field at-large is also required.  The candidate will be joining the UA Dance Program at an exciting time when the program is writing its next chapter; candidate will contribute to the vision through creating curriculum, collaborating with current faculty and strengthening community ties to the program. Successful candidates will be open-minded to new models of dance education, responsive to innovative applications of the art form, curious in seeking fresh directions and opportunities for dance and nimble in addressing change in higher educational environments.

The School of Dance, Theatre and Arts Administration is part of the Fine Arts Division of Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences and has a long history of excellence in performing, professional practice and teaching.  The School offers undergraduate programs in theater; B.F.A, B.A., and minors in dance; and a graduate program in Arts Administration.  UA is also home to The National Center for Choreography, providing professional artists full access to research facilities and opportunities to develop new work alongside the academic environment.  The Dance Program is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.  More information can be found at

Position Requirements
  • Terminal degree (MFA, Ph.D. or equivalent degree) in dance or related field.
  • Professional performing experience in dance.
  • Experience in teaching dance in a university setting.
Required Experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of research/creative activity agenda at the national level.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the diversity of the dance program and university.
  • Experience with curriculum development, fundraising or student recruitment.
  • Demonstrated clear and consistent communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues with diverse artistic, aesthetic, and philosophical viewpoints and practices.

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Application deadline: Applicants with completed applications by January 15, 2019 will be assured consideration.  This position will remain open until filled.

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The University of Akron is an equal education and employment institution. It is the policy of this institution that there shall be no unlawful discrimination against any individual in employment or in its programs or activities at The University of Akron because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status or status as a veteran.  The University is also committed to the principles of affirmative action and acts in accordance with state and federal laws.