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POSITION DESCRIPTION

Assistant Professor, Tenure Track - Posted 05/14/2014
Department of Dance

The Department of Dance invites applications for a tenure-track position in Dance (Africanist/African diaspora) at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning fall 2015; terminal degree MFA or Ph.D. required. We seek an artist/scholar whose work stems from an Afro-centric perspective to join a vibrant Dance department in an interdisciplinary liberal arts environment. We seek a colleague who can offer studio-based courses and dance theory courses in fairly equal proportions; an artist/scholar whose expertise is based in/informed by a form whose movement roots are Africanist, whether traditional or contemporary, i.e.: African, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Caribbean or other African diaspora forms.

Responsibilities:

  • Teach a range (introductory through advanced levels) of dance technique courses
  • Teach dance theory courses, as for example, dance composition, cultural studies, dance history, and/or improvisation
  • Choreograph/set work on students
  • Participate in the artistic, administrative, and scholarly life of the department
  • Advise students and assist in student concert mentorship
  • Participate in departmental curriculum design and development
  • Serve the greater community of the Colleges in various ways

We welcome candidates who can diversify our current course offerings and provide new curricular contributions. The department values intellectual and artistic diversity and supports interdisciplinarity in teaching and research in keeping with the Colleges' longstanding emphasis on interdisciplinary liberal arts education. We encourage the creative development of new questions, new methods, and new lines of inquiry.

As a Dance Department within a liberal arts institution we seek to integrate practice and theory in our course offerings and encourage students to explore both disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth in the field of dance. Our dance technique/studio courses emphasize a kinesiologically sound, somatically based approach to training. We offer courses in Dance for majors and non-majors alike, and seek to develop our students' understanding of dance as a complex and multifaceted discipline. Dance majors (BA) may elect a disciplinary Dance Performance and Choreography major, or one of three interdisciplinary Dance major tracks: Dance Education, Movement Studies, or Theory and Performance Studies. The department also offers minors in Dance. Given our emphasis on Dance as a field that encompasses technique, theory, and creative practice we expect our faculty members to be excellent teachers and proficient artist/scholars who embrace the philosophies of liberal arts education. The Dance Department faculty is currently comprised of four tenured professors, one to two adjuncts, and part time accompanists and theater production staff.

Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree required
  • Terminal degree in discipline other than Dance with professional experience in dance a possibility
  • Teaching experience in the field
  • Evidence of artist/scholar activity
  • Demonstrated interest in teaching in a liberal arts environment

Application Instructions:


Review of applications will begin October 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Expected start date: July 1, 2015. Please send the following documents to Inter-folio's ByCommittee, which is free to applicants at this link http://apply.interfolio.com/25264

  • Letter of application which addresses your qualifications for this position and summarizes your artistic/scholarly identity
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy statement
  • Teaching Interests statement
  • Names and contact information (telephone and e-mail) for three current references

Candidates of interest will be asked to submit graduate transcripts, videotapes/dvds of choreographic work, and/or further documentation of artistic/scholarly work through Inter-folio. Please do not submit additional materials unless requested.

The preferred method of application is through Interfolio's ByCommittee (http://apply.interfolio.com/25264). Questions may be directed to Professor Cynthia J Williams, Search Committee Chair, Dance Department, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 300 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456. Contact email: Williams@hws.edu; Contact telephone (315) 781-3495.
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Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to attracting and supporting faculty and staff that fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek applications from under-represented groups. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or any other protected status.

Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean’s offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions. The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. With an enrollment of approximately 2,000, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program. Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.