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Assistant Professor: Modern Dance

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San Diego State University, Professional Studies and Fine Arts, Music and Dance

Assistant Professor: Modern Dance


The School of Music and Dance is seeking a tenure-track faculty member at the assistant professor level for a Fall 2015 appointment. The position is for a dance artist/educator with expertise teaching contemporary dance technique in ways that consider and creatively approach training for today’s emerging dance artists. The candidate will provide leadership and vision in teaching in all areas of dance curriculum including technique(s), dance-making, theory and performance and provide leadership in the technique(s) area of our integrated and evolving curriculum. The candidate is expected to provide leadership in recruiting outstanding students to the dance program and to maintain active and collaborative relationships with public school, community college and university dance programs throughout the state of California and beyond. The candidate will also promote collaborative relationships among the dance area, music area, and across other university disciplines.  Active and sustained involvement in professional growth beyond the university is expected, as is participation in faculty committees and governance. Possible additional coursework depending upon candidate strengths include: embodied anatomy, hip hop/urban dance, technology for dancers, and development of General Education coursework. The candidate will mentor and direct student work, and integrate somatic practice into technique class.


Earned Master in Fine Arts Dance required with at least one of the following: certification in a somatic modality, on-going engagement with contemplative practice(s), experience facilitating interdisciplinary art-making processes, experience facilitating collaborative dance-making processes, history implementing initiatives connecting dance in/to community(ies). The successful candidate will possess teaching and performing abilities at the highest artistic level. The successful candidate must demonstrate a history of successful recruiting at the university level. The successful candidate will have an ongoing commitment to advancing the profession as reflected in an active research agenda in the area of modern dance. Evidence of commitment to university, public school, and community collaborations is required. The successful candidate must possess superior administrative and organizational skills.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.  SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

Rank and Salary:

Appointment will be at the rank of assistant professor with salary commensurate with qualifica­tions and experience.


Screening for the position will begin on October 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Evidence of the earned MFA Dance should be in-hand at the start of the appointment. Applicants should apply via Interfolio.

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vita
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Three current letters of reference that outline the candidate's fit for this position
  • Reference list of five individuals familiar with the candidate's current professional background and experience
  • URLs to at least 2 online video clips (YouTube or Vimeo) of 20-30 minutes of material that (1) demonstrate the candidate’s teaching skills and techniques and (2) links to a live performance of candidates contemporary modern dance artistic level. Candidates may also submit up to two additional URLs to online videos of unedited (non-commercial) live performances demonstrating their choreographic/performance skills.

San Diego State University:

SDSU is an established and acknowledged leader in the twenty-three-campus California State University system. With more than 6,400 faculty and staff and over 34,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in the western United States. Web site:

College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts:

The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises 10 diverse departments/schools committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors geared to enhancing the human enterprise. The College is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social and technical fields. Web site:

School of Music and Dance:

The School of Music and Dance offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in music (BA, BM, MA, MM, Advanced Graduate Artist Diploma) and dance (BA, BFA.) The School enrolls over 325 majors and serves thousands of general students each academic year through its general education courses, performing ensemble opportunities and public performances. 16 full-time, 15 part-time, and approximately 30 studio instructors deliver comprehensive professional curricula. Web site:

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirement set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


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