Denison University seeks an active artist/scholar who works within African Diaspora/Africanist traditions to join a vibrant dance program at a private liberal arts college. Successful candidates are expected to be excellent teachers; maintain a productive, ongoing research agenda; and contribute actively to the continued growth of the department and the college. We seek a dance educator who will bring an interdisciplinary 21st century perspective to courses in movement practice, creative inquiry, and dance theory for a tenure track position in the Department of Dance. The successful candidate must be able to teach two or more of the following areas of theoretical/creative inquiry: dance composition/improvisation, cultural studies in dance history, somatic practices, and/or movement analysis, and bring a rigorous physical practice rooted in Africanist cultural aesthetics. (For those seeking to teach sub disciplines in which there are certification programs, our preference is for a certified candidate.) The teaching load of 20 credits per year (parsed in 2 credit and 4 credit courses) is expected to include creating original, cultural, or reconstructed choreographic works on student performers. Experience teaching writing in the discipline will be a plus. Student mentoring is an expectation at Denison, where student and faculty relationships are prioritized. While excellent teaching is an essential component of the liberal arts faculty, a clear research agenda that demonstrates growth and development over time is also an expectation of the University. Our new colleague will be expected to produce peer-reviewed scholarly and/or creative work that contributes to his/her/their field of expertise. With the University’s current internationalization initiative, we welcome a colleague who can bring an international scope to our campus through new or developing relationships. This colleague will be expected to contribute to a collaborative and team-based environment, with a small faculty of three whose aim is to sustain, develop, and grow the department. In addition to responsibilities to his/her/their own teaching and scholarly agenda, the successful candidate will also be expected to participate actively in the artistic, scholarly, and administrative life of the department and serve the greater community of the college in various ways.
Qualifications M.F.A. or Ph.D. Preference will be given to those whose degrees are in Dance or African Studies. Degree expected at time of application or official notification that the degree has been conferred by the start of the appointment on August 1, 2018. Demonstrated evidence of successful university teaching for diverse student populations in various levels of African, African American and/or Africana diaspora dance forms, of teaching in two of the theory lines listed above is desired. For more information and to apply go to: https://employment.denison.edu/postings/1665