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Assistant Professor of Dance

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

Assistant Professor of Dance, Department of Theatre & Dance. The University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Dance beginning August 2020. The dance program seeks an artist/scholar/educator/certified somatic practitioner who is committed to the work of decolonizing the university and imagining new futures for dance. We seek a contributor to the curricular, administrative, service and leadership needs of a thriving and collaborative program.  A minimum of 3 years post-graduate college/university teaching, 5 years professional dance experience, and a terminal degree, either an MFA or Ph.D., in dance or dance studies is required. We honor transdisciplinary, social justice, and experimental art practices as research.

Who We Are

We are a well-established, nationally recognized dance program that encourages the pursuit of one’s artistic voice, embodied scholarship, and pedagogical exploration. As a team of imaginarians, we use dance and the body to challenge assumptions about practices, values, technology, sustainability, and personal and global positionality. Our program scaffolds entrepreneurial approaches to art-making based on personal initiative, curiosity, and versatility. We support the vital cultivation of self-awareness alongside a nuanced appreciation of one’s positionality within a global conversation. Somatic studies serve as the integrative tissue in our highly diverse and forward-thinking program. Our department is home to three in-house theatres and a community of artists committed to transdisciplinary collaboration. Our 11-member dance faculty has expertise in film production, intermedia performance, transnational fusion, somatics, Hip-hop, reinvention of contemporary forms, technological engagement, West African Dance, Dance of the MENA regions (Middle East/North Africa), imaginative technical production, and sound composition. Made up of about 120 undergraduate majors/minors and 15 graduate students, the department offers BA, BFA, and MFA degrees in dance as well as BA, BFA, MA and Ph.D. degrees in theatre. The CU campus is a Tier One Research Institution located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, twenty-five miles from Denver. A recent SMU Data Arts study ranked Boulder in the Top 10 of the most vibrant arts communities among medium-sized cities in the country. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Teach within the dance curriculum with somatic expertise, application, and certification. 
  • Teach graduate and undergraduate courses, advise and mentor students on concerts/creative projects in fulfillment of their BFA and MFA degrees.
  • Direct the somatic emphasis for the MFA program, serve on department and university committees.
  • Participate in the dance season.
  • Continue an active presence in the field through further creative and/or scholarly work.
  • Assume the role of director of dance (rotating position).


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

A minimum of 3 years post-graduate college/university teaching, 5 years of professional dance experience, and a terminal degree, either an MFA or Ph.D., in dance or dance studies is required. We honor transdisciplinary, social justice, and experimental art practices as research.         

What We Would Like You To Have

Fluency in one or more of the following: movement practice (all genres valued and considered), somatic science and injury prevention, contact improvisation, improvisation as a generative tool, all levels of composition, community building/outreach, art for social change, performance studies, theoretical and historical conversancy, media studies, the intersection of live performance and technology, and specialization in Latinx performance, history and critical theory. 

Special Instructions

 To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover letter
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy
  4. Statement of research philosophy
  5. Diversity and inclusion statement that addresses how you have contributed to and will contribute to diversity and inclusion in teaching, service, and/or research.
  6. You will be asked by our system to provide three (3) professional references. These individuals will be contacted and asked to submit a letter of recommendation as part of your application materials at a later time. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The application review process will begin on November 15, 2019.

Application materials are accepted electronically via CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.