Associate Professor in Dance

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Arts/Museum
Department:13040100 - COTA-THEATRE-CHAIR

Classification Title:

Associate Professor

Job Description:

Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities include all levels of Modern/Contemporary Technique, Dance Composition, and Repertory. The teaching load is 3/3. Organizational and administrative contributions to the dance program and the school; direction and/or participation in the organization of annual dance concerts, showcases, and festivals. The faculty member will be expected to mentor undergraduate students in their choreographic processes and/or Senior Projects; create works for student dancers; and guide students in exploring the creative process.

Further responsibilities include: continued engagement as a dance professional; innovative scholarly and creative research contributing to professional profile in the field on national and international levels commensurate with advancement toward promotion; commitment to teaching excellence and creative collaboration; active participation in shared governance; effective student recruitment, guidance, and retention; as well as professional service.

SCHOOL OF THEATRE + DANCE: The light-filled, state-of-the-art Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavillion is home to the School of Theatre + Dance (SoTD). The School’s international full-time faculty of 25 recognized artists and researchers, complemented by adjunct and guest faculty and staff, including full- and part-time professionals. The School features two degree programs in dance designed to develop the individual voice of the dance artist. The degrees in dance provide a foundation in ballet, jazz, modern, West African, Laban Movement Analysis, composition, anatomy, and dance history. The BFA degree in Dance Performance includes four interlocking streams of dance study: choreography and performance, intercultural dance studies, dance and medicine, and dance theatre. The School’s new BA in Dance Studies facilitates a broad range of interdisciplinary studies in combination with dance. Current enrollment of dance majors stands at approximately 70 students. The School offers MFA curricula in acting and in design/technology, which includes scene design, lighting design and costume technology; BFA programs in acting, musical theatre, scene design, lighting design and costume design; and a BA in general theatre. Approximately 200 students major in the artistically diverse curricula of the School of Theatre + Dance. Through its production program, outreach and innovative programming, the School of Theatre + Dance provides multiple cultural opportunities annually to thousands of members of the University and the greater community. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. For more information, visit

CENTER FOR ARTS IN MEDICINE: Housed in the College of the Arts, the Center for Arts in Medicine (CAM) is committed to advancing research, education and practice in the arts in healthcare, locally and globally. It is the mission of the Center to facilitate research, education and training in the use of the arts to enhance the healing process, to further develop arts in healthcare as career options for artists and to promote art and creativity as catalysts for developing healthy lifestyles through local, regional and global outreach. The Center provides a framework for interdisciplinary collaboration among University of Florida faculty and students, healthcare providers, clinical artists and our local and global communities. The Center develops and effects interdisciplinary research studies and educational curricula on all levels and serves as a national model for the arts in healthcare research, education and training. The Center’s robust programing provides additional employment opportunities and supplemental income through research, study abroad and summer training programs. For more information, visit

CENTER FOR WORLD ARTS: Founded in 1996, UF’s Center for World Arts (CWA) advances diversity and internationalism in arts praxis, policy, research and education. Recognizing the power of the artist to articulate the unique human condition, the CWA values arts processes as critical resources to shape and interpret our interconnected—but not unified—world. In dialogue and exchange with artists, scholars, diverse cultural communities and interdisciplinary partners across the campus and the globe, the Center tests new paradigms of curriculum, scholarship, media, cultural exchange and entrepreneurship. The CWA has been recognized as the artistic arm of UF’s prestigious US Department of Education, Title VI National Resource Centers and the research arm of the bi-continental Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium. Through its interdisciplinary practices and programming, the CWA illuminates the artist’s voice in the contemporary encounter and equips the UF student to engage with and contribute to our increasingly global community. For more information, visit

CENTER FOR ARTS AND PUBLIC POLICY: The Center for Arts and Public Policy (CAPP) is the catalyst for courses in the arts and public policy offered through UF College of the Arts. CAPP provides a forum for the discussion and analysis of arts and public policy issues. Such issues may include, but are not limited to, the arts in education, community and civic engagement through the arts, public funding for the arts, the economic impact of the arts, cultural tourism and cultural diplomacy. For more information, visit

COLLEGE OF THE ARTS: The College of the Arts fosters creative activity, scholarly and artistic excellence and innovation across disciplines. We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their critical thinking and inspiring a culture of curiosity and imagination. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,100 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 100 faculty members in its three accredited schools — the School of Art + Art History, School of Music, School of Theatre + Dance. In addition to its schools, the college comprises the Center for Arts and Public Policy, Center for Arts in Medicine, Center for World Arts, Digital Worlds Institute, University Galleries, and the college program of the New World School of the Arts in Miami.

The University of Florida: The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land-grant foundation, ranked one of the top ten best public universities in the nation in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with more than 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical and cultural center of North Central Florida, with outstanding resources such as the University of Florida Performing Arts (Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Squitieri Studio Theatre, the Baughman Center, University Auditorium), the Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History and in the community, the Hippodrome State Theatre, and Dance Alive National Ballet.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience; comprehensive benefits package eligible.

Minimum Requirements:

MFA or PhD Degree (or equivalent professional experience) with substantial current experience in the field as a choreographer and or/performer at a national and/or international level; demonstrated success teaching in higher education and/or professional dance settings; evidence of commitment to collaboration, to the education of diverse populations, and to excellence in the arts and higher education.

Preferred Qualifications:

A record of increasing administrative responsibility in dance. A strong record of collaboration with colleagues both within the university setting and without. Demonstrated commitment to dancer wellness. Considerable experience teaching modern and/or contemporary dance techniques (not limited to Western techniques), repertory, and composition. Expertise is also desirable in one or more of the following areas: Dance Media and Technology, Experiential Anatomy/Dance Kinesiology, Latin, or other World dance forms, Dance Entrepeneurship, Improvisation, and/or Interdisciplinary Studies. Other areas of expertise will also be considered.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application Procedure: Review of applications will begin January 12, 2018 and continue until an applicant pool has been established. To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by January 12, 2018.  Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

Submit the following on-line:
1) Cover letter summarizing qualifications for the position and correlated research agenda

2) Curriculum Vitae

3) 1-2 page Artistic Statement  and Teaching Philosophy

4) Minimum of 3 creative works to see a range of the applicant’s choreographic voice. No more than 15 minute sample of creative work on Vimeo or other video - sharing site

5) Sample of teaching on Vimeo or other video - sharing site

6) Names and contact information of three professional references. The application system will prompt the applicant for the names/emails of the references.

The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time, including letters of reference. 

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call +1 (352) 392- 4621 or the Florida Relay System at +1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD). 

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and those who practice conduct of inclusion. 

Health Assessment Required: No


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