Assistant Professor of Dance
The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Dance.
118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
||School of Performing and Visual Arts
|Posting Close Date
||Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applications will begin January 15,
2023 and will continue until the position is filled. A completed application
will include 1) a cover letter describing applicant strengths and
qualifications for the position, 2) a CV, 3) contact information for three
references, 4) a research/creative activity statement 5) a teaching statement
addressing pedagogical methods and experience working with diverse student
populations, 6) link to website or other online portfolio of materials, and 7) academic
transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable; official transcripts are
necessary for hire). Application materials can be uploaded to the HR site found
here: https://jobs.usm.edu. The School of Performing and Visual Arts at USM is
committed to increasing diversity; we encourage applications from those who identify
as diverse in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation.
Please address questions about the position to Meg Brooker, Director, School of
Performing and Visual Arts, Email: Meg.Brooker@usm.edu.
For full consideration please submit complete applications by January 15, 2023.
The Dance Program at the nationally accredited (NASD) University
of Southern Mississippi seeks tenure-track Assistant Professor of Dance.
This is a nine-month faculty appointment. The successful candidate will
join a creative and critically-engaged faculty training dancers in BFA
Performance and Choreography and BFA Dance Education programs. The new hire will maintain an active creative
activity/research agenda, engage in service, and teach studio technique and dance
theory and practice courses for majors and nonmajors. Instructional load for
tenure-track faculty at USM is a 3/3, and potential coursework includes jazz, tap,
modern/contemporary, and/or ballet dance techniques, dance pedagogy, dance
production, improvisation, choreography and/or composition courses, dance
appreciation, repertory, and/or dance history. Some courses include a
choreography/production component. Additional opportunities to
choreograph/perform/showcase work are possible. USM Dance, housed in the School
of Performing and Visual Arts, features three performance ensembles producing seven
annual concerts, a robust guest artist program, and study-abroad opportunities
for students through the University’s British Studies Program. In addition to the Dance Program, The School of Performing and Visual Arts
at USM offers MFA, BFA, and BA programs in Theatre, as well as BFA and BA
programs in Art & Design. There are opportunities for interdisciplinary
collaboration through the SPVA’s annual two-week interdisciplinary arts
festival Revelry, now in its fifth year. The School of Performing and
Visual Arts values artist/educator/scholars with diverse and global
perspectives and dance-making practices and seeks applicants with a
demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion. Candidates from historically
underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Teach dance courses at the undergraduate level for dance majors and nonmajors.
- Demonstrate a commitment to excellence in performance, choreography, and or dance research and to the training and mentoring of highly qualified performing and choreographic artists.
- Participate in production activities of the program.
- Demonstrate engagement with best practices in dance education for university dance programs.
- Maintain a research/creative activity agenda consistent with rank and with tenure/promotion expectations.
- Contribute to the mission of the program, the university, and the profession through participating in service, advising, curriculum development, and recruitment.
- Advise and mentor majors.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Terminal degree from an accredited college or university in Dance or
related field, MFA or PhD or international equivalent, by date of
appointment. Evidence of professional or
university level experience teaching dance.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Ability to work effectively
with diverse groups of majors and non-majors.
- Knowledge of disciplinary
content and ability to teach toward learning objectives and exit
competencies and to assess student learning.
- Demonstrated ability to
deliver accurate and quality communication (verbal and written) in a
timely manner to a diverse population.
experience, including providing meaningful feedback and support.
- Ability to
collaborate and to mentor students through collaborative dance-making and
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusive
teaching practices. University teaching experience. Professional experience in dance performance or
choreography. Ability to teach jazz, tap, hip-hop, vernacular
dance, and/or other historical or contemporary forms of the African
Diaspora, Latinx, or indigenous forms.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit www.usm.edu.
As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.