Assistant Teaching Professor of Dance
The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Teaching Professor of Dance.
118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
||School of Performing and Visual Arts
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||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 teaching statement addressing pedagogical methods and
experience working with diverse student populations, 5) link to website or
other online portfolio of materials, and 6) 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 teaching-track Assistant Teaching Professor
of Dance. This is a nine-month faculty appointment and is eligible for promotion.
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 engage in service at the program and school-level
and teach studio technique and dance theory and practice courses for majors and
nonmajors. Instructional load for teaching-track faculty at USM is a 4/4, 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. The person in
this position may mentor dance education students. 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 teaching and to the training of highly qualified artist-educators, bolstering our Dance Education (with K-12 licensure) program.
- Participate in production activities of the program.
- Demonstrate engagement with best practices in dance education for university dance programs.
- 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 at
least one of the following: professional, university level,
pre-professional, or K-12 teaching experience.
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. Experience teaching in K-12 school settings as licensed dance educator and experience training dance educators. 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.