Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Performing Arts: Dance (PERFA 398) Thesis (Creative Practice)

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7067185 (Ref.No. 1934535)
Posted: June 24, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Moraga, CA
Open Date: Jun 19, 2020
Deadline: Jul 3, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

Saint Mary's College of California invites applications for an adjunct faculty member in the MFA in Dance: Creative Practice. The MFA in Dance educates the whole dance artist. Through the lens of a liberal arts curriculum, the program's values are shaped by the quest for truth, authenticity and community-building in a holistic model that integrates mind, body and spirit. The MFA in Dance offers two unique MFA degrees in dance: Creative Practice and Design & Production. Creative Practice has a low-residency option and the Design & Production MFA is the only one in the country specifically for dance.


The MFA in Dance Program is looking for an adjunct faculty member to teach Perfa 398-01: Thesis - as a thesis chair to two MFA in Dance students. Applicants must have the ability to guide the MFA in Dance thesis process from thesis proposal through final thesis project, guiding both the choreographic work and the written document. The thesis chair must also sit on the thesis panels.

Course description: The thesis is the culmination of the MFA in Dance and it requires that the student, under the guidance of a thesis advisor, engages in a major piece of practice-based research that demonstrates the knowledge and understanding gained in all the other parts of the program. The completion of a thesis project requires (1) the presentation of the work; (2) panel of discussion; and (3) the submission of a written document that reflects the conceptual and theoretical research that underlies the process or that presents a reflection on the choreographic/artistic/design/production investigation. The process of creating these components of the thesis begins after the approval of the thesis project proposal at the end of the student's second summer term, and follows the timeline articulated in the thesis project proposal. This process continues through the following Fall term as students fulfill additional courses in their degree track. Students enroll in their first section of the thesis course in the subsequent spring semester. The preparation for the thesis project should be completed by the end of the spring semester and ready to be presented in/as a part of the thesis concert scheduled during the student's last June term as well as panel of presentation and discussion with faculty and submission of final written document.

Applicants must have a terminal degree in dance (MFA, Ed.D. or Ph.D.). They must demonstrate a strong commitment to student-centered teaching in the liberal arts tradition and show evidence of teaching effectiveness among graduate students. Previous experience teaching in an MFA in Dance program is preferred.

The Thesis Chair must be available to work with the two students across the Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 academic terms.

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