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

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7075320 (Ref.No. 2160726)
Posted: February 19, 2021
Application Deadline: February 23, 2021

Job Description

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

Location: Moraga, CA

Open Date: Feb 19, 2021

Deadline: Feb 23, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

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 position for the MFA in Dance: Creative Practice. We seek candidates with expertise in teaching Thesis.

Adjunct Professor in MFA in Dance: Creative Practice

Position Description

Saint Mary's College of California invites applications for an adjunct position for the MFA in Dance: Creative Practice. We seek candidates with expertise in being an artistic director of a graduate-level production.

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 the Thesis Artistic Director. Applicant must have the ability to guide the MFA in Dance thesis process in relation to the overall artistic vision of each student's choreographed thesis work. Applicant must be able to attend and lead all of the thesis production meetings in Spring as well as attend all of the thesis tech and dress rehearsals and performances. Applicant must work with the thesis students, thesis chairs, lighting designer, technical director and the master electrician to create a cohesive production. Applicant must be prepared to lead a virtual performance if necessary.

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 June term, and follows the timeline articulated in the thesis project proposal. This process continues through the following fall and January terms 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 as an artistic director of a MFA in Dance production preferred.

The Thesis Artistic Chair must be available in Spring and Summer 2021.

Applicants must reside in California.

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