Associate Professor of Dance and Department Chair

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

ID: 7117753 (Ref.No. D2022APDDC)
Posted: December 9, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description

THE DEPARTMENT OF PERFORMING ARTS AT RIDER UNIVERSITY announces an opening for a full-time, tenure track appointment in dance for the BA in Dance and BA in Dance Science programs at the rank of Associate Professor, beginning September 1, 2023. We seek an artist educator and leader who will join the Performing Arts Department faculty and technical staff and will also serve as the department chair.

 Candidates must be effective teachers and be committed to excellence in developing strong dance and dance science curricula that enable each dancer’s passion, creativity, and intellect to develop as performing artists and as individuals. We seek an artist educator who has a distinguished performance record with a creative or scholarly research practice that reflects the department’s commitment to diverse and inclusive practices in dance education. As the chair of the department, the candidate must have excellent organizational skills, be effective in communicating with the various stakeholders within and outside of the department, be adept at multitasking, and have excellent time management skills. 
The successful candidate will be responsible for dance and dance science curricula whose foundations lie in ballet technique and for teaching studio technique classes in at least two forms of dance. Teaching responsibilities also include courses in dance science, choreography, movement theory, dance history, and pedagogy. Additional expertise in somatic practices, dance conditioning, and injury prevention are essential in addressing dancers’ holistic wellness and optimal performance.
 This position requires producing at least one annual dance concert in collaboration with multiple choreographers as well as senior capstone showcases. Other responsibilities other than those of a department chair include undergraduate student advising and mentorship, outreach and recruitment, as well as department, college, and university service. Ongoing professional creative activity and/or scholarship are expected. This candidate will be responsible for 12 teaching hours (two courses each semester) per academic year.

Position Requirements

Terminal degree (MFA, Ph.D., or EdD) in dance or a closely related discipline

 · Minimum of three years experience teaching at the college level or at an equivalent level (e.g., nationally recognized postsecondary company-affiliated trainee programs)
· Demonstrated expertise in ballet and contemporary modern dance forms
· Record of distinguished professional performance & choreography
· Demonstrated ability to choreograph for a wide range of students

 · Demonstrated experience producing and directing dance productions

 · Demonstrated expertise in somatic practices, dance conditioning, and/or injury prevention

 · Demonstrated effectiveness as a leader in a collegiate or professional setting.

Position Preferred Qualifications/Experience

About Rider University

The Rider University community is composed of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

Rider University is committed to fostering an inclusive, vibrant living and learning community that embraces students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds and enables them to achieve success.

Through reflection and open, respectful dialogue, we develop responsible citizens who demonstrate academic understanding and compassion to grow and serve as leaders in a diverse and global world.

Candidates with a demonstrated commitment supportive of the multicultural needs of Rider University and the surrounding community are highly desired.

Rider University is consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal and The Princeton Review. For more than a decade, Rider has also been recognized in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges for its sustainability efforts.
Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity. 

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