Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Dance (DANCE 591/593) Choregraphy IV/V

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7183348 (Ref.No. 4641202)
Posted: September 28, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Moraga, CA
Open Date: Sep 27, 2023
Deadline: Oct 11, 2023 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 position for the MFA in Dance: Creative Practice. We seek candidates with expertise in dance and creative practice.

The MFA in Dance Program is looking for an adjunct faculty member to teach

DANCE-591/593 Choreography IV/V in January 2024.

10:30-12:30 (MWF) 11:30-12:30(T/TH)

Adjunct Professor in MFA in Dance: Creative Practice

Position Description:

The MFA in Dance is seeking an adjunct faculty member to teach the combined Choreography IV/V course during the 2024 January term. The instructor must be available to teach from January 3rd-30th, with in person modality from the 8th-19th on campus in Moraga. This course is a combination of movement, performance lecture and faculty and student driven feedback.

Course Description:

This course is a hybrid course which meets for two weeks in person on campus, and a week and a half remotely on zoom and asynchronously. The course instructs a student on the study of making dances focusing on individuality, finding their voice, working with other students in the course, developing choreographic strategies and experimenting with new ways of movement. Improvisation, collaboration, and choreographic theory will be discussed to assist in the choreographic process.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate in both the live/embodied as well as the written

    presentations of the work, clear aesthetic vision, conceptual basis,

    intention and identity;

  • identify specific models for creating movement and use these to

    develop methodology for teaching choreography;

  • develop research methods and show the ability to engage in critical

    reflection and conceptual thinking about one's own work and the work

    of peers;

  • develop choreographic skills and a personal style that demonstrates

    original works, knowledge of compositional techniques,

    choreographic range and effective conceptualization and conveyance

    Applicants must have an MA, MFA or other terminal degree in the appropriate field or equivalent knowledge and experience in the field of dance or creative practice. They must demonstrate a strong commitment to student-centered teaching in the liberal arts tradition, and show evidence of teaching effectiveness among graduate students. Prior teaching experience and/or professional experience is preferred.

    Instructors must be available to teach the course in person forJanuary 8th-19th term and remotelyJanuary 22nd-30th. Applicants must reside in California.

    Salary: $7,447-$10,008 dependent on qualifications. The salary range for this position is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the College and SEIU, Local 1021, available here.

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