Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Dance (DANCE 309) Dance History: Antiracist/Decolonial Approach

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7245708 (Ref.No. 5264381)
Posted: May 17, 2024
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Moraga, CA
Open Date: May 16, 2024
Deadline: May 30, 2024 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 seeks to hire a per-course adjunct faculty member to teach DANCE 309, Dance History: Antiracist/Decolonial Approach in Fall 2024.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:40am - 12:55pm

3 credit course

This course will be taught in person, on campus.

Dance History: Antiracist/Decolonial Approach

In this course, students are exposed to the history of 20th and 21st century dance based on a close examination of dismantling white supremacy, problematizing whiteness in dance standpoint, and erasing the eurocentric view that has wrongly characterized the history and the overall definition of the dance art form in the West. The course prioritizes BIPOC artists and voices and places them at the center of the discourse. Students will examine the necessity to deconstruct the colonial dogma that is based on the superiority and privilege of the Western approaches, and instead, focus on a radically inclusive and anti-racist standpoint. The course takes the positive opportunity of having guest artists from all over the world to speak to the class and share their expertise. Students will learn about the major figures who shaped the history of dance in the 20th and 21st centuries and discuss them within the framework of antiracism.

The successful candidate will have experience teaching both courses and must have an MFA or PhD in Dance. The candidate will need to lead movement experiences and direct creative projects so an MFA in Dance is preferred.

Applicants must reside in California.

The salary range for this position is $7,447 -$10,308 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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