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University of Utah Assistant / Associate Professor - Screendance in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant / Associate Professor

Department 00076 - School of Dance

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin July 1, 2022


The School of Dance in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position in Screendance to begin July 1st 2022. The ideal candidate is a practicing artist who is able to demonstrate a developed aesthetic point of view through their contemporary approaches to movement, dance, and Screendance/Media making and teaching. We seek candidates who are current leaders in the field, and who will actively contribute to the diversity of viewpoints, cultural backgrounds, experiences, worldviews and practices of the faculty and students in the field of Screendance. We value the ability of this faculty member to research, work, model and think interdisciplinarily in order to enhance possibilities across the School of Dance, the College of Fine Arts and the University at large.

In the School of Dance, the Modern and Ballet Programs co-exist, yet each program has a unique curriculum. The committee welcomes applications from candidates who would embody and support our values as a combined School, one who has an up-to-date knowledge of current dance as well as screendance praxes. The candidate will teach the history, theory and practice of Screendance across both programs.

Creative research in screendance includes a wide variety of art practices and genres in which the dancing/moving body is in dialogue with the camera. Examples include but are not limited to experimental film, documentary, animation, and narrative forms. Inquiry into the relationship between bodies and the camera also affords possibilities in a multiplicity of forms which might include installation and multi-channel works for museums and galleries, single channel works for theatrical screenings, or alternative investigations within a variety of moving image technologies.

The qualified candidate must: 1) hold a terminal degree or have commensurate professional experience in the field of dance, media studies and production; 2) have at least three years of experience teaching at the university level; 3) clearly communicate a research agenda contributing to the continued development of the field of Screendance as a site of creative and/or scholarly inquiry; 4) be able to teach at the MFA level.

Special consideration will be given to the candidate who: 1) contributes to diversity and equal opportunity in education through their teaching, research, and service; 2) have a history of international production and presentation of their work with critical review; 3) can demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills; 4) demonstrates experience in building collaborations at multiple levels and with diverse constituencies; 5) and offer a unique viewpoint different than the current faculty.

As a full-time faculty member, the successful candidate must maintain teaching and creative/research activities with a continued engagement in professional practices that advance a research profile in their field, either through publications or festival presentations. The successful candidate is also expected to contribute to curriculum development, faculty governance, and the administrative life of the School of Dance.

The successful candidate will also work with the Department of Film & Media Arts to oversee the Graduate Certificate in Screendance; mentor both dance and film graduate students in their thesis research; and collaborate with the Salt Lake Film Society in the curation and presentation of the biannual International Screendance Festival at the Broadway Theater in downtown Salt Lake City.

The School of Dance is one of five units in the College of Fine Arts on the campus of the NASD accredited University of Utah. The internationally acclaimed School of Dance offers a comprehensive program of study in two concentrations (Ballet and Modern Dance) and maintains a balanced emphasis on both performance and scholarship while presenting students with the training necessary to excel within their chosen field. The School’s student body is comprised of approximately 200 undergraduates and 15 graduate students seeking the following degrees: BFA , HBFA , and MFA . A commitment to excellence in dance education, performance, and research is the hallmark of the programs known worldwide for their versatile and gifted alumni.

Please direct questions to Eric Handman, Search Committee Chair, at

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Review of applications will begin March 7, 2022

APPLICATION : Applicants should submit the following:

1. Letter of Application (including a diversity, inclusion, belonging and equity statement)

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy

4. Three letters of references that speak specifically to this position (written within one year of submission, signed and on letterhead)

5. Samples of recent research: Candidates must submit 3 complete samples that represent their research interests; these submissions may be a combination of creative (i.e., original choreography, historical reconstructions, film and media, etc.) and scholarly research (i.e., peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, etc.). For video samples, only url links will be reviewed.

Open Date 01/25/2022

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00813CF

Type Faculty