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University of Utah Assistant Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Department 00076 - School of Dance

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin July 1, 2019


The School of Dance invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with an emphasis in Ballet and choreography. The school is seeking candidates with the potential for exceptional research and excellence in teaching, who will actively contribute to a diversity of viewpoints, cultural backgrounds, experiences, worldviews and practices of the faculty and students in the field of dance. Examples of research include but are not limited to creative research, performance productions, restaging classical ballet and/or contemporary repertoire, and scholarly publications. We are a community of educators who value diverse perspectives.

The Ballet Program is in an exciting period of growth with the largest number ofBFAin Ballet students in history, a recently updated curriculum that balances physical practice with academic rigor, and a reinvigoratedMFAin Ballet, the only degree with this emphasis in the United States. As such, we seek candidates who demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of ballet from classical to contemporary iterations, and who are capable of working with both graduate and undergraduate populations. Successful candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the research demands for tenure in a research university and must communicate a personal research agenda that clearly contributes to the continued development of the field of ballet as a site of creative and/or scholarly inquiry.

Qualified candidates must: 1) hold a terminal degree or have commensurate professional experience in ballet; 2) demonstrate the ability to teach all levels of ballet technique; 3) have at least two years of experience teaching choreography in higher education; 4) have a history of creative research and original choreographic works with critical review.

Preferred Qualifications: Special consideration will be given to candidates who have one or more of the following: 1) the ability to teach in our history and theory program, in particular courses in Ballet History, Dance Studies and/or Ballet Pedagogy from historical and theoretical perspectives; 2) the ability to teach courses in Choreography, Composition, and/or Restaging; 3) the ability to teach additional techniques and/or movement practices.

As a full-time faculty member, successful candidates must maintain teaching and creative/research activities with continued engagement in professional practices that advance a research profile in ballet and must demonstrate an understanding of the research demands for tenure in a research university and must clearly communicate a personal research agenda that contributes to the continued development of the field of Ballet as a site of creative and/or scholarly inquiry. In addition, successful candidates will be expected to participate in departmental administration, to invest in audition and recruiting efforts, to contribute toBFAandMFAcurricular design, and to serve as artistic director of School productions on a rotating basis with other faculty.

The screening of applicants will begin January 2, 2019.

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. 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. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

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


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with priorURSservice, may elect to enroll inURSif 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 fromURSare 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

The School of Dance is one of five units in the College of Fine Arts. The internationally acclaimed andNASD-accredited 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, andMFA. 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 Professor Jay Kim, Search Committee Chair,

APPLICATION: Applicants should submit the following:

1.Letter of Application

2.Curriculum Vitae

3.Statement of Teaching Philosophy

4.3 letters of references that speak specifically to this position

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.

Letters of Recommendation and Official Transcript are listed as optional documents, however they must be submitted separately. Those you request letters of recommendation from will be given instructions on where to send the letters. Please have your official transcripts sent to U of U School of Dance, Attn: Glenda Staples, 330 S 1500 E, RM 106, Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Open Date 10/29/2018

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00340CF

Type Faculty

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