Job Information

University of Utah Open Rank Career-Line in Salt Lake City, Utah

Proposed Faculty Rank Open Rank Career-Line

Department 00076 - School of Dance

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Non 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 Career Line Open Rank Professor position to serve as Musical Director to begin July 1st 2022. The ideal candidate is a practicing accompanist who is able to demonstrate a developed aesthetic point in Ballet repertoire geared for class accompaniment, other genres and possibly able to compose. 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 School of Dance. We value the ability of this faculty member to teach, 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. The person would teach two classes a year, mentor accompanists, create schedules, supervise student concerts, etc.

The qualified candidate must: 1) hold a terminal degree or have commensurate professional experience in the field of music, music accompaniment, music production and/or music composition; 2) have at least three years of experience teaching at the university level and be able to teach music classes, at both the Ballet BFA and MFA levels; 3) show a mastery of the classical Ballet repertoire with a deep knowledge of other genres; 4) demonstrate a capacity to serve as a mentor and coordinator to all accompanists.

Special consideration will be given to the candidates who 1) bring a sense of inclusiveness and diversity to our musical accompaniment across the School of Dance; 2) provide a connection to our Arts and Health initiative; 3) are able to direct musical collaborations at the undergrad and graduate level; and potentially be able to compose in support of the School’s many performance opportunities

In addition to effective communication and interpersonal skills, candidates should have experience in building collaborations at multiple levels and with diverse constituencies, and offer a unique viewpoint that offers different perspectives than the current faculty. We seek candidates who engage in lively creative and intellectual inquiry that allows for vulnerability and humanity in the process. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to curriculum development and possibly faculty governance.

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 Christopher Alloways-Ramsey, Search Committee Chair

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

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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

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 1 sample videos link of themselves accompanying a ballet class.

Open Date 09/24/2021

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00743CF

Type Faculty