Assistant Professor, Dance

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Spokane, WASHINGTON


Posted: 09-Sep-23

Location: Spokane, Washington

Salary: Open



Internal Number: 20135

Department: Theatre and Dance

Months per Year: 9 months

Job Summary:

The Theatre and Dance Department at Gonzaga University in Spokane WA, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the field of dance. We welcome candidates who possess strong pedagogical abilities and national professional experience with sensitivity to inclusive, equity-minded teaching practices, and who can effectively teach the impacts and consequences of dance on society, politics, culture, and identity. We look forward to collaborating with a colleague who is committed to pursuing excellence in teaching that promotes an inclusive learning environment. We are especially interested in professional experience in teaching styles that go beyond western concert modalities and may include dance forms of African, Latinx, Asian, and other Diaspora.
Gonzaga Dance seeks to educate the whole person through our curriculum, productions, and service. We are a small but thriving program looking for a colleague to join in taking us to the next level. Gonzaga Dance annually produces 6-8 concerts, presents dance companies such as Cleo Parker Robinson and Pacific Northwest Ballet, and has regular service programing through Dance for Parkinson's, Celebrate EveryBODY, and free after school dance program called ZagDance. In addition to teaching, successful candidates will have an in-depth knowledge in choreographing and/or restaging professional works for concert dance performances. This colleague will contribute to our introductory theory and methodology courses in addition to teaching our upper-level course offerings for majors and minors (see course and curriculum on department website). In addition, all members of our department share in the responsibility of teaching the University Fine Art Core Curriculum. The teaching load for the tenure-track position is 18 credits per year (9 credits per semester).
As a full-time faculty member, the successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the university mission and ethos of the Dance Department as a student-centered and diverse learning environment through a demonstrated record of empowering, advocating for, and valuing a broad range of students of diverse identities and experiences, as shown through teaching, mentoring, and related activities. The successful candidate must: Maintain teaching and creative/research activities with continued engagement in professional practices that advances a research profile in creativity, choreography, and/or performance with national and/or international recognition; and contribute to curriculum development, faculty governance, and administrative responsibilities of the School and College. Thus, we hope to engage with a colleague who has potential for interdisciplinary collaboration with departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences such as Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Native American Studies, Environmental Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, International Studies, and Film Studies. We encourage you to visit for more information about the college.
Additionally, all members of the department contribute to and participate in peer review of teaching activities, department committees, and special projects. Gonzaga University features an outstanding Center for Teaching and Advising that sponsors regular faculty development and education opportunities.
The Dance Department is committed to inclusive excellence, to increasing the diversity of the campus community, and to supporting traditionally underrepresented students in higher education, especially at a predominantly white institution. In alignment with Gonzaga University's mission, we expect applicants to provide evidence of direct experience and expertise in issues related to social justice, diversity, global engagement, and care for/solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities. Candidates who have demonstrated experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the departmental ethos and campus climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify specific experiences in these areas. Candidates who have demonstrated expertise in issues applicable to diverse populations and direct experience working with underrepresented and marginalized students through teaching, research, mentoring, or administration are preferred.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MFA or PhD in Dance or in a related field with corresponding professional record (ABDs considered with completion by July 15, 2024)
  • Evidence of professional level as a performer, choreographer, and/or dance artist
  • Evidence of effective and reflective college-level teaching
  • Evidence of inclusive, equity-minded teaching practices
  • Active research and/or creative inquiry programming in Dance

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