Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance

Updated: 7 months ago
Location: Kansas City, KANSAS
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!


Theatre and Dance

Position Overview

The Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Kansas invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre & Dance ( in the area of Contemporary/Modern Dance Technique, to begin as early as August 18, 2020. This appointment is limited term for two years, with the possibility to apply for a third year, based on need and availability of funding. This is a full-time visiting assistant professor position with a 2:2 teaching load as well as choreographic obligations (see below). Applicants are expected to have an MFA or PhD in Dance or an allied field, and should be able to teach a selection of required and elective courses in areas such as Contemporary/Modern Dance (all levels), Jazz Dance, African Dance, or Musical Theatre Dance. The successful candidate will be an accomplished and active artist who maintains a creative practice in public dance performance. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to training students and engaging with current developments in dance pedagogy. The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties include 40% research, 40% teaching, 20% service.

Teaching Responsibilities, 40%
•    Teach four courses per academic year in the Department of Theatre and Dance.
•    Choreograph for the University Dance Company each semester.
•    Expected to take teaching responsibilities seriously and to strive for excellence in the classroom. Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, the VAP must arrange for a substitute to teach class. Classes should not be canceled.
•    Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades.
•    Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required. These office hours should be divided over at least two and preferable three different days. The VAP should be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.
•    Adhere to departmental, college and university policies.
•    Treat students with courtesy and with respect for their rights, including, but not limited to, academic freedom and those rights as outlined in the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities.

Research Responsibilities, 40%
•    Conduct research that engages the applicant’s approach as a practitioner and/or scholar. This must result in performances, choreographic presentations, scholarly presentations, or publications.
•    Visiting faculty members are expected and encouraged to remain current in the research and scholarly literature in their field. The Department of Theatre and Dance is committed to ensuring that visiting faculty have the opportunity to achieve this goal. Evidence of such currency is found in an active and productive research program, including choreographic presentations, scholarly publications, presentations at research conferences, and up-to-date course syllabi.

Service Responsibilities, 20%
•    Participate in appropriate professional activities, such as serving on committees, panels, co-organizing workshops/conferences, and refereeing or reviewing manuscripts for research journals.
•    Visiting faculty members must share in the work of the department, which includes attending departmental meetings and participating in departmental committees.
•    Visiting faculty members must treat colleagues with courtesy and with respect for their rights, including, but not limited to, academic freedom.

All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (a) descriptions of teaching philosophy in letter of application, (b) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in curriculum vitae and, (c) information provided from professional references:

1. MFA or PhD in Dance or an allied field, with significant experience in one or more areas of dance by the start date of the appointment.
2. Ability to create and/or stage dances for concert presentation; and
3. Demonstrated commitment to teaching courses a liberal arts setting.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. James Moreno
Dance Studies Coordinator

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete application package includes a description of teaching philosophy in letter of application; record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in curriculum vitae; and information provided from professional references. 

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.

  • Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
  • In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
  •  Initial review of applications begins on December 1, 2019 and will continue until no longer needed.

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    Conditions of Employment

    Limited Term

    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Limited Term End Date


    Advertised Salary Range

    Commensurate with experience


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