The Ohio State University Department of Dance Position Opening

01 Nov 2013 12:14 PM | Anonymous member
We seek a scholar who will advance contemporary notions of the record and representation of dance as a way to make visible, readable and accessible the rich history of the past and the evolving work of the present. We look for a leader with the experience, expertise and vision to forge transformational research in movement and choreographic analysis, innovation in archival practices, dance preservation and documentation, and historical study and/or reconstruction.

Our new colleague will contribute significantly to the doctoral program in teaching, research, and the advising of candidacy exams and doctoral dissertations. We seek an individual who will both expand and extend the areas of expertise of the current faculty in terms of research, international engagement, and teaching across degree programs (PhD, MFA and BFA). We value a colleague whose research is informed by a history of embodied practice, who will strengthen research connections within the department as well as in disciplines outside of Dance, and we encourage applicants who will diversify our curriculum and faculty with regard to race, gender, and ethnicity.

The doctoral program in Dance Studies at OSU is designed to foster the study of dance through methodologies specific to the discipline. Our PhD begins with dance, allowing other inquiry to proceed outward from the rich investigation of movement, not excluding scholarly lenses drawn from the social sciences, literary studies, or other humanities disciplines. The department has a rich history of leadership in movement analysis and Laban Studies, and familiarity with this body of work would be desirable.

Our new faculty member will contribute:
In Research:
conducting historical and theoretical scholarship; developing systems for analysis, documentation, recording or seeing dance; giving evidence of a research agenda situated inside the history, theory and literature of dance as a concert and social form, while drawing on adjacent areas of knowledge.

In Teaching: working in areas that might include movement/choreographic analysis; dance/movement theory; dance documentation; creative uses of technology in archival practices; cross-cultural dance research; writing about dance; and dance history, among others.

In Service: demonstrating leadership in Dance Studies, literacy and history; advising and governance within the department, college and university; leadership at the national and international levels.

Position: Assistant Professor, full-time, tenure track.
Qualifications: PhD required; prior university teaching experience preferred. Application deadline: Applications must be received by December 1, 2013. Date of Hire: Autumn Semester 2014.

Send Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, two work samples, one of which must be a written document, and a list of three recommenders with contact information; letters of recommendation will be solicited from short-listed candidates at a later date.

Applications will be accepted through Academic Jobs Online:
Inquiries: Amy Schmidt at

To build a diverse workforce, The Ohio State University encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women. EEO/AA Employer.

About the Department
The Department of Dance at The Ohio State University consistently ranks as one of the top programs in the country. We provide intersecting investigations in the field of dance, with courses in dance technique, somatic practices, choreography, repertory, dance history, theory and literature, production and lighting, movement and choreographic analysis, dance pedagogy, dance related technologies, dance for camera, and documentation, theory and analysis. We view the breadth of our program as both appropriate to the academic setting and as responsible practice, educating students in a comprehensive way within the lively discourse of a major research university, and providing multiple avenues toward future careers within an evolving field.

Our department is currently staffed by 14 resident faculty, adjunct educators, guest artists, visiting scholars, and 15 graduate associates. We serve approximately 110 undergraduates in the BFA program, 35 graduate students in MFA or PhD programs, 200 dance minors, and 500 students each semester in the non-major program.

Renovation of the department’s facilities in historic Sullivant Hall at the gateway of the university’s campus is nearly complete. The building features a state-of-the-art, flexible performance space, six studios, a costume shop, and a media lab. New neighbors within the building will include the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library, The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), and the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy. This new vantage will provide an expansive view of the university’s evolving Arts District, which includes Mershon Auditorium and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences is the academic heart of Ohio State. With more than 80 departments, schools, centers and institutes, the college teaches 1.5 million credit hours each year, and delivers 60 percent of the academic curriculum to Ohio State students. Its vast academic diversity is its greatest strength, combining the best of a major research institution with a rich liberal arts foundation. Arts and Sciences faculty create new knowledge to solve global problems, fuel Ohio's economy, spark student inquiry, and engage with the local community.

About Ohio State
Established in 1870, The Ohio State University in Columbus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive campuses. More than 55,000 students select from 14 colleges, 175 undergraduate majors, and 240 master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs. As Ohio’s best and one of the nation’s top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center.
The university’s total research expenditures in 2009 topped $716 million, ranking Ohio State 13th nationally, second in industry research, and ninth among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation.

About Columbus
Ohio's capital is a friendly city of sleek high-rises and historic, century-old buildings along the banks of the Scioto River. Its attractions range from a rich performing arts scene to a renowned zoo, exciting sports, lush gardens, amiable neighborhoods, trendy hot spots, and hundreds of restaurants, cafes and galleries.
Highlights include the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), four historic downtown theatres, Ohio State’s Urban Arts Space in the historic Lazarus building, and a wide range of local festivals, farm markets and cultural events, as well as professional and collegiate sports. The Arena District boasts varied restaurants, nightspots and hotels, and the fashionable Short North is filled with galleries, eateries, boutiques and a favorite local ice cream shop.
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