Chair/Program Director - Department of Dance Cornish College of the Arts in Washington

07 Sep 2014 4:04 PM | Anonymous member


As our next Program Director in the Department of Dance, you bring a successful track record as an artist and academic leader, a foundation as a progressive educator, and expertise in the global nature of contemporary dance. You are a visionary who is prepared to lead a forward-thinking department in all areas of academic leadership, including curriculum review and program development, as well as contributing to the college as a whole in its recruitment and retention efforts. Your engagement in the broader dance community, in Seattle and beyond, is critical. You bring courageous leadership to Cornish College, bearing the tools and experience necessary for an imminent re-structuring of the Dance Department in harmony with the other performing arts departments: Theater, Music, and Performance Production. You also engage in and mentor faculty through sustained scholarly research and/or creative work. You will possess the tools necessary to expose students to new worlds of dance, helping them engage in negotiating cultural differences undefined in practice, as well as in theory. Further, you must be able to lead the department in strategic thinking around collaborations and technologies, as languages for social change and innovation across disciplines.



Accountable to the Provost, you will be responsible for providing strategic, administrative, academic, artistic, and financial leadership, on a daily basis to the Dance Department, including Preparatory Dance and Pre-College Summer Programs. You will act as the public face of the department outside of the College. While advocating for your department, you will also work collaboratively with other program directors as a member of the Academic Council and leadership team. You will lead department programs in: production, anatomy/kinesiology, music, dance history, compositional practices and performance, contemporary issues, teaching methods, and diverse dance techniques. You will oversee performances and choreographic opportunities, manage visiting artists, coordinate study abroad options, and facilitate student engagement across departmental lines.


Serving students and leading a committed team of full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and dedicated administrative staff, you bring an unquestioned commitment to excellence in the performance arts, teaching, and the development of strategic career skills for our students in the context of a rapidly changing 21st century global economy. With an MFA or equivalent, extensive experience in professional performance and choreography, you bring strong pedagogical practices and master teaching to the departments curriculum and to your own course, once per year. You are committed to college and community life in general and to the ongoing evolution of this vibrant department and institution. You have strong professional affiliations in the field of dance, performance, arts education, arts administration, and dance science. You have extensive experience in recruitment and student retention. You are also well versed in advancing a department through fundraising and grant writing. You are an effective and collegial communicator. Our ideal candidate will be comfortable working and thinking across disciplines, having interests and experience that extend beyond his or her specialty, and encompass broader approaches to dance practice and human knowledge. This is a year-round, administrative position with faculty ranking.



Cornish College of the Arts is a four-year, accredited college located in Seattle, WA, that offers a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in art, dance, design, theater, and performance production. The College encourages innovation within the context of rigorous attention to disciplinary expertise and the cultivation of the individual student voice. The Dance Department is housed in historic Kerry Hall located in the lively Capitol Hill neighborhood, a location ideal for Cornish in its strategic position within Seattles vibrant arts community.



To be considered for this exciting position, please submit a letter of intent, a curriculum vita, a one-page teaching philosophy, and four (4) references* that can speak to several aspects of your scholarship, creative practice, and teaching to: Kristen Ramirez, Manager of Academic & Community Engagement / Office of the Provost, Cornish College of the Arts, 1000 Lenora Street, Seattle WA 98121 by November 7, 2014. Application materials received after that date may be considered, until the position is filled. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. For further information contact Kristen Ramirez (Office of the Provost) at or Sarah Price-Mitchell (Human Resources) at *By providing these letters, you agree that we may contact your references.


Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

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