Oklahoma City University non-tenure track position of Assistant Professor of Dance - Tap (emphasis) and Jazz

19 Dec 2014 6:26 PM | Anonymous member

Oklahoma City University invites applications for the nine month, non-tenure track position of Assistant Professor of Dance - Tap (emphasis) and Jazz beginning in August 2015.  Pease note: the OCU Dance Department is not a ballet/modern program.  Modern is not part of the curriculum.

Teaching, Scholarship, and Service Requirements

  • Teach dance courses as assigned by dance department chair; advise students as assigned by chair.
  • Teach tap and jazz courses as assigned by dance department chair.
  • Teach other dance technique courses as assigned by department chair.
  • Teach dance academic courses as assigned by department chair.
  • Assist with recruiting for dance degrees.
  • Assist with assessment plan for dance degree programs and courses.
  • Handle co-curricular program activities as assigned.
  • Work with the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Managements Community Dance Center as assigned.
  • Serve on dance department and school committees as assigned.
  • Serve on university committees as assigned.
  • Actively demonstrate a continuing commitment to gaining new knowledge of tap, jazz, and musical theatre dance and remaining current in advances in the entertainment industry.
  • The successful candidate is expected to participate in the department's assessment program, advising activities, and in student recruiting and retention efforts for the department and the university.


  • Master of Fine Arts degree in dance or bachelor degree in dance fields with extensive post-college experience to evaluated by The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management MFA equivalency rubric
  • Ability to teach tap to professional level dancers. Ability to teach jazz to beginning and intermediate level dancers.  Please note that an applicant with expertise in only one technique will not be suitable for this position. The emphasis is on tap.
  • Ballet teaching experience at the beginning level is a plus.
  • Professional and/or university teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated excellence as a teacher with the private dance sector (i.e., dance studio, non-profit organization, and/or dance company school).
  • Performance experience a plus.
  • Must be able to teach courses in at least two of the following subject areas: dance history, dance health, choreography, dance studio management, dance production, dance pedagogy, or anatomy/physiology for dancers.
  • Commitment to developing and nurturing a program aimed at the student who wants to work in the musical theatre/entertainment industry as a performer, teacher, or manager.
  • Appreciation of American theatrical dance with an ability to choreograph new works as assigned.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite programs including Word, Excel, Publisher, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management.  It is important for faculty to understand and be committed to the vision of the school. Many courses are team or collaboratively taught.  Collegiality, professional conduct, and team work are required of all faculty.
  • Ability to perform sustained physical activity and demonstrate dance movements.
  • Ability to work in dance studios, lecture in classrooms, and perform activities in theater facilities.  Work in the theatre requires ability to move quickly from audience to stage areas that are at different levels.  There is long exposure to theater and studio sound equipment volume levels. 
  • Ability to work varied hours from early morning to evenings and weekend hours in class, rehearsals and rehearsal monitoring.
  • Ability and willingness to travel locally, nationally, and internationally when assigned to activities involving road or air travel.

Promotion and Tenure

Effective teaching, scholarship, and service are required for promotion and tenure.

Ann Lacy School of American Dance & Arts Management

The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management specializes in preparing dancers and managers for the American entertainment industry through its Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance, B.S. in Dance Management, B.S. in American Dance Pedagogy, and B.S. in Entertainment Business degree programs. The school consists of the Dance Department, chaired by Jo Rowan, and the Arts Management Department chaired by Dean John Bedford.

The Dance Department's affinity has been primarily with dance for the commercial entertainment industry rather than non-profit concert dance.  Tap, jazz, and musical theater dance are primary, although dance performance majors must take ballet daily.  Ten levels of instruction are offered in tap, jazz, and ballet.  Courses are also offered in rhythm tap and theater dance. The department also provides dance technique instruction to theater, musical theater, and vocal performance music majors.

About Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City University was founded in 1904 and is a coeducational, urban, private university located in the Uptown district of Oklahoma City. The university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers a wide variety of degrees in the liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Oklahoma City University is the only Oklahoma institution listed in the top tier of the regional, master's-level university category by U.S. News and World Report magazine, and the university has been recognized repeatedly as one of The Chronicle of Higher Educations Great Colleges to Work For.

Employee Benefits

The position includes an excellent benefit package including: tuition remission for spouses and children pursuing a degree at Oklahoma City University and over 500 other participating private institutions, health insurance, long term disability, life insurance, family membership to fitness center, TIAA-CREF retirement plan.

Procedure for Submitting Applications

Submit a CV, cover letter, list of 3-5 professional references, statement of teaching philosophy, and unofficial transcripts.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Contact for Additional Questions

Please email questions about the position or the search to Melanie Shelley, Associate Dean, mshelley@okcu.edu.

Oklahoma City University is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the values and goals of diversity.

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