Associate or Assistant Professor of Dance - University at Buffalo

01 Dec 2016 7:03 AM | Anonymous member

The Department of Theatre & Dance at the University at Buffalo invites applications for a tenure track Associate or Assistant Professor of Dance who specializes in African Diasporic Dance techniques and Choreography. 

We seek a dance artist and teacher with significant professional and academic experience who will maintain a robust creative and/or scholarly research agenda, continue to develop professional relationships/affiliations nationally and internationally and further distinguish themselves as a leader and innovator in the field. This individual will contribute to our new MFA in Dance and expand our nationally known BA/BFA undergraduate programs through the integration of traditional and contemporary African Diasporic Dance (practices, histories, theories and aesthetics). This individual will also contribute through curriculum development, student mentorship, and artistic and administrative leadership. In addition to teaching Dance Making and African Diasporic Dance, our new colleague will be expected to teach additional theory and physical practice courses, participate in recruitment activities, and help strengthen transdisciplinary connections within the university.

The Dance program at the University at Buffalo is launching a new MFA in Dance starting Fall 2017, with an emphasis on Choreography. This program will attract students with diverse interests who want to expand their dance making skills in an interdisciplinary environment that supports collaborative artistic creation. This program complements our dynamic undergraduate and graduate program offerings that include BA & BFA in Dance, MA & PhD in Theatre & Performance, and BAs & BFAs in Theatre, Music Theatre, and Design Technology. MFA program highlights include: Close faculty mentorship; Core courses in Dance Making, Physical Practices, Theory, Pedagogy and Dance Science; Student crafted secondary area of study selected from the broader university offerings; Opportunities to work withnational and international guest artists; and production opportunities throughout the year at the fully equipped Center for the Arts and the intimate Katharine Cornell Theatre.

Minimum Requirements

MFA and/or PhD in Dance or related field with a significant record of professional creative activity as a choreographer and performing artist and significant university teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate will have expertise teaching Choreography and traditional and contemporary African Diasporic forms (West African, Hip Hop, classic comparative jazz dance and/or other techniques). Knowledge of lineage-based vernacular jazz movement is preferred with additional expertise in one or more of the following areas: improvisation, contemporary partnering, somatic techniques (Laban preferred), pedagogy, anatomy/kinesiology, modern/postmodern dance, ballet, or dance studies. 

The teaching load is 2 courses per semester. We are especially interested in individuals committed to collaboration who will contribute to the graduate program through course development, advising, and recruitment. Additionally, all Dance faculty mentor student research and creative activities; contribute to departmental dance concerts as director or choreographer; provide service to the department or university as appropriate; and actively support the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter; detailed CV; research statement; teaching statement; 2 sample syllabi; a pdf listing digital links to two creative work samples (7-10 minutes each); and a reference page with contact information for three references via:

Review of applications begins January 1, 2017. Questions should be directed to Karen Cleary at 285 Alumni Arena, Buffalo NY, 14260, The University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all individuals to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

 Congress on Research in Dance
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