Friday, November 8, 2019
Assistant Teaching Professor
Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA
The Department of Performing Arts at Drexel University is seeking an outstanding artist to contribute to the growing reputation of its Dance Program through their teaching, their creation of works, and their connections to the wider dance communities of the region and beyond. The Assistant Professor/Assistant Teaching Professor of Dance is a full-time position (tenure or non-tenure track position based on qualifications, record of creative activities, and research).
We are seeking an outstanding dance artist to contribute to the growing reputation of our Dance program through their teaching, their creation of works, and their connections to the wider dance communities of our region and beyond. The faculty member will teach undergraduate courses in all levels of either modern, ballet, or practices of the African diaspora such as Afro- Caribbean Dances, Capoeira, African Contemporary Techniques, etc. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a high level of notable personal scholarship as applicable to the discipline in the form of artistic investigation and creative activity, and through connections to meaningful artistic companies and dance organizations.
Faculty member should have a strong interest and expertise in urban dance education and will be involved in promoting and supporting educational programs in local Philadelphia public schools. Faculty member will also be expected to teach dance academic courses (e.g. Dance Pedagogy, Dance Appreciation, and/or Dance History etc.), create works on student dancers for concerts, and participate in recruitment and auditioning. Other teaching opportunities may include developing and teaching courses related to research interests and areas of expertise. Faculty members are expected to contribute to the department, school, and university through committee service and faculty shared-governance responsibilities.
The dance program at Drexel University offers a four year BS in Dance, which tracks students to one of three graduate programs: an MS in Education (an accelerated 5 year program) through Drexel’s School of Education, an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy Program or a Doctorate in Physical Therapy through Drexel’s college of Nursing and Health Professions. A fourth track of the major, the Custom Designed Track, supports students in performing, choreographic and administrative careers in dance. The dance program enrolls 40 majors, 20 minors, and services 250 students each term in dance technique classes, including a dance track of the college’s Entertainment & Arts Management major. The program also sponsors three student dance companies, one which tours at local elementary schools, and two which perform fully produced concerts twice yearly in the state of the art Mandell Theater. The program also participates in several ongoing community engagement projects in the Philadelphia public schools and community settings including the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. A unique aspect of the Drexel Dance program is that it requires all students to participate in a six month co-op experience in their junior year which has them working full-time in the dance or related fields. Additionally, the Dance program encourages students to avail themselves of Study Abroad opportunities including a program in the United Kingdom in collaboration with the London Dance Conservatory.
Teach undergraduate courses in all levels of either modern, ballet, or practices of the African diaspora, such as Afro-Caribbean Dances, Capoeira, African Contemporary Techniques, etc.
Promote and support educational programs in local Philadelphia public schools.
Teach dance academic courses (e.g. Dance Pedagogy, Dance Appreciation, and or Dance History, etc.)
Create works on student dancers for concerts.
Participate in recruitment and auditioning.
Contribute to department, school, and university through committee service and faculty shared-governance responsibilities.
Maintain a high level of notable personal scholarship as applicable to the discipline in the form of artistic investigation and creative activity, and through connections to meaningful artistic companies and dance organizations.
Master’s Degree or Higher in Dance or equivalent graduate level degree in dance and/or education
Minimum 3 years of experience
Significant performing and choreographing experience
Experience related to K-12 public education or community dance education programs
Location: University City, Philadelphia, PA
Apply through: https://careers.drexel.edu/cw/en-us/job/492992?lApplicationSubSourceID=11250
Please address questions to Search Committee Chair, Sandra Parks: Drexel University
3141 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
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