Teaching Assistant Professor
Department of Dance
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Dance seeks candidates for a position of Teaching Assistant Professor of Dance. This is a one-year, full-time non-tenure track appointment on an academic year (nine-month) service basis paid over twelve months. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to college-level teaching, an ability to provide courses suitable for a diverse student population and must exhibit versatile instructional ability for undergraduate and graduate students. Primary specialization should be in teaching Ballet with additional expertise in physical practices that may include contemporary expressions of techniques ranging from African, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Modern. Secondary expertise in teaching somatic practices or choreographic process is also desired. Other duties may include choreographing or occasional directing of departmental concerts, undergraduate advisement, assisting with recruitment activities and service on departmental committees. Proposed start date will begin August 16, 2021.
- Terminal degree in Dance or a related field. (Candidates with equivalent professional experience will be considered for appointment at the rank of clinical assistant professor.)
- Primary specialization in teaching Ballet with additional expertise in physical practice that may include African, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Modern. Secondary expertise in somatic practices (Yoga, Feldenkrais, Pilates) choreographic process, dance studies/theory, performance studies, pedagogy.
- Three years of combined teaching and professional experience in a field relevant to the course(s) being taught. Merit-based exceptions to this qualification will be considered.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities: Teach all levels of major and non-major technique in primary area of expertise; teach additional undergraduate courses in areas of secondary expertise; choreograph for departmental concerts; occasional directing of departmental concerts; undergraduate advisement; assisting with recruitment activities; academic advising; service on departmental committees.
Proposed start date: August 16, 2021
Salary: Commensurate with rank and experience.
To apply, please create your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload the following:
- Cover letter, including areas of expertise and interest
- Curriculum vitae
- Teaching philosophy
- Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Candidates should submit a personal statement that details how they have worked to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in previous positions and/or how they would plan to continue doing so at University of Illinois.
- Name and contact information of three references
- Samples of teaching: Video clips, sample syllabi
- Please provide video links to view performance and/or choreography footage, along with written descriptions. Video Work should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. Each sample should be no longer than 3-5 minutes. If you link to a longer video sample, provide a timestamp where reviewers should begin and end watching/listening (ex. “Start at 10:00 and End at 13:00). If you don’t provide this guidance, reviewers will be instructed to view only the first 3-5 minutes.
To ensure full consideration, applications must be submitted by April 26, 2021. Interviews may take place and offers may be made before the closing date, but all applications received by the applicable closing date will receive full consideration for the position.
Please direct any inquiries to Anna Sapozhnikov, Assistant Head of Academic Program Administration and Engagement in the Department of Dance firstname.lastname@example.org or Tara Heiser, Office Administrator, Performing Arts Service Center at email@example.com or (217) 244-2600.
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