Asian American Arts Alliance

School of Theatre + Dance

Faculty Position Announcement

Assistant Professor in Dance Studies


Position: Full-time, 9 month, tenure accruing faculty position

Date of Expected Hire: August 16, 2019

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Florida seeks an individual with a growing national/international research profile who will complement faculty expertise in rethinking dance studies and build upon our commitment to diverse dance practices, including contemporary/modern, somatics, Diasporic and global dance. The primary area of expertise we seek is in a Performance Studies approach to Dance, which includes the integration of theory and practice in dance studies. We welcome secondary expertise in studio practice, choreography, or repertory, and in interdisciplinary approaches to technology, pedagogy, anatomy, dancer wellness, and/or others. The candidate will contribute to the BA and BFA Dance curricula, and to the development of a future graduate program.


The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels.


The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive faculty, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.



  • Maintain research, scholarly, and/or creative activity that leads to publication and/or performance via appropriate platforms. Practice-as-research and community-engaged research are welcome.
  • Teach courses emphasizing the cultural forces shaping, and shaped by, Dance, and at the intersection of of dance theory and practice as appropriate.
  • Mentor senior projects and foster the agency and rigor of choreographic / interdisciplinary thought.
  • Contribute to Shared Governance and the advancement of the vision and mission of the College of the Arts.
  • Serve on School, College, and University committees as assigned.
  • Opportunity to design and teach courses in UF’s Quest multidisciplinary general education program; or What Is the Good Life? courses.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Performance Studies or terminal degree in Dance or a related field.
  • Evidence of success building functional and expressive learning communities that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Active research agenda to grow a national/international profile in scholarly and/or creative research, leading to tenure and promotion.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years full-time teaching experience in higher education and/or professional dance settings.
  • A commitment to innovative, online, and interdisciplinary curricula.


Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin Friday, November 30, 2018 and continue until an applicant pool is established. To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by Friday, November 30, 2018. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.


Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida’s online application system at Online applications must include the following: (1) a detailed letter of application that explains how you match the particular qualifications of this position and how your work and perspective will contribute to and enhance our transformative community; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) sample of scholarly writing (4) one page Teaching Philosophy with link to a full-length studio practice class in area of expertise; (5) one page Artist Statement with three links to choreographic samples (not exceed ten minutes per sample); (6) names and complete contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation will be requested of finalists).


Nominations and Inquiries may be sent to:

Mihai Ciupe

Chair, Dance Studies Search


The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call +1 (352) 392- 2477or the Florida Relay System at +1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

SCHOOL OF THEATRE + DANCE: The light-filled, state-of-the-art Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion is home to the School of Theatre + Dance (SoTD). The School’s international full-time faculty of 27 recognized artists and researchers, complemented by adjunct and guest faculty and staff, including full- and part-time professionals. The School offers MFA curricula in acting and in design/technology, which includes scene design, lighting design and costume technology; BFA programs in acting, musical theatre, scene design, lighting design and costume design; and a BA in general theatre. The School features two degree programs in dance designed to develop the individual voice of the dance artist, a BFA and a BA. Approximately 200 students major in the artistically diverse curricula of the School of Theatre + Dance. Through its production program, outreach and innovative programming, the School of Theatre + Dance provides multiple cultural opportunities annually to thousands of members of the University and the greater community. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. For more information, visit



The College of the Arts fosters creative activity, scholarly and artistic excellence, and innovation across disciplines. We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their critical thinking and inspiring a culture of curiosity and imagination. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,500 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 120 faculty members in its three accredited schools— the School of Art + Art History, the School of Music and the School of Theatre + Dance, and in the Center for Arts in Medicine and the Digital Worlds Institute. In addition, the college comprises the Center for Arts and Public Policy, the Center for World Arts, the University Galleries, and the University level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami.


The University of Florida:

The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation, ranked one of the top ten best public universities in the nation in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with more than 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical and cultural center of North Central Florida, with outstanding resources such as the University of Florida Performing Arts (Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Squitieri Studio Theatre, the Baughman Center, University Auditorium), the Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History and in the community, the Hippodrome State Theatre and Dance Alive National Ballet.

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