Clinical Assistant Professor of Dance - School of Music, Dance and Theatre

School of Music, Dance and Theatre

Job description:

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks a dedicated dance artist-educator committed to advancing equity in dance practices. The ideal candidate is a dance educator who is cutting-edge in their teaching and work, a risk-taker, a creative responder who is asking critical questions about dance and society across curricula and their profession. This is a full-time clinical assistant professor appointment, beginning Fall 2023. 

Principal duties for this teaching intensive position include teaching across the curriculum with a focus in contemporary ballet and/or contemporary modern as well as coursework based on the expertise of the candidate. The ideal candidate will teach through an equity-based lens that centers issues of inclusion and diversity in their course content and teaching methods. Additionally, there is an expectation to work collaboratively across the School of Music, Dance and Theatre and contribute to the breadth and depth of course offerings for major and non-major students in in-person, online and hybrid learning environments. The successful candidate will supervise and mentor student projects, including senior thesis research and MFA applied projects in a range of contexts. In addition to teaching, active participation in shared faculty governance and service within the School, Institute, and University is expected.

About the School of Music, Dance and Theatre

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is widely recognized for preparing artists, scholars, visionaries and entrepreneurs to become creative leaders who transform society through their art. Our internationally recognized faculty artists, scholars and guest artists are motivating and compassionate mentors who work with students to cultivate excellence and personal growth. Our nationally recognized programs feature a comprehensive range of degrees plus minors and certificates and more than 600 concerts, events, performances, productions and recitals each year. Located in the culturally rich Southwest in one of the most vibrant, expanding urban centers, our programs afford students access to a diverse environment and engagement in Phoenix’s flourishing arts community. Above all, we value the creativity, personal experience and voice each student brings to the school. For more information on the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, visit

Required qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to foster the educational and cultural needs of all ASU students who study dance, and to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in their teaching and the field.
  • Demonstrated pedagogical excellence and innovation in the teaching of contemporary ballet and/or contemporary modern dance.
  • Graduate degree in dance or a related field or commensurate experience; a graduate degree is required for international applicants.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including computer and media/technology skills.

Desired qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the collegiate level and/or in other contexts (e.g.  professional nonprofits and companies, community organizations, health and wellness, K-12 settings, etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate student-centered, reflexive, embodied learning experiences.
  • Ability to teach courses currently represented in the ASU dance program, including dance sciences, dance technology and media, dance history and theory, somatic practices or creative practices.
  • Ability to teach dance practices from the African diaspora, Asian, Latinx, and Indigenous communities.
  • Ability to design and implement curriculum and programs, including online and in-person courses, in and across the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA) and in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre.
  • Emerging or established presence in the field as a creative artist, scholar, or researcher.
  • Evidence of service to or leadership in the field.
  • An interest in innovative and interdisciplinary practices that broaden current notions of dance.

Application deadline:

The application deadline is December 2, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

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Instruction to apply:

Please submit:

  • Letter of interest addressing how the candidate uniquely meets the qualifications for the position, in particular: work experience, innovative teaching, creative activity and/or research, collaboration and service.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • A separate document with the names and contact information of at least three references.
  • A document with a live hyperlink to a video no more than ten minutes in duration that shows the candidate’s recent teaching (within the last five years).
  • One of the following:
    • A document with a hyperlink to a video no more than ten minutes in duration that shows the candidate’s recent creative work (within the last five years), or
    • A document with a hyperlink to a video no more than ten minutes in duration that shows the candidate’s recent scholarship (within the last five years); or
    • An example of a recent publication or writing sample sent as a PDF.


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