The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks an exceptional dance artist-educator with expertise in somatics and/or movement therapies or dance education. We value an artist/maker who is cutting-edge in the profession, a risk-taker, creative responder who is asking potent questions with their work. This is a full-time position, with appointment type and rank based on experience, beginning fall 2022.
Principal duties for this position include teaching across the curriculum with a focus in: somatics, movement therapies, dance education, movement practices, or creative practices based on the expertise of the candidate. The position includes mentoring and advising students at undergraduate and graduate levels. 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 both in-person and online learning environments. The successful candidate will supervise and mentor student projects, including senior thesis research and MFA applied projects in a range of contexts. The faculty member is expected to maintain or develop a national profile as a professional artist and/or scholar who is able to connect classroom experiences to professional practice. In addition to teaching, active participation in shared faculty governance and service within the School, Institute, and University is expected.
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.
About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:
ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. The Herberger Institute comprises the schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.
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 musicdancetheatre.asu.edu.
The dance program at ASU offers a rich and culturally diverse curriculum, grounded in the core values of creativity, embodiment, acknowledgement and humanity. In addition to a focus on dance making, teaching practices and scholarship, the curriculum emphasizes and highlights a range of movement practices, including Hip Hop, salsa, contemporary modern dance, contemporary ballet and somatic movement inquiry. With approximately 100 undergraduate dance majors and about 15 MFA students, the dance program is a dynamic teaching and learning environment in which production, curriculum and social partnership are mutually supportive. Each year we present an extensive season of productions and events that push the boundaries of dance. The dance faculty engage in a wide spectrum of artistic and movement practices, emphasizing creative inquiry, somatic perspectives, and trans-disciplinary research. Our aim is to advance the field of dance education and to cultivate artists, teachers, leaders, and scholars who will move and think critically across diverse careers.
- Demonstrated ability to foster the educational and cultural needs of all ASU students who study dance, and to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the field.
- Demonstrated pedagogical excellence and innovation in the teaching of dance.
- Record of creative activity and/or scholarship.
- Graduate degree in dance or a related field or commensurate experience; a graduate degree is required for international applicants.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills; computer and media/technology skills.
- Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the collegiate level and in other contexts (e.g. PreK-12, professional non-profits and companies, community organizations, health and wellness, special populations, etc.)
- Ability to teach tap, jazz (vernacular), Afro-Caribbean, and/or continental African dance forms.
- Experience teaching PreK-12 teacher preparation and teaching praxis courses at the collegiate level.
- Graduate degree in dance or Master’s Equivalency with PreK-12 certification, or Ph.D. inDance with studies focused on education, or an EdD or PhD in Education, or professional PreK-12 Dance Education Certification with teaching experience in PreK-12 education.
- Somatics certification or advanced knowledge of one or more somatic practices.
- National/International record of creative activity and/or scholarship.
- An interest in innovative and interdisciplinary practices that broaden current notions of dance and education.
- 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.
- Letter of interest addressing how the candidate uniquely meets the qualifications for the position, in particular: work experience, creative activity and/or research, collaboration, innovative teaching, and service;
- Curriculum vitae;
- A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
- Names and contact information of at least three references; and,
- A document with up to five live hyperlinks to a variety of samples of the candidate’s recent (within the last five years) creative work, teaching, and/or scholarly research. For detailed instructions on how to create a document with live hyperlinks, please click here.
The application deadline is December 27, 2021. 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.
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