Faculty - Dance

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

ID: 7187696 (Ref.No. 23O312241)
Posted: October 23, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description

The Department of Performing Arts at Rider University announces an opening for a full-time, tenure track appointment in dance for the BA in Dance and BA in Dance Science programs at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning September 1, 2024. The Department seeks a dynamic artist/educator who will join us in advancing dance to the highest professional standards while reinforcing body positivity and mind–body health and wellness. We seek a proponent of dance as an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible art that encompasses multiple dance forms.

Teaching responsibilities (18 hours per academic year or 3 courses per semester) may include courses in dance technique, choreography, movement theory, dance history, pedagogy and/or dance science, depending upon the successful candidate’s demonstrated strengths and expertise. The successful candidate will produce at least one annual dance concert in collaboration with other choreographers and will produce and advise senior capstone performances/showcases.

The successful candidate will lead recruitment efforts, advise dance majors and minors, and engage in departmental as well as university activities. Participation on departmental, college and/or university committees and other reasonable means of service are expected. Ongoing creative and/or scholarly work, which may include producing and/or choreographing external dance projects and/or more traditional scholarly pursuits will also be expected as the candidate moves through the promotion and tenure process.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) houses the School of Communication, Media, and Performing Arts (CMPA). The BA in Dance, which lives within the Department of Performing Arts, focuses on training dancers to establish, then progressively realize their highest artistic aspirations as dance creators, performers, producers and/or educators. The Department and program promote body positivity and healthful response to the physical and emotional demands of training and execution of dance, and commit themselves to fostering an ever-increasingly inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible and sustainable field. 

To learn more about the School of Communication, Media, and Performing Arts please visit our website at: http://www.rider.edu/academics/colleges-schools/college-arts-sciences/communication-media-arts

Position Requirements

Candidates must be demonstrated, effective teachers and be committed to excellence in developing and delivering strong dance and dance science curricula which enable each dancer’s passion, creativity, and intellect to develop as a performing artist and an individual.

An ideal candidate is a practicing dance artist and an inspiring educator with a demonstrated distinguished record in dance performance, choreography, dance education, and/or dance advocacy. Such a candidate will engage in creative and/or scholarly practice which parallels the department’s commitment to an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible arts community.

  • Demonstrated philosophical viewpoint and commitment to inclusivity, diversity, access, and equitable practice in dance education and across the field of dance in all forms.
  • Advanced degree (MA, MFA, MS) in dance or a closely related discipline.
  • Demonstrated record of distinguished professional dance experience as a performer and/or choreographer and/or producer of dance.
  • A demonstrated record of consistent, high-quality dance instruction both practical and theoretical, at the collegiate and/or professional level.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in at least two dance forms, including ballet, modern, hip hop, and non-Western dance forms.
  • Ability to choreograph in service to a broad range of student and student proficiencies.
  • Ability to devise, produce and direct cohesive dance showcase/production(s)

Additional expertise in somatic practices, dance conditioning, and injury prevention is desired to support the dancers’ physical and mental wellness for optimal performance.

Candidates with proficiency in dance forms outside of the traditional Western canon are encouraged to apply.

Position Preferred Qualifications/Experience

  • Service and/or ongoing involvement with professional dance organizations (National Dance Education Organization, Dance Educators of America, etc.)
  • National or international presence/recognition for research/scholarship in dance studies, dance performance, and/or dance science
  • Doctorate (PhD or EdD) in dance or a closely related discipline
  • Depth of knowledge in somatic practices, dance conditioning, and/or injury prevention
  • Active collaborations or partnerships with professional dance companies
  • Demonstrated ability to teach all levels of dance major and minor, focused on training in a broad range of dance practices including African diasporic and other non-Western forms.
  • Prior experience in dance curriculum and course development

About Rider University

The Rider University community is composed of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

Rider University is committed to fostering an inclusive, vibrant living and learning community that embraces students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds and enables them to achieve success.

Through reflection and open, respectful dialogue, we develop responsible citizens who demonstrate academic understanding and compassion to grow and serve as leaders in a diverse and global world.

Candidates with a demonstrated commitment supportive of the multicultural needs of Rider University and the surrounding community are highly desired.

Rider University is consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal and The Princeton Review. For more than a decade, Rider has also been recognized in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges for its sustainability efforts.
Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity. 

Special Instructions to Applicants

All applicants must complete an online application. A complete application must include:

● Letter of interest
● Curriculum vitae
● Statement of teaching philosophy and goals
● Statement outlining a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom including evidence of experience working with and teaching diverse students
● Link to an online portfolio of creative work

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit materials not later than November 15, 2023.

The completion of a background check is required for all new hires.