The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Dance invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 23, 2018. Accredited as an Associate Member of the National Association of Schools of Dance, UMBC offers B.A. in Dance and a Dance Minor. Department enrollment includes approximately 50 dance majors and 10 dance minors. UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service. The campus offers students a strong liberal arts foundation and is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning. UMBC is especially proud of the diversity of its student body and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position as our strong commitment to increasing faculty diversity. Located along the Baltimore-Washington corridor, the campus is 15 minutes from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and 30 minutes from Washington D.C. Area dance venues for faculty research include Dance Place, the Kennedy Center, Baltimore Theatre Project, local galleries, ACDA conferences, and UMBC’s own Baltimore Dance Project.
The Dance Department resides in UMBC’s new Performing Arts and Humanities Building, which features large, fully equipped studios and state-of-the-art performing spaces. The department values innovation, and is particularly interested in scholars who are thinking about the changing world of dance, and what it means to be a dancer or dance artist today and into the future. The successful candidate must demonstrate professional artistic accomplishment, strong potential for attracting funding, dedication to teaching, commitment to inclusive excellence in higher education, strong interpersonal skills, and strength in areas that both enhance and advance the mission of the department. The department welcomes artists whose work is interdisciplinary, or collaborative.
MFA or PhD, with professional experience
Two or more years of college-level teaching experience or the equivalent
Ability to teach all levels of Contemporary/Modern dance technique, Dance Composition, and Senior Projects - the capstone course for the major
Ability to teach courses in one or more of the following areas: World Dance, African or African Diaspora Dance, Dance History, Ballet, Writing in the Discipline, Dance and Technology, Interdisciplinary Performance, Somatics, Movement Analysis, Improvisation, Dance Entrepreneurship, Hip Hop, Jazz.
Teach five courses or the equivalent per academic year
Direct one major student dance concert per academic year (linked to one of the five assigned courses)
Mentor student choreographers
Foster a positive learning environment that values diversity and student success
Maintain a significant level of research/professional practice commensurate with advancement toward promotion and tenure
Participate in department and university governance
UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. UMBC emphasizes science, engineeri...ng, information technology, human services and public policy at the graduate level. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the State and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships, and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community. UMBC is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning.