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Assistant Professor of Dance

Apply now Job no: 493562
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fullerton
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine and Applied Arts, Tenure Track, Full Time

College of the Arts
Department of Theatre and Dance
Assistant Professor
Fall 2020

The Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of the Arts at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor in Dance with the appointment to begin Fall 2020.

California State University, Fullerton is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. CSUF fosters an inclusive environment within which students, faculty, staff, and administrators thrive. Individuals advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals and those from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

CSUF faculty are committed teachers and scholars who bring research and creative discovery to students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on departmental and university committees. The primary responsibilities of the person in this position will include teaching all levels of ballet technique (beginning, intermediate, and advanced) that is based on sound anatomical and wellness principles coupled with a value of diverse aesthetics to undergraduate students. This person will also be responsible for producing creative/scholarly work commensurate with the requirements for tenure. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in their discipline and larger university communities.

The Department

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts in Dance for students seeking a broad and rich background in both theory and practice. The program serves approximately 100 dance majors, with 4 full-time and 7 part-time faculty members. In addition, the dance program offers numerous general education experiences to thousands of CSUF students each semester. The dance curriculum includes intensive training in modern/contemporary dance, ballet, and dance composition; this is complemented by improvisation, dance history, kinesiology, dance pedagogy, and diverse performing experiences. The dance program is integrated with the theatre production program and produces two main-stage productions a year in addition to several smaller studio productions. The dance program actively participates in the American College Dance Festival and has been selected to perform in the Gala Concerts. The program has also received honors at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Cal State Fullerton Department of Theatre and Dance is fully accredited by National Association of Schools of Dance and the National Association of Schools of Theatre and is a member of University Resident Theater Association and United States Institute for Theatre Technology. For more information about the department, please visit: http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/dance/.


The primary professional responsibilities of this instructional faculty member are to teach undergraduate-level courses in all levels of ballet technique (beginning, intermediate, and advanced) based on sound anatomical and wellness principles coupled with a value of diverse aesthetics. Other duties could include teaching dance composition, pointe, men’s class, classical variations, repertoire, partnering, dance conditioning as well as choreographing for dance concerts, which is strongly encouraged but not required. In addition, the person in this position will be expected to participate in advising students; engage in active peer-reviewed creative/scholarly activities; participate in department, college, university, and system-wide service including participating with dance auditions and recruitment; maintain office hours, and work collaboratively and productively with colleagues. Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching; a record of peer-reviewed creative/scholarly activity in the discipline; and strong leadership contributions to school, college and university committees and to external professional organizations that serve the broader discipline’s communities.

Required Qualifications:

  • MFA in Dance
  • Evidence of professional experience in the dance field
  • Evidence of successful college-level teaching or other professional settings in all levels of ballet technique using sound anatomical and wellness principles
  • Evidence of successful creative/scholarly activities
  • Evidence of the ability to balance excellent teaching, scholarship, and service
  • Experience in working collaboratively with colleagues and communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in teaching diverse student populations, including first‐generation college students

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to teach dance composition
  • Evidence of successful teaching in the area of classical variations and/or repertoire
  • Demonstrated ability to teach pointe or men’s class and/or partnering

Application Procedure

A complete online application must be received by electronic submission in order to receive consideration. To apply, please visit http://hr.fullerton.edu/careers/ to complete the required online Fullerton application, apply to requisition #493562, and provide the following required materials:

  • Letter of application responding to your experience related to the required qualifications and discussing your teaching philosophy and pedagogical practices with dance students
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Candidate Diversity Statement

This statement provides the candidate’s unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of the diversity statement is to help departments identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or the willingness to engage in activities that will help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas.

  • A list of three references with relevant contact information

Finalists will be asked to submit additional information:

  • Samples of choreographic work and/or essays, articles, publications
  • Finalists invited for an on-campus interview will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation. Please have these ready for the referents to submit.
  • Additional material such as current course outlines, course assignments, and rubrics may also be requested.

Please do not send additional materials until requested to do so. The finalists for the position will be contacted when to submit and are required to submit all materials for full consideration.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dale A. Merrill, Dean, College of the Arts at dmerrill@fullerton.edu with “Dance Search” in the subject line or call 657-278-3256.

To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by October 1, 2019. The anticipated appointment date is August 17, 2020.

Additional Information

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner, and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit:


The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self‐disclose.

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