Assistant Professor - Dance

  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Seattle, WA
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full time Theatre & Dance

Job Description

Founded in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle is one of only three arts colleges in the nation that offers baccalaureate degrees (BFA and BM) in both the performing and visual arts. It also offers multiple public programs and extension courses. One of the oldest arts and education institutions on the West Coast, the College has been at the center of the development of artistic life in Seattle for more than a century and its alumni can be found working in almost every arts organization in the city. Cornish is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The Dance Department of Cornish College of the Arts seeks an outstanding teaching artist to join its dynamic department. The ideal candidate will contribute their expertise in somatics, inclusive practice, and culturally responsive pedagogy to the ongoing process of curriculum revision while being adept at teaching across the undergraduate curriculum. Our new colleague will also participate in student mentoring, engage in recruitment efforts, and provide service to the College. This is a 2-year interim full-time appointment with the possibility of subsequent renewal.

The mission of Cornish is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation and discussion of the arts.

Our programs provide depth and breadth of training, freedom to experiment, and the space to develop a unique creative identity. Students develop healthy and sustainable practices necessary for working artists. Join this dynamic team and be a part of the growth and development of our talented students.

Job Responsibilities:


  • Teach up to 9 credits per semester, of which at least 2 credits per semester will be a contemporary or modern dance technique (e.g. release, West African, jazz, classical modern, etc.)
  • Contribute to the dancer wellness program in collaboration with our departmental Physical Therapist
  • Teach coursework that incorporates experiential anatomy and a range of somatic movement practices (e.g. Body Mind Centering, Feldenkreis, Open Source Forms, Bartenieff Fundamentals) in a way that respects cross-cultural differences in body-awareness
  • Make full and informed use of instructional technology and, as needed, participate in training and development


  • Serve on at least 2 college-wide committees
  • Attend weekly department meetings
  • Contribute to the Annual Program Review process
  • Attend recruitment events to include teaching auditions and master classes


  • Develop/implement holistic pedagogical practices that respect principles of anatomy in relation to dancer longevity and dancer wellbeing
  • Engage in personal research, such as creative practice, scholarship, research or scholarship of teaching
  • Provide collaborative research opportunities for students to be part of the creative scholarship practice
  • Foster a positive, caring, equitable learning environment where difference and pluralism are valued and all students have opportunities to be successful learners
  • Other duties as negotiated with Department Chair

Essential Qualifications:

  • An MFA in Dance
  • Evidence of early career success as a dance artist/scholar
  • A minimum of two years' prior experience teaching dance in Higher Education
  • Effective collaborative, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to the student experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely and effectively with a diverse student body, faculty and staff

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with collaborative curriculum development and collaborative teaching
  • Demonstrated potential to develop national standing within the profession
  • Administrative experience within the academic context
  • Experience with formal assessment of student learning outcomes, including a focus on closing student achievement equity gaps
  • Experience working with students in transition (first-year and transfer)
  • Demonstrate a desire for providing and implementing diverse curriculum

Application Procedures:

Please submit the following materials to

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Curriculum Vitae, including courses taught noting course level and position title
  3. Teaching Philosophy (1-2 pages)
  4. Work sample: links to YouTube, Vimeo, or other video hosting platform are ideal
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Cornish College of the Arts Employment Application
  7. Accepting applications until June 6, 2021

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural community comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

Cornish College of the Arts operates under a Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated with the Cornish Federation of Teachers (CFT). All faculty compensation placement abides by the salary scale negotiated with the CFT. Faculty participate in College governance via the Faculty Senate.

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