Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance

  • The University of Iowa
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time Theatre & Dance

Job Description

Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance University of Iowa, Department of Dance Iowa City, Iowa 

Appointment begins: August 17, 2022

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Responsibilities: Teach all majors levels of ballet and contemporary movement practices. Contribute to the delivery of other dance courses given the candidate's areas of expertise and departmental needs. Other duties could include supervision of graduate student independent projects and theses, undergraduate student recruiting and advising, directing the student repertory dance company, and attending to other departmental and university service assignments as needed.

Preference will be given to applicants who possess the qualifications and experience to teach majors-level ballet and contemporary dance, and at least two or more of the following at both undergraduate and graduate levels: dance composition, dance studies, hip hop, house and/or jazz forms. We especially welcome candidates of diverse social identities to join our faculty, and to contribute to the heterogeneous and multi-perspective culture of our Department. 

Required Qualifications: M.F.A. or Ph.D. degree (must be in hand by start date); significant professional experience in contemporary dance; demonstrated ability to teach contemporary dance forms including ballet and at least one other approach to teaching contemporary movement practices; administrative skills; general IT proficiency.

Desired Qualifications: university-level teaching experience; qualifications to teach courses in one or more of the following: dance composition, dance studies, hip hop, house and/or jazz forms; demonstrated strong record of creative research/activity and/or scholarly research; demonstrated capacity for course development and design.

Application: To apply for this position go to and refer to requisition 74512. Supporting materials and contact information for three references can be attached during the online application process. Supporting materials should include: 1) Curriculum vitae; 2) a letter of interest including information a) your teaching experience and philosophy in movement practices courses, and b) the nature and significance of your creative and/or scholarly research; c) how values of diversity, equity and inclusion are present in your approach to teaching and research; 3) three letters of recommendation; 4) links to samples of body-based creative research samples (completed works of any length may be submitted, no excerpts) and/or research samples of scholarship in dance history/theory; 5) links to at least one sample of dance technique teaching. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.

General Information: The University of Iowa, Department of Dance offers BA, BFA and MFA degrees with a major emphasis in performance and choreography. The Dance Department produces eight to ten concerts each academic year, along with Dancers In Company, the UI student repertory ensemble, which tours Iowa and the surrounding states. The Dance Department currently has a nine member faculty serving approximately 90 undergraduate dance majors and 12 graduate students. The Dance Department is an integral component of The UI Division of Performing Arts of the College of Liberals Arts and Sciences. The University of Iowa is known for its thriving arts units and an active community arts scene. Located 60 miles west of the Mississippi River, the University of Iowa is an international campus with over 30,000 students from around the world.

For more information about the University of Iowa Department of Dance please visit our website at

The Department of Dance and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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