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University at Buffalo Assistant Professor, Dance in Buffalo, New York

Position Title: Assistant Professor, Dance

Posting Number: F2100164

Employer: State

FTE: 1.00

Position Summary:

The Department of Theatre and Dance ( at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (UB), invites applications for a full-time, 10-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Dance beginning August 2022.

We seek a dance artist and-or scholar who will contribute to our new MFA in Dance and our nationally known BA and BFA undergraduate programs through the continued investigation of their area of dance specialization. We seek a highly motivated and collaborative colleague committed to the development of dance as a discipline and site of interdisciplinary inquiry; to furthering practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and to expanding artistic, pedagogical, and research practices with and through dance.

UB Dance is known for our comparative Jazz Dance curriculum, an undergraduate program with equal emphasis on concert and commercial dance, and an MFA that focuses on the integration of practical and theoretical inquiry. Our dance curricula are broad and dynamic; we encourage applications from all areas of expertise and genres of movement practice.

In support of their area of specialization, our new colleague will contribute to the development and teaching of undergraduate and graduate Dance curricula and University general education courses. They will engage with our dynamic production season and be part of our expert faculty team, contributing to recruiting diverse students from across the country, closely mentoring student research, and actively engaging with ongoing anti-racist work, and development of culturally relevant pedagogy.

The ideal candidate demonstrates a strong record of achievement in their area of creative activity and scholarship, engages in student-centered teaching practices, invests in mentoring a diverse student population, and is committed to cultivating their capacity as a leader in the field.

New faculty in Theatre and Dance join a department actively reimagining arts training and education. Our new partnership with Urban Bush Women provides practice and scholarship opportunities for students and the opportunity for faculty to work and learn with the company during their annual two-week residency. Current faculty engage in national and international research and artistic activities and are active presenters and leaders with Dance Studies Association, National Dance Education Organization, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, American College Dance Association, daCiWorld Dance Congress, DUMBO Dance Festival, Jacobs Pillow, Harvest Dance Festival Chicago, and more. Numerous opportunities exist to engage with the vibrant Buffalo arts community and University entities such as the UB Humanities Institute, UB Gender Institute, and UB Arts Collaboratory as well as to explore transdisciplinary connections within the University, a research 1 institution with over 400 degree programs.

The University at Buffalo is a premier, research-intensive public university and a member of the Association of American Universities. As the largest, most comprehensive institution in the 64-campus State University of New York system, UB is an established leader with award winning faculty and is consistently recognized for offering high-quality academics at an excellent value. With approximately 30,000 students and 2,500 faculty, UB offers more than 110 different undergraduate degrees and more than 300 graduate, professional and certificate programs.

The Department of Theatre & Dance is a hub for interdisciplinary arts activity within the university, intersecting with Music, Visual Studies, Media Study, Architecture, and English among others. In addition to its regular production season, UB Dance, housed in the Center for the Arts, actively partners with University entities, including the Humanities Institute, Arts Collaboratory, UB Distinguished Visiting Scholars program, UB Art Galleries, and the Gender Institute.

UB Dance provides a nurturing and challenging artistic community that equally emphasizes strong academic education and intensive dance training. The BA, BFA , and MFA dance degrees offer in-depth curriculums with creative tracks that prepare students for a broad range of professional careers.

Buffalo, NY is a vibrant arts and cultural center that includes over twenty theatres, several professional and community dance organizations, outstanding architecture and numerous art galleries. It is home to well-known organizations, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, ArtPark, Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Just Buffalo Literary Center, Burchfield Penney Art Center and more. The Buffalo-Niagara region has a diverse blend of communities, each with its own distinct character, and is known for its affordable living and family friendly atmosphere. Located on Lake Erie, just south of Niagara Falls, Buffalo’s surrounding natural areas, state parks, beaches, rivers and ski areas provide abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation and leisure. Buffalo is centrally located, with easy access to other metropolitan hubs in the Northeast including New York City, Boston, Chicago, Toronto and Montreal.

The University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MFA and/or PhD in Dance or related field.

  • Minimum of two years of teaching.

  • Documented excellence in one or more areas of specialization.

  • Demonstrates and supports a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in curriculum and teachings and artistic and research activity.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years teaching in higher-ed.

  • Research specialization investigating intersections of theory and practice.

  • Ability to teach across multiple practice-based genres and lecture-based courses.

Deadline for Applicants: Open Until Filled

Quicklink for Posting: 31278