Assistant Professor of Dance – University of California, Riverside


Position Available 

Assistant Professor of Dance 

Department of Dance, College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences 

University of California, Riverside 

The Department of Dance at University of California, Riverside,, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position to begin July 1, 2017.

Responsibilities will include pursuing a professional research agenda; teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in the department’s composition, repertory, practice and performance curricula; directing undergraduate concerts; mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate choreography students; and participating in departmental activities and administrative service at college and campus levels.

Qualifications: MFA or MA received by June 30, 2017, or BA plus extensive professional experience; strong track record as a choreographer, performance artist and/or movement researcher/practitioner; college teaching experience; demonstrated administrative, artistic mentoring and producing experience; and an ability to work with and benefit a diverse, multi-ethnic, international environment.

Preference will be given to candidates:

 Who are working, in part or in full, outside of Euro-American concert dance traditions and movement practices, in such areas as: African/African American, Caribbean, Latinx and Latin American, Indigenous, Middle-Eastern, South/South East/Asian, Asian American and diasporic practices;

 Whose teaching methodology and/or creative research draws on a diverse range of compositional approaches and critical frames, including but not limited to: storytelling; political activation; ritual and sacred dance; social dance; disability studies; gender, queer, and trans performance; and indigeneity;

 Who have received substantial recognition for their work, through reviews, articles, grants and/or presentations, and who can demonstrate an ability to help build the national and international profile of the Department’s MFA program.

To Apply: Submit a 2-page cover letter; CV; three current letters of recommendation uploaded directly by the letter writers; two sample syllabi, a statement of contribution to diversity; and teaching evaluations if available. The applicant must also submit two excerpts from different works, 7-10 minutes each, as well as one full-length piece. Each work sample should be a continuous performance excerpt (no jump cuts or highlight reels), submitted via a stable online link (Youtube or Vimeo) and include performance credits and a 50-75 word description of the work embedded in the “Information” section of each hosted video.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2016. Position will remain open until filled.

Applications and materials must be submitted using UCR’s on-line application system located at:

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Starting Date: July 1, 2017. Fall quarter instruction begins September 25, 2017.

For additional information about the position, please contact: Assistant Professor Taisha Paggett, Search Committee Chair: For questions or help with the online application process, please contact Katrina Oskie: To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting materials should be received by December 1, 2016.

Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The UCR Department of Dance offers a BA in Dance, an MFA in Experimental Choreography, and a PhD in Critical Dance Studies. These innovative programs influence the fields of Dance and Dance Studies internationally, and their coexistence in a single department has established a model for connecting the theorization of dance and the making of dances without blurring the lines between them. Poised at an exciting place of expansion and renewal, the Dance Department seeks to continue its record of leadership by cultivating interdisciplinary and discipline-specific approaches to the study of dance and by productively destabilizing the field of contemporary choreography. Established in 1954, the UC Riverside campus today has a fast-growing population of approximately 19,000 students, the most diverse undergraduate student body in the UC system, and one of the most diverse in the nation.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.