Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor - Two-Year Appointment
of Dance

The Dance Department invites applications for a two-year, visiting position at the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2018, with the possibility of renewal; terminal MFA, PhD or EdD preferred. We seek an artist-scholar with qualifications in both dance studio and theory-based courses, to teach five courses per year, with dance expertise that will diversify current curricular offerings.


  • Teach introductory through advanced levels of dance technique courses (for example, Hip-Hop, Capoeira, Urban Dance Forms, contemporary fusions, Latin or Asian dance forms)
  • Teach dance theory courses within the candidate's area/s of expertise (for example, multicultural dance histories, dance research methods, dance and film, cultural studies in dance, multicultural dance education, media and dance technologies, or dance and social change)
  • Choreograph for and with students and/or set repertory work on students
  • Participate in the artistic, administrative, and scholarly life of the Department, including concert direction
  • Participate in departmental curriculum design and development


A terminal degree in Dance is preferred, although a terminal degree in another discipline with professional experience in dance will be considered. Teaching experience in dance at the college level and evidence of artist/scholar activity are required.

We seek candidates who can diversify current course offerings by contributing courses not routinely offered within the Dance Department. The Department values intellectual, cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, and artistic diversity and encourages interdisciplinary teaching and research in keeping with the Colleges’ longstanding emphasis on interdisciplinary liberal arts education. We encourage the creative development of new methods and new lines of inquiry within the HWS dance education. For more information about the Dance Department, please visit http://www.hws.edu/academics/dance/.


Application deadline is March 15, 2018, but we will continue to review applications until the position is filled. Expected start date: July 1, 2018; teaching responsibilities begin August 2018.

Please submit the following documents via Interfolio https://apply.interfolio.com/49150:

  • Letter of application that addresses your qualifications for this position
  • Summary of your artistic/scholarly identity and teaching interests, including courses that would diversify current curricular offerings
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Names and contact information (telephone and e-mail) for three current references

Candidates of interest will be asked to submit graduate transcripts, video links of choreographic work, and/or further documentation of artistic/scholarly work through Inter-folio. Please do not submit additional materials unless requested.

Questions may be directed to Professor Donna Davenport, Search Committee Chair at davenport@hws.edu.

Questions regarding Interfolio should be directed to Peggy Ferran (ferran@hws.edu).


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