California State University, Fresno
College of Arts & Humanities
Department of Theatre Arts
Fall 2023 (August 2023)
The Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of Arts and Humanities at California State University, Fresno seeks applicants for a tenure-track, academic-year position as an Assistant Professor of Dance. This candidate will be broadly trained with expertise in Somatically-informed Modern Dance Technique (intermediate/advanced level), Choreography/Composition, Balance Body Mind and Pilates. Specific teaching assignments will depend on the candidate's expertise and departmental needs, which may include Afro-Caribbean, and/or continental African dance forms, Asian, Indigenous, and/or Latin American dance studies, or other dance centric studies. additional responsibilities may include: teaching online courses and advising students about their academic progress and careers in dance.
The successful candidate will teach undergraduate students, be active in scholarly and applied research, and engage in service activities. Our faculty are expected to be innovative, adaptive, engaging teachers across modalities; producers of impactful creative and/or scholarly work; leaders in meaningful service activities to multiple communities creating a place where everyone's wellbeing is supported through respectful, authentic, and engaged relationships with each other.
Dance studies within the Department of Theatre and Dance meet current standards in dance education and are a solid foundation for the expected needs of the increasing numbers of dance students within the Central San Joaquin Valley service area. Our dance program currently includes a BA in Dance, a Minor in Dance and General Education courses. Soon the new California Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Dance will be added. The curriculum establishes a foundation rich in the core areas of dance and is designed to educate students to become skillful, articulate, expressive movers; find their own voice as creative artists; develop the ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment; and grow in their conceptual understanding of dance as an art form in relation to the other arts and the diverse global society in which they live.
The Department of Theatre and Dance currently has eight full-time faculty, several part-time faculty, and over 250 students enrolled in various dance courses. Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.
Our Students: California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
- An MFA in Dance, Choreography or closely related terminal degree from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent is required. Applicants nearing completion of the terminal degree may be considered. For an appointment, the degree must be completed by the date of appointment (August 1, 2023).
- Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
- Minimum of 2 years of experience teaching at the undergraduate college level or in an equivalent professional setting.
- Demonstrated excellence in a somatically-informed pedagogy, a commitment to creative research in performance and/or publication, and willingness to make contributions to strengthening our current dance curriculum, participating in recruitment, retention, and graduation strategies; and mentoring students in deep and meaningful ways.
- An active career engaged as a dance practitioner/or scholar as evidenced by CV. This includes dance training, performing, choreographing, restaging, and/or collaborating and as a dance educator. Specially within the realm of somatically-informed Modern Dance Technique (intermediate/advanced level), Choreography/Composition, Balance Body Mind and Pilates. As well as Afro-Caribbean, and/or continental African dance forms, Asian, Indigenous, and/or Latin American dance studies, or other dance centric studies.
- Somatic certification or advanced knowledge of one or more somatic practices.
- A record of innovative approaches to dance education as evidenced by syllabus, teaching philosophy or teaching demonstration sample.
- Expertise in assessing student learning capabilities and learning styles and understanding how to develop curriculum of assigned courses.
Application Procedures: The review of applications will begin on November 14, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. This position automatically closes on May 1, 2023. Apply online at http://jobs.csufresno.edu and attach the following:
- A cover letter, specifically addressing the specific areas of the required experience and preferred qualifications;
- Current curriculum vitae
- Unofficial Transcripts;
- List of three professional references;
- Candidate statement on commitment to inclusive excellence. This statement provides the candidate's unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of this statement is to help the department identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help California State University, Fresno contribute to its mission in these areas.
All finalists will be requested to send official transcripts from all relevant educational programs and three professional references to submit current letters of recommendation.
Search Chair: Professor Kenneth Balint
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts & Humanities
About Fresno State
California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, visit: http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/diversity
The campus is ranked 24th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges.
Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit: www.fresnostate.edu/academics/facultyaffairs/procedures/facultyrtp/. We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.
The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.
Other Campus Information:
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A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.
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