Tenure Track Position in Dance

Bucknell University

Tenure Track Position in Dance

Job No: 497510
Position Type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Theatre & Dance

Bucknell University’s Department of Theatre and Dance invites applications for a full-time Tenure Track Faculty Position in Dance with expertise in a non-Eurocentric dance form, ballet technique and composition. This position consists of a 5 course teaching load (3/2) with a start date of August 1, 2024.

Providing an excellent education to all students requires a firm and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels of the institution. Inside the classroom and beyond, we strive to foster an environment in which our students engage with, understand and appreciate perspectives, people and cultures that are different from their own. These experiences position students to enrich their knowledge of self and others, examine their values, and develop skills in critical thinking and collaboration — all of which prepare students to make valuable contributions in a diverse, globally integrated world.

MFA Terminal degree or PhD with accompanying performance and choreographic experience in dance concerts/stage productions.
At least two years of demonstrated choreographic and performing experience.
Demonstrated commitment to building an inclusive and equitable educational environment.
Previous teaching experience required and experience mentoring and recruiting students is strongly preferred.
Ability to work collaboratively with other faculty, staff, directors and designers.
Ability to develop student-centered pedagogies, consistent with best practices in dance training.

A successful candidate will engage in inclusive, student-centered learning strategies that contribute to the advancement of a well-established and growing department that serves an increasingly diverse student body.

Teaching: This faculty member will play a primary role in teaching within the Dance Program’s curriculum and choreographing for departmental productions. Teaching duties include one level of dance composition, offering one technique course each semester in a non-Eurocentric dance form in the area of the candidate’s expertise (i.e. West African dance, classical Indian dance form(s), Hip Hop, Chinese watersleeves), and all levels of ballet technique. The faculty member will direct a mainstage concert each year, in rotation, which is recognized as part of the teaching load.

Bucknell’s Dance curriculum serves dance minor students, theatre majors/minors, and the general student population. The successful candidate will also be expected to engage in curriculum development and teach courses that serve the College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum requirements, such as Foundation Seminars and /or Interdisciplinary Perspectives courses.

Scholarship: Faculty scholarship primarily consists of creating new or restaged choreography that serves dance productions each semester, including one piece each semester for a fully-produced mainstage concert and an occasional contribution to more informal showcase concerts. Additionally, the faculty member is expected to pursue additional scholarship in the field within their area of expertise outside the university. A successful candidate will demonstrate effective collaborative skills to develop concepts and realize choreography with costume, scenic and lighting designers with production teams comprised of students, faculty and staff.

Service: Service expectations of this position will include mentoring student choreographers, advising dance minors, engaging in new student recruitment (including the Arts Merit Scholarship program), directing the showcase concert that features the work of composition students, and serving as rehearsal director for week-long guest artist residencies (an average of 2 per year). It is expected that the faculty member would attend department and program meetings, participate in the department and program administrative needs, hold regular office hours, and eventually participate in faculty governance.

Additionally, a successful candidate will engage in community building across the campus, and eventually build partnerships with other programs, centers, student groups or affinity programs.

How to Apply:
http://apply.interfolio.com/XXXX. The application should include:
Curriculum Vitae
Cover letter
Three letters of recommendation. Please provide phone and email contact information for each reference.
Teaching and artistic philosophy which includes a discussion of candidate’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
Link to choreography and performance portfolio

The review of applications will begin November 3, 2023 and continue until filled. We expect to have on-campus interviews in late January, 2024. We seek to fill the position early in 2024, with a start date in August 2024.

Work Type:
This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, exempt faculty position. Bucknell offers a competitive wage and comprehensive benefits plan.


Eligible full- and part-time employees are compensated beyond base salary through our total rewards package that includes (but is not limited to):
– flexible scheduling options determined by role;
– medical, prescription drug, vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance options
– an outstanding 10% employer contribution to your retirement plan (no contribution requirement for non-exempt positions)
– full-time and part-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for themselves. Additionally, full-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for their spouse/spousal equivalent and are eligible for various tuition programs for their children. Credit for full-time benefits eligible employment at other institutions of higher education will be applied to waiting periods.
– a comprehensive employee wellness program including program incentives
– myriad other benefits, including parental leave, an employee assistance program, fitness center membership, and the power of your Bucknell ID card

To learn more about Bucknell’s benefits, click here! (*Eligibility criteria and waiting periods may apply.)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. We endeavor to enhance our capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings. We encourage all individuals to apply and do not discriminate in admissions, employment, educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

To apply, visit https://careers.bucknell.edu/en-us/job/497510/tenure-track-position-in-dance


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