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Assistant Professor of Dance
California State University, Dominguez Hills

  • Sep. 6, 2017
  • Open until filled
  • Fall 2018
  • Assistant Professor
  • Dance
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Position Information

The faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance at California State University Dominguez Hills invites applications from individuals for a Tenure Track position in the Department of Theatre and Dance.


Responsibilities include teaching four undergraduate courses per semester from the following: All levels of Jazz, Tap, and Modern with the ability to teach from the following: ballet, Latin social, ballroom, hip-hop, Middle Eastern, and African Dance. Other courses may include: Music for Dance, courses related to musical theatre, Somatics, Dance for Children, Choreography, Dance Perceptions, Dance History, Dance Production. Choreograph and/or serve as artistic director for one to two faculty and student dance concerts &/or a Musical Theatre production. Choreograph or facilitate performances for additional on and off-campus events, festivals, etc. Other duties include curriculum development, student advisement for Dance majors/minors, participation in developing department procedures and guidelines, involvement in student recruitment, involvement in ACDA, and committee service at the department, college and university level. Faculty will be expected to continue their creative work and/or professional activities


The Ideal Candidate
Can show demonstrated teaching and choreographic success at the professional and academic level; excellent communication, organizational and leadership skills; strong commitment to student academic success, ability to act as a mentor, and sensitivity to equality and diversity issues.

Minimum Qualifications
- MFA or equivalent in Dance or related discipline by the date of appointment;
- Evidence of an active performance record or equivalent professional experience;
- Ability to teach lower and upper division jazz, tap, modern dance, and choreography;
- Ability to teach from the following: ballet, multi-cultural dance forms, music for dance, dance production, dance for children, somatics, dance history, dance appreciation, somatics, and other related courses;
- Ability to serve as artistic director for two or more dance concerts per academic year;
- Ability to choreograph for dance concerts and musical theatre productions;
- Proficient in PC and Mac, Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point, etc.;
- Experience in teaching undergraduates from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds, including adoption of appropriate pedagogical strategies for diverse populations.

The Department of Theatre and Dance seeks an enthusiastic individual who is sensitive to the diversity of the student body at California State University Dominguez Hills.

Preferred Qualifications
-MFA or PhD in Dance with a demonstrated record of excellent teaching of dance technique, dance history and related academic courses, and choreographing at the college/university level;
- Professional experience as a concert &/or musical theatre performer and choreographer;
- Evidence of successful research and/or artistic productions (i.e. producing professional concerts, choreographing for concerts &/or musical theatre, etc.);
- Demonstrated record of excellent teaching of lower and upper division jazz, tap, modern dance, and choreography;
- Experience to teach from the following: ballet, multi-cultural dance forms, music for dance, dance production, dance for children, somatics, dance history, dance appreciation, somatics, and other related courses;
- Professional experience to serve as the artistic director/choreographer for two or more dance concerts per year, to choreograph musical theatre productions and have experience working with scenic, lighting, sound designers;
- Proficient in PC and Mac, Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point, etc.
- Experience in teaching undergraduates from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds, including adoption of appropriate pedagogical strategies for diverse populations.

Background Checks
- The successful candidate is required to complete a thorough background check and the employment offer can be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying or falsified information.

Faculty Pay & Benefits

Appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, and salary will be dependent upon qualifications and professional experience.

For information about available benefits, go to

Department Marketing Statement

The Theatre & Dance Program offers courses in the fields of acting, dance, directing, choreographing, design and technical theatre, theatre and dance history, dramatic literature, speech, and others. Course requirements for both the major and the minor programs provide for flexibility and allow students considerable choice in planning their academic careers.

Theatre Arts Majors (Theatre Arts and Dance Options) and Theatre and Dance Minors participate in the department┬┐s ambitious production program through acting, dance, scenic design and construction, lighting, stage management, box office, and other areas. Academic credit is provided for such participation.

The mission of the Department of Theater & Dance is to engage students in active self-expression through appreciation of the arts as a cultural reflection. The combined arts of theatre and dance enable students to develop production and performance skills that enrich their lives as well as train them for careers in many related fields. Becoming familiar with the historical and cultural dimensions of theatre and dance provides insight into the arts as well as the intricacies of human behavior. This enhances the student’s ability to conceptualize ideas and formulate them in to artistic visions. Contemporary thinking about theatre, dance, and related arts emphasizes a social consciousness that is the foundation for lives of accomplishment within a pluralistic society. Theatre and Dance provides a community based experience that trains students in the intra and inter-personal skills that help them relate cooperatively to others of diverse ages and backgrounds. Experience in the group process encourages collaboration, communication, and the ability to think critically. Students can apply these competencies to all fields in which creative and interactive skills are factors in success. In this way, the students of Theater & Dance at Dominguez Hills learn how to prosper in their careers and find meaning in their lives.

For more information see:

Campus Marketing Statement

On April 29, 1960, Gov. Pat Brown signed a bill into law authorizing the formation of a state college to serve the growing southwestern region of Los Angeles County. From its humble beginnings in a bank building in Rolling Hills Estates, CSU Dominguez Hills has evolved into a thriving and nationally recognized comprehensive university, providing an innovative liberal arts education to a diverse student body.

Mission Statement
CSU Dominguez Hills provides education, scholarship and service that are, by design, accessible and transformative. We welcome students who seek academic achievement, personal fulfillment, and preparation for the work of today and tomorrow.

A vital educational and economic resource for the South Bay, CSU Dominguez Hills will be recognized as a top-performing Comprehensive Model Urban University in America. We will be known as a campus community and gathering place where:

Diversity in all its forms is explored, understood, and transformed into knowledge and practice that benefits the world.

Technology is embraced and leveraged to transcend educational boundaries as we reach out to students, both locally and globally.

Sustainable environmental, social and economic practices are a way of life.

Students from our community who aspire to complete a college degree are provided the pathway and guidance to succeed.

Faculty and staff across the University are engaged in serving the dynamic needs of the surrounding communities.

Student life is meaningful and vibrant.

Our accomplishments and those of our alumni are recognized nationally and internationally.

Ultimately, our students graduate with an exemplary academic education, a highly respected degree, and a genuine commitment to justice and social responsibility.

About the University
CSU Dominguez Hills holds the Carnegie classification of Master’s L and is a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution. Class sizes are small as compared with large research universities and classes are taught by the faculty, not by teaching assistants. Many of the university’s students are the first in their families to earn a university degree. While the university enrolls traditional full-time students, many students enroll part-time and attend late afternoon, evening and weekend classes because of work and family responsibilities.

CSU Dominguez Hills offers 45 baccalaureate degrees, 24 master’s degrees, and a number of certificate and credential programs. Enrollment exceeds 14,635 students, and the student population is among the most ethnically and culturally rich in the nation: 60% Hispanic/ Latino, 14.5% Black/ African-American, 10.9% White, 10.8% Asian, .10% American Indian/ Alaska Native, .30% Native Hawaiian/ Other Pacific Islander, 3.10% Two or more races.

The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the accrediting body for institutions of higher learning in the West. Twelve programs hold accreditations from national professional associations: business administration, clinical sciences, computer science, education, health science, music, nursing, occupational therapy, public administration, special education, social work, and theatre arts.

The academic programs of the university are organized under the Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business Administration and Public Policy, Extended and International Education, Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and Professional Studies, which includes the Schools of Education, Health and Human Services, and Nursing. While continuing to emphasize the liberal arts and sciences, professional programs offered at the undergraduate and graduate level, developed to serve the region’s workforce needs, are of great interest to students and prepare them for professions in a variety of industries.

Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders. CSU Dominguez Hills is a national leader in distance learning with 10 academic degrees and seven certificate programs offered.

A tradition of teaching excellence lies at the heart of the university experience for Dominguez Hills’ students. Most of the faculty have earned doctoral degrees from prestigious universities across the nation. The faculty strives to sustain a dynamic teaching and learning environment in a multicultural setting. The Academic Senate provides a forum for faculty, administration, students and others to be represented and consulted regarding such vital issues as budget priorities, academic standards, curriculum and instruction, and student affairs.

Student Life
At CSU Dominguez Hills, there’s more to student life than the classroom. The university offers a dynamic, interactive and enriching community of learners, teachers and peers sharing diverse points of view. There are multitudes of ways for students to pursue interests, get involved, and get the most from their academic experience.

An office of student life enhances student development by coordinating a variety of co-curricular activities, including 60 student organizations. Students are encouraged to perform community service and participate in leadership development. The Multicultural Center on campus promotes the exploration of diverse heritages, values and cultural experiences by offering a wide range of activities and programs throughout the academic year.

CSU Dominguez Hills is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II institution that competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). CSU Dominguez Hills is one of the most athletically competitive and honored schools in the CCAA, with 23 conference titles and four national championships to date, including the 2008 NCAA D-II Men’s Soccer National Championship. CSU Dominguez Hills sponsors 11 intercollegiate athletic teams.

The Location
The university is located in Carson, California, in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County. Its 346-acre park-like campus is situated in the historic Rancho San Pedro, the oldest Spanish land grant in the Los Angeles area. The site remained in the continuous possession of the Dominguez family for seven generations – from its inception in 1794 to its acquisition by the state of California.

The Region
The South Bay is one of the most culturally, economically, and ethnically diverse areas in the United States, with a largely even distribution of the population with African, Asian/Pacific Islander, European, and Latino ancestry. The university is located in the city of Carson, a city of 93,000 residents and one of the many municipalities that border the city of Los Angeles. Cultural, performance and sports venues in downtown Los Angeles are about 15 minutes away and the South Bay beach communities are a few minutes away to the west and south. The Home Depot Center, a 125-acre sports center developed by AEG and home to Major League Soccer’s L.A. Galaxy, is located on the CSUDH campus.

The campus is strategically located in the heart of a major technological, industrial and transportation complex in Southern California. This area includes the massive Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles – Southern California’s gateway to international commerce. The South Bay region is also home to aerospace, oil refinery, healthcare and automotive industries.

How To Apply

While the position will remain open until filled, review of applications will begin November 27, 2017.

Register your online application/s at and have the following documents as a single file by November 26, 2017:

- Current Curriculum Vitae
- Cover letter
- List of 3 references with contact information
- Copy of Terminal Degree
- A Statement on Teaching*
- A Statement on Research*
- Sample Publications to include videos of your choreography set on students and professionals and teaching a college level class.
- Teaching Evaluations (if available)
- Unofficial transcripts

*These statements should demonstrate how the candidate’s commitment to diversity is reflected in their teaching and scholarship.

Instructions on how to submit a single document link:

Applicants that are selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be notified by the Search Committee when to submit their 3 letters of recommendation directly to the email address of Doris Ressl or you may mail directly to:

Doris Ressl, Chair
Department of Theatre and Dance
CSU, Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747

  • California State University, Dominguez Hills, is an equal employment opportunity employer, and is strongly committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce. The University actively encourages applications of all qualified individuals.

    California State University Dominguez Hills is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. For more information or definition of these terms please visit,

    Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources Office at (310) 243-3771 or the Academic Affairs Personnel Services Office at (310) 243-3766.

    Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at, or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

    Upon appointment all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Doris Ressl
    Theatre and Dance
    California State University, Dominguez Hills
    1000 E. Victoria St.
    Carson, CA 90747


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