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Tenure Track Faculty - Department of Dance, Music and Theatre (Dance)
Cal Poly Humboldt

Date Posted Sep. 21, 2022
Title Tenure Track Faculty - Department of Dance, Music and Theatre (Dance)
University Cal Poly Humboldt
Arcata, CA, United States
Department Dance, Music and Theatre
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education

Tenure Track Faculty - Department of Dance, Music and Theatre (Dance)

Job no: 518950
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Humboldt
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Vacancy Announcement

Faculty Tenure-Track Position Starting August 2023

Department of Dance, Music and Theatre

Cal Poly Humboldt is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) that strives to foster an equitable and inclusive community that supports our students of diverse backgrounds. Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state.

DESCRIPTION: Cal Poly Humboldt's Department of Dance, Music and Theatre invites applicants for a tenure-track
faculty position in Dance.

As an institution, Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, student-centered practices and policies that fully engage the campus community. The ideal candidate will share Cal Poly Humboldt's commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives.

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, ability and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, and students who are also committed to closing equity gaps.

RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS: We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor rank; however, rank and salary are dependent on the appointee's qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at:

Cal Poly Humboldt provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at:

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: An earned MFA or equivalent in Dance or related field from an accredited college or
university is required at the time of appointment.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to teach at least two of the following: contemporary/modern, ballet, and/or jazz;
  • Understanding and support of diverse styles such as African, Azteca, Hip hop, Middle Eastern, Mexican
    Folklorico, Tap, etc.
  • Experience in dance production, direction, and management;
  • Strong organizational leadership and administrative skills;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity addressing issues of concern facing students from diverse backgrounds in higher education;
  • Demonstrated success in choreography for contemporary/modern, ballet, and/or jazz in a theatrical setting;
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse students and colleagues;
  • Interest and ability to teach a broad range of courses (major, general education, etc.);
  • Interest and potential for success in recruitment and interaction with private dance studios and high school and community-college dance programs; and
  • Demonstrated ability to advise and mentor students from minoritized groups in higher ed.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Ability to teach contemporary/modern, ballet, and jazz;
  • Ability to teach at least one of the following dance genres: African, Azteca, Hip hop, Middle Eastern, Mexican
    Folklorico, or Tap;
  • Ability to develop choreography that contributes to the understanding of diversity and equal opportunity;
  • Demonstrated success in administrative and leadership skills and dance production, direction, and management;
  • Two or more years demonstrated success teaching dance in a university program;
  • Record of building a successful dance program;
  • Demonstrated success in teaching choreographic skills to students;
  • Demonstrated ability and performance experience at the advanced skill level for ballet, modern/contemporary,
    or jazz:
  • Ability to develop, implement, and assess curriculum in ways that advance equitable and inclusive learning
    communities; and
  • Commitment to participating in professional development opportunities that build effectiveness in areas of
    inclusion, intercultural communication, and advancing diversity.

Working in the state of California is a condition of employment for this position. Even if part or all of an employee's assignment can be performed remotely, the employee must maintain a permanent residence in the state of California. The employee must be able to accept on-campus instruction, as assigned, and come to campus when needed.

At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on the University policy on support for non-immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit the Faculty Immigration Resources page:

Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.

PROFESSIONAL DUTIES: Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong record of service as well as scholarship and creative activities. Instructional assignments may include: Dance in World Cultures, Ballet I and II, Contemporary/Modern I/II/III, Jazz I/II, Choreography and Rhythmic Analysis, Choreography II, Dance
Production, Teaching of Dance or other courses depending upon the skills of the candidate. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students.

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship, and creative activity; and service to the University, professional and to the community. These responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide communities, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. Probationary faculty are typically provided ongoing mentorship to be a successful member of the faculty. During the first two years of the probationary period, teaching responsibilities will be reduced by approximately one course each semester. The reduced teaching load supports the establishment of research, scholarship and/or creative activities required for retention, tenure, and promotion.

Cal Poly Humboldt also continues to build unique and innovative learning opportunities for students, bridging the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Humboldt is a leader in "learning communities" that build relationships between students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the community. These communities incorporate environmental and social responsibility.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The Dance Program is a small, hands-on program dedicated to supporting our students'
diverse needs and interests. We offer a variety of academic courses and dance styles to study, with multiple
opportunities to perform, collaborate and choreograph. Our students receive a thorough education in the practice,
history, theory and language of dance as an art form, including projects that challenge students to explore topics such as
social justice, equality and diverse cultures. Our curriculum prepares students for viable careers in dance, dance-related
arts, and graduate studies. For more information see:

Cal Poly Humboldt sits on the traditional homelands of the Wiyot people in what is currently called Arcata, CA. The Wiyot people call the area Goudi'ni (over in the woods). The Cal Poly Humboldt campus in Northern California is in close proximity to several thriving Native American tribes and communities. Humboldt currently has the largest percentage of Native American students in the CSU system and has over 30 Native American faculty and staff many from local area California Indian tribes. Humboldt is home to a number of leading Native American programs including the Indian Tribal Education and Personnel Program (ITEPP) and the Indian Natural Resource, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP). There are also many opportunities at Humboldt to conduct research, teaching and community work on Native American history and cultures in Special Collections at the Cal Poly Humboldt library. The Humboldt Room in the Library has fantastic resources for tribally focused archive materials from the region. Humboldt strives to build a supportive and inclusive Native community and engages with Native communities through various initiatives and opportunities like the annual California Indian Big Time and Indigenous People's Week and a chance to network with other faculty and staff as part of the Cal Poly Humboldt Council of American Indian Faculty and Staff. For more information, please visit:

APPLICATION: Qualified candidates should submit the following materials through PageUp:

  • Letter of Application;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Diversity Statement, include your understanding of the barriers facing Black, Indigenous, and other people of Color (BIPOC) in higher education and your past and/or future contributions to inclusive student success, including equitable access and outcomes through teaching and professional or public service. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any contributions they have made towards the inclusivity of students from the LGBTIQ+ community. (2 page limit);
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy, including how it relates to supporting students who have been historically marginalized and/or minoritized;
  • Recent Teaching Evaluations from three (3) different classes, if available;
  • Graduate Transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and
  • Names and Contact Information for Five (5) Professional References.

Additional application materials, including videos of recent choreography may be requested at a later time.

Please direct any questions pertaining to this position, the Dance Program, or Cal Poly Humboldt to:

Cindy Moyer, Search Committee Chair

Department of Dance, Music and Theatre

Cal Poly Humboldt

1 Harpst Street

Arcata, California 95521-8299

Phone: (707) 826-3563


APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than October 16, 2022. Early response is encouraged.


See more photos at Cal Poly Humboldt's Flickr page.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. All CSU employees are obligated to respond to and report incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. Compliance with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 (EO 1083) is a condition of employment. CSU employees in positions with duties that involve regular contact with children or positions which supervise such employees are designated as Mandated Reporters under CANRA and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in EO 1083. Upon appointment to this position, the successful candidate(s) will be notified of and required to acknowledge their CANRA reporting status. New employees hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to a 10 year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits.

Cal Poly Humboldt is a Title IX/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, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or


Cal Poly Humboldt is part of the 23-campus California State University system. The University has a comprehensive arts and sciences curriculum, which is recognized nationally for its high academic quality. Founded in 1913, Humboldt is one of the premier public institutions in the western United States; it is a residential and rural campus with an enrollment of approximately 5,800 students. The main campus is located in Arcata, California, in the northwestern part of the state along the coast, situated among redwood trees in an area that offers unmatched scenic beauty, moderate climate and opportunities for outdoor activities. The surrounding Humboldt County locale has a population of around 130,000. The community offers an excellent range of businesses, services and cultural activities/performances. The local schools are ranked in the top performance percentiles, both nationally and in the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at:



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