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Contemporary Dance - Department Chair and Associate Professor or Professor, Tenure Track Position
Concordia University


Date Posted Nov. 18, 2021
Title Contemporary Dance - Department Chair and Associate Professor or Professor, Tenure Track Position
University Concordia University
Montreal, QC, Canada
Department Department of Contemporary Dance
Application Deadline Nov. 30, 2021
Position Start Date TBD
 
 
  • Associate Professor
    Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Dance
 
 

2 OPEN POSITIONS:

Tenure-Track Position in Contemporary Dance

Position description

The Department of Contemporary Dance is seeking a unique combination of practicing artist, scholar and pedagogue to teach undergraduate students. With an MFA in Transdisciplinary Performance Practices currently in development, the successful candidate will be expected to assist in finalizing and implementing the new MFA, and eventually to teach graduate students. We are particularly interested in applicants with strong teaching qualifications and experience in all of the following areas: choreographic creation, creative process and movement pedagogies for contemporary dance. Preference will be given to candidates who also demonstrate expertise in two or more of the following areas of our core curriculum: creative and technical aspects of production for dance, dance history, practical anatomy for dance, and/or fundamental music training for dance. Applicants with cross-disciplinary interests that expand creative and/or technical approaches to dance will also be considered.

Due to the nature of the program, the successful candidate will be expected to work flexible hours during production periods as well as develop and maintain productive research/creation profiles leading to external funding and/or collaboration in the professional milieu. Other responsibilities include active participation in service activities at the departmental, Faculty and university levels.

Qualifications and assets
Applicants should possess a completed Master’s or PhD in dance or a related discipline, or in the case of senior artists, a significant body of professional work, particularly related to choreography and the creative process; demonstrated excellence in scholarship; substantial administrative experience (preferably within a university context); and a minimum of 3 years of university teaching experience or equivalent at pre-professional and professional levels in dance. Involvement in practices relevant to dance in Canada and internationally is considered a distinct asset.

The search committee values applicants who are committed to excellence and creativity and to fostering a supportive environment in which students can learn to create in accordance with their artistic vision. We seek individuals who: have responded effectively to student, staff and faculty needs; have an interest in serving as a catalyst for the active engagement and participation of each person; understand and have real-world experience in current trends in contemporary dance training, aesthetics, creative methods, practice and scholarship; are familiar with the use of new media technologies in the arts; and are able to address issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in dance. The ideal candidate will also have excellent listening, communication and networking skills and be able to work effectively with others to build a clear sense of direction.

Since the Department is regarded as a key partner in the ecology and evolution of dance in Montreal, knowledge of the city’s unique position as a francophone metropolis with a well-developed and diversified dance community is considered an asset. Although classes are taught in English, fluency in French is a considerable strength.

How to apply

Applications should be addressed to the Contemporary Dance Department Hiring Committee and submitted electronically to dance@concordia.ca on or before November 30, 2021. For video files, please submit links to a professional website, a YouTube or Vimeo channel. If the link is private, please provide the password. Submissions should include the following items in the order specified below:
1. Cover letter clearly identifying the job title and position code (21_T_DANC_O);
2. Curriculum Vitae;
3. Statement of teaching philosophy and interests (including supporting materials);
4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course evaluations and video documentation of the candidate’s teaching, where applicable);
5. Three most important research/research-creation contributions to date;
6. Visual documentation (preferably in the form of online video links) of past and current works in dance and, if applicable, interdisciplinary or site-specific works;
7. Names and contact information of three referees.

All inquiries regarding this position may be directed to Professor Silvy Panet-Raymond, Chair, Department of Contemporary Dance at chair.dance@concordia.ca. We anticipate filling this position at the rank of Assistant Professor for August 1, 2022. Appointments at a more senior level may also be considered, subject to budgetary approval. Review of applications will begin soon after the position has closed, but will continue until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.
Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.

These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:
teaching about underrepresented populations
mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
committee work
offering or organizing educational programming
participation in training and workshops

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Adaptive measures
Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at vpfdi@concordia.ca or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 4323.
Information about the Department

The Department of Contemporary Dance is one of the only university dance departments in North America offering a comprehensive approach to choreographic creation, performance and technical training within a vibrant, interdisciplinary Faculty of Fine Arts. With three full-time faculty and over a dozen part-time instructors, the department admits approximately 30 Dance Majors on a yearly basis.
Over the last four decades, the department’s mission has been to develop each student’s creative and technical potential in a challenging and dynamic environment that promotes artistic autonomy, initiative, exchange and diversity of expression. The program provides an in-depth and global experience to choreography and the creative process. Integrated theory courses in dance histories and in critical and embodied practices foster a diversity of perspectives to contextualize each student’s research creation. Students further hone their skills and practical experience through courses in music, aspects of production and practical anatomy. As part of their BFA degree, students have access to a wide selection of fine arts and general arts and science electives.
Our talented cohorts stage their own choreographies and have many opportunities to collaborate across disciplines, as well as perform in new works created by their peers. In order to fully support the student’s artistic autonomy, our professors do not choreograph for, nor stage their works with students. The department, through its activities and alumni, is an active participant in the advancement and renewal of dance in Montreal, a major cultural capital known for its innovation and openness.

Department Chair and Associate Professor or Professor position in Contemporary Dance

Position description

We invite applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Contemporary Dance in the Faculty of Fine Arts. The successful candidate will provide strong and collegial leadership, and foster a climate that inspires faculty, staff and students to creatively identify and pursue excellence in their activities. Key opportunities and challenges include inspiring and developing a shared vision for the unit that fosters its existing strengths while also charting new directions at a time of faculty renewal. The Chair will be an ambassador for the department, further defining its role within the Faculty and reinforcing its presence in the vibrant Montreal arts community and more widely.

We seek a colleague who will:

teach in core areas of the program, notably creative process and choreography

plan and establish the priorities for personnel needs for the department, ensuring that necessary hiring plans are in place, mentoring faculty and making recommendations for initial appointment, re-appointment, tenure, and promotion of tenure-track faculty

foster collegiality within the department

work collaboratively to envision, plan and implement innovative curriculum change

be accessible, clear and fair in dealing with students and personnel, and adopt effective transparent processes within a unionized environment

recognize the strengths of the part-time faculty members who are actively involved in the department, integrating their expertise and fostering their contributions

collaborate with the Departments of Music and Theatre to implement the planned MFA in Transdisciplinary Performance Practices and capitalize on the new synergies and interdisciplinary opportunities it creates

work to increase funding support and enhance recruitment and retention

connect the department with practitioners in Montreal, Canadian and international dance communities, promoting interaction and exchanges at many levels and across creative disciplines

ensure the effective and transparent management of the budget for the department

represent and advocate for the needs of the department to the Faculty of Fine Arts and the University as a whole, and advance the stature of dance creation, performance, research and education

The appointment as Chair will be for a period of three to five years renewable, reporting to the Dean of Fine Arts. The new hire will be appointed at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and will be a member of the Concordia University Faculty Association.

Qualifications and assets
Applicants should possess a completed Master’s or PhD in dance or a related discipline, or in the case of senior artists, a significant body of professional work, particularly related to choreography and the creative process; demonstrated excellence in scholarship; substantial administrative experience (preferably within a university context); and a minimum of 5 to 7 years of university teaching experience or equivalent at pre-professional and professional levels in dance. Involvement in practices relevant to dance in Canada and internationally is considered a distinct asset.
The search committee values applicants who are committed to excellence and creativity and to fostering a supportive environment in which students can learn to create in accordance with their artistic vision. We seek individuals who: have responded effectively to student, staff and faculty needs; have an interest in serving as a catalyst for the active engagement and participation of each person; understand and have real-world experience in evolving practices in contemporary dance training, aesthetics, creative methods, practice and scholarship; are familiar with the use of new media technologies in the arts; and are able to address issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in dance. The ideal candidate will also have excellent listening, communication and networking skills and be able to work effectively with others to build a clear sense of direction.
Since the department is regarded as a key partner in the ecology and evolution of dance in Montreal, knowledge of the city’s unique position as a francophone metropolis with a well-developed and diversified dance community is considered an asset. Although classes are taught in English, fluency in French is a considerable strength.

How to apply

Applications and inquiries regarding this position should be addressed to Dr. Kristina Huneault, Associate Dean, Faculty Relations and Inclusion, and submitted electronically to dance.chair@concordia.ca on or before November 30, 2021. For video files, please submit links to a professional website, a YouTube or Vimeo channel. If the link is private, please provide the password. Submissions should include the following items in the order specified below:

1. Cover letter clearly identifying the job title and position code (21_T_DANC_M);
2. Curriculum Vitae;
3. Statement of teaching philosophy and interests (including supporting materials);
4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course evaluations and video documentation of the candidate’s teaching, where applicable);
5. Three most important research-creation/artistic contributions to date (including work within the past five years);
6. Visual documentation (preferably in the form of online video links) of past and current works in dance and, if applicable, interdisciplinary or site-specific works;
7. Names and contact information of three referees.

The appointment is expected to commence in the spring of 2022 with the role and mandate of Chair to begin on July 1, 2022. Review of applications will begin soon after the position has closed, and will continue until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach and lead in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.

These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:

teaching about underrepresented populations
mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
committee work
offering or organizing educational programming
participation in training and workshops

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Adaptive measures
Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at vpfdi@concordia.ca or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 4323.

Information about the Department

The Department of Contemporary Dance is one of the only university dance departments in North America offering a comprehensive approach to choreographic creation, performance and technical training within a vibrant, interdisciplinary Faculty of Fine Arts. With three full-time faculty and over a dozen part-time instructors, the department admits approximately 30 Dance majors on a yearly basis.
Over the last four decades, the department’s mission has been to develop each student’s creative and technical potential in a challenging and dynamic environment that promotes artistic autonomy, initiative, exchange and diversity of expression. The program provides an in-depth and global experience to choreography and the creative process. Integrated theory courses in dance histories and in critical and embodied practices foster a diversity of perspectives to contextualize each student’s research creation. Students further hone their skills and practical experience through courses in music, aspects of production and practical anatomy. As part of their BFA degree, students have access to a wide selection of fine arts and general arts and science electives.
Our talented cohorts stage their own choreographies and have many opportunities to collaborate across disciplines, as well as perform in new works created by their peers. In order to fully support the student’s artistic autonomy, our professors do not choreograph for, nor stage their works with students.
The department, through its activities and alumni, is an active participant in the advancement and renewal of dance in Montreal, a major cultural capital known for its innovation and openness.

Information about the Faculty of Fine Arts

With over 4,000 students, faculty, and staff, the Faculty of Fine Arts is among the five largest art and design schools in North America. Nestled in the heart of a pulsing city, embraced by a dynamic research university, the Faculty of Fine Arts benefits from extraordinary access to brilliant practitioners, thriving venues, cross-cultural perspectives, and an extensive network of outstanding facilities for research and production.
Taking advantage of our place within the rich fabric of a research university and our long history as one of the premiere sites in Canada for the study and creation of the arts and arts-based scholarship, the Faculty of Fine Arts is currently engaged in a transformative moment in which pedagogical, conceptual, theoretical, and material practices find resonance with a significant diversity of approaches. In our university community we value equally those practices that embrace aesthetic activism, live performance, historical scholarship, technical experimentation, skills-based production, community fieldwork and education, therapeutic practice, as well as traditional and digital fabrication. In addition to curricular advances, the formation of significant research centres and external partnerships in the Faculty of Fine Arts continue to enrich opportunities for faculty and students alike. The Faculty is also home to a number of research projects and groups committed to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) concerns and led by BIPOC members. For more information about the Faculty of Fine Arts, please visit us at: www.concordia.ca/finearts.
Information about Concordia Profoundly global, Concordia is North America’s top university under the age of 50 and is recognized for attracting some of the most talented faculty and students from around the world. Driven by ambition, innovation and a commitment to research and community engagement, Concordia is celebrated for advancing transformative learning, convergent thinking and public impact.
Concordia’s two campuses are located in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, on the traditional lands and waters of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation. Building on the skills of our faculty and the strengths of local and global partnerships, we set our sights further and more broadly than others and align the quality of learning opportunities to larger trends and substantial challenges facing society.
"Concordia is a young, forward-looking university. It’s a unique place where experimentation, innovation and creativity are truly valued. Our community of students, faculty, staff and alumni all contribute to our momentum as Canada’s next-gen university." – Concordia President Graham Carr.

Information about Montreal

Montreal, our home, is exceptional. It is a truly unique city – safe, clean, vibrant and diverse, with new things to discover around every corner. With a population of 1.7 million, it is home to four major universities and several clinical research centres and has been named the best student city in the world. It offers the most affordable tuition in Canada.
The city enjoys a thriving multicultural scene. Bilingualism is a part of Montreal’s tradition and adds to its inspiring atmosphere. While supporting a significant anglophone population, it is one of the largest French-speaking cities in the world.
Montreal is famed for its innovative culinary scene and festivals. It was also the first metropolis to be designated a UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity.
The city is recognized globally as an important centre for commerce, aerospace, transport, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, gaming and film.


 
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