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Assistant Professor of Dance/Ballet
University of Akron

Date Posted Oct. 18, 2019
Title Assistant Professor of Dance/Ballet
University University of Akron
Akron, OH, United States
Department The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 24, 2020
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Assistant Professor of Dance/Ballet
The University of Akron
Akron, OH

The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration seeks a ballet specialist for a tenure-track assistant professor of dance beginning August 24, 2020.


  • The successful candidate will be a ballet instructor with experience teaching diverse students of all levels, using progressive pedagogy to teach ballet technique, and applying sound anatomical and wellness principles to their pedagogy.
  • Candidates should be able to teach all levels of ballet, pointe, and two or more of the following: dance history, dance education, anatomy and kinesiology, somatics (Pilates or yoga), or Viewing Dance (non-majors).
  • Applicants should be able to choreograph or restage work for student performers in on-campus concerts. Applications are encouraged from candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the dance program, university, and profession.
  • Teaching load is 12 credits per semester.
  • Candidate will be expected to maintain a research or creative activity agenda commensurate with a program focused on teaching.
  • Candidate will collaborate with current faculty in creating curriculum, policy, and practice within the UA Dance Program.
  • Service to the School, the university, and the field at-large is also required.
  • The candidate will be joining the organization at an exciting time when the UA Dance Program is writing its next chapter.
  • The successful candidate will be open-minded to new models of dance education, responsive to innovative applications of the art form, curious in seeking fresh directions and opportunities for dance, and nimble in addressing change in higher educational environments.

Required Qualifications:

  • MFA or PhD in dance or related field.
  • Professional performing experience in dance.
  • Experience in teaching dance in a university setting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of teaching expertise at the regional or national level.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the diversity of the dance program and university.
  • Experience with curriculum development, fundraising, or student recruitment.
  • Demonstrated clear and consistent communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues with diverse artistic, aesthetic, and philosophical viewpoints and practices.

About UA:
Located in Akron, Ohio, The University of Akron (UA) is one of the largest employers in the region and offers an array of employment opportunities. Here you’ll find a metropolitan setting that places you in the heart of a dynamic, regional economy and in sync with the pulse of business, government and the community.

We’re committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff by including individuals from varied backgrounds and characteristics, including age, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, national origin, sexual orientation and socioeconomic background. We’re also committed to offering competitive salary and benefits packages to qualified candidates.

Application deadline: Open until filled.
For complete position details, visit
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  • The University of Akron is an equal education and employment institution. It is the policy of this institution that there shall be no unlawful discrimination against any individual in employment or in its programs or activities at The University of Akron because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status or status as a veteran. The University is also committed to the principles of affirmative action and acts in accordance with state and federal laws.

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