Title Code: 23000 or 22500 or 21000
Position Number: 00002333
Department: Dance / 2118000
Location: Lawrence
FTE: 1.0
Reg/Temp: Regular
FLSA: Exempt – Faculty
Initial Appointment: August 18, 2018
Funding: 2118000-099


Position Overview:

The University of Kansas seeks a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in Dances of the African Diaspora and Community Engagement. This position is a full-time, academic year appointment. The faculty member will participate in the teaching mission of the Department of Dance, including teaching courses in African diasporic dance forms. These may include a modern/ contemporary dance styles, vernacular jazz, hip hop,  tap, West African traditional dance, and/or Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin dance. As an artist/scholar, this individual will conduct  research and/or creative activity leading to publication or performance in appropriate media and to external funding as appropriate; and engage in unit, College, University, and national service.  Ph.D., ABD, or MFA is expected by the start date of appointment.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World: (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see http://www.provost.ku.edu/strategic-plan/initiatives.


Job Duties:

40% Research:

Conduct research in area of dance expertise. Faculty members are expected to develop and maintain an active research program, which gains national recognition and is advanced substantially beyond the level of the terminal degree.  It should provide solid evidence that the faculty member is a dedicated scholar/artist whose research will continue to develop in depth and importance throughout his or her career. Tenure-track faculty members are expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals/books, and/or create performance work in national/internationally significant venues, and to present findings at professional conferences.

40% Teaching/Advising:

  • Teach four courses per academic year in the Department of Dance; courses may be cross-listed or cross-referenced with other departments.
  • Choreograph for students in the University Dance Company.
  • Develop curricular programs (e.g. studio, online or lecture courses in dance.
  • Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, faculty member must make arrangements for a substitute to teach class.  Classes should not be canceled.
  • Provide instruction throughout the semester.
  • Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades.
  • Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.  A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required.  Be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.
  • Adhere to program, College, and University policies.
  • All faculty members are expected to be active in advising.  All faculty members are to take their teaching and advising responsibilities seriously and to strive for excellence in the classroom.

20% Service:

Faculty members are expected to participate in appropriate professional activities, such as attending program meetings, carrying out program committee assignments, attending national meetings or conferences, and refereeing or reviewing manuscripts for research journals and grant proposals.  Service to the College and University is also expected, and to the greater profession at-large.



All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues.  Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct


Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through: (a) descriptions of research agenda and teaching philosophy in letter of application, (b) record of accomplishments and productivity included in curriculum vitae, (c) links to video samples of choreography, and (d) information provided from three professional references.

  • An MFA or PhD in dance or related field;
  • Professional experience as a performer, choreographer, and /or community arts worker;
  • Established research agenda with the promise of national and international distinction;
  • Strong commitment to and skills in community engagement;
  • Ability to create and/or stage dances for concert presentation using African diasporic forms; and
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching a diverse student body in a university setting.

For appointment at the rank of Associate Professor with tenure, the candidate must meet or exceed KU standards for research, teaching, and service at that rank.

For appointment at the rank of Full Professor, the candidate must not only meet or exceed KU standards for teaching, research, and service for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor with tenure, but have an established and ongoing national and/or international reputation and program of scholarship. In addition, the candidate must be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and is the University’s Title IX Coordinator: the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.

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