The Department of Dance at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte invites applications for a full time, tenure-track Assistant Professor to start August 2020. The ideal candidate will deepen the Department’s curricular commitment to African Diasporic dance forms by teaching street and/or concert styles such as hip hop, jazz, and tap and contribute to the curriculum in another area of study. As a faculty member at an R2 research institution, faculty in the Department are expected to demonstrate and maintain a robust research agenda, and be prepared to contribute to curriculum development, faculty governance, and the administrative life of the department, COAA, and the university.

The Department of Dance actively seeks to increase its number of underrepresented faculty. At the same time, we understand that African Diasporic forms are practiced globally by people of many heritages and invite applications from all artists / scholars with a commitment to these forms.


Required Qualifications

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline; professional experience as a performer, choreographer, and /or community arts practitioner/ artrepreneur; established research agenda with the promise of national and international distinction; and two years of teaching at the university level.


Essential Skills

Faculty seek a colleague who demonstrates expertise in

  1. street (especially hip hop), and/ or percussive dance styles, and/ or jazz in community and/or professional settings.
  2. an additional pedagogical area. Needed contributions include choreographing for musical theatre productions and Department of Dance student concerts, and teaching choreography, modern/contemporary dance, or digital skills for artists (creating and editing websites, dance video, and sound scores for dance).

Additional skills valued by UNC Charlotte Dance

  • experience and expertise with community engagement practices;
  • experience integrating theory and practice in research and teaching;
  • professional experience with choreography and production processes; and
  • demonstrated ability to work across dance as cultural practice, artform, and interdisciplinary subject, and to teach a diverse student body in a liberal arts setting

As a full-time faculty member, the successful candidate must:

  • maintain successful teaching and creative/research activities with continued engagement in the profession;
  • participate in curriculum development, faculty governance and the administrative life of the department, COA+A, the university, and in Charlotte-based communities;
  • demonstrate commitment to collaboration and have excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; and
  • be reviewed annually; along with third year reappointment review and sixth year
    tenure/promotion review.

The Department of Dance actively seeks to increase its numbers of underrepresented faculty.

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. For more information regarding the Department of Dance see: Please direct electronic inquiries to Lakisha Rios at

Additional supporting materials (teaching portfolio, professionally compiled performance and/ or choreography, teaching videos etc.) will be requested from finalists. Application materials will not be returned. The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to a criminal background check.


Application Materials

Electronic Application: Position 07599

Please upload the following documents:

  1. Cover letter addressing the requirements for the position
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Statement of teaching experience, philosophy, and interests
  4. Official transcript of highest degree
  5. Three references; No letters needed at this stage


The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an AA/EOE and an ADVANCE institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. It values diversity that includes age, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral, research intensive university located in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. Charlotte is an arts minded city with numerous arts organizations and cultural and entertainment facilities, among them Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Levine Museum of the New South, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts+Culture, and Carowinds. One of sixteen campuses in one of the oldest public university systems in the United States, UNC Charlotte is located on an expanding, modern campus. It offers over 27,000 students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Department of Dance is part of the UNC Charlotte College of Arts+Architecture, a community of visual and performing artists and design professionals. The College models excellence in teaching, scholarly and creative research, and performance in five creative disciplines: architecture, art and art history, dance, music, and theatre. The College is a vessel for curious individuals and skilled problem solvers who care about the impact of our work on people and the complex social challenges we face.

The Department of Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.

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