Professor of Practice and Director of the African American Dance Company

Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University

Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

The Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS), in partnership with the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance and the African American Arts Institute at Indiana University-Bloomington, seeks a gifted teacher/choreographer to serve as director of the African American Dance Company and teach courses in Black dance as well as contemporary dance technique The African American Dance Company (AADC) is both a course offered through AAADS and a performance/touring ensemble that operates under the African American Arts Institute (AAAI). The AAAI is a performing arts program whose mission is to preserve and promote African American culture through performance, education, creative activity, research and outreach. Working with students of various academic pursuits and levels of training, the AADC director produces concerts and lecture demonstrations within and outside of the local community, and choreographs works that represent dance traditions and subject matter relevant to the Black experience. The director recruits students and engages in activities that help promote AADC and the AAAI. The director also organizes the annual AADC Dance Workshop, which serves as an important recruitment initiative and commitment to community outreach. Since its 1974 founding year, AADC has enrolled hundreds of students who remain engaged as alumni. Through engagement with alumni and alumni activities, the AADC director serves as the central figure in sustaining the ensemble’s forty-plus year legacy. Additionally, the director will hold a joint appointment in Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance, and will have responsibilities teaching BFA dance majors and opportunities to create choreographic works for theatre and dance productions. The director will have a team of colleagues in contemporary dance who are enthusiastic and supportive of the collaborative relationship between the two departments and AAAI directors.


  • Select, by audition, and instruct students enrolled in A100/A338 -African American
  • Dance Company; develop and teach choreography to be performed at public events.
  • Plan and produce concerts and lecture-demonstrations arranged by the AAAI’s events and communications office; two major concerts, one fall semester concert featuring AADC with the other AAAI ensembles, and one AADC spring semester concert, a studio concert in the fall semester, and other engagements scheduled with area presenters in locations involving travel.
  • Plan and implement the annual AADC Dance Workshop, a recruitment event that draws attendance from secondary school children, university students and community members; engage guest artists/instructors and musicians, schedule classes and activities, communicate with dance instructors.
  • Participate, as a member of a team of AAAI artistic and administrative directors, in planning, decision -making and promotion of the ensembles and the AAAI.
  • Play an active role in the recruitment of ensemble members and associate instructors for AADC.
  • Supervise, mentor, and evaluate student workers assigned to assist with AADC instruction and performances.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with AAAI and AADC alumni; participate in alumni events.

Other Professor of Practice Responsibilities

Teach dance courses cross-listed in the Departments of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance, such as A221 – Dance in the African Diaspora and A320 – Black Dance History as well as courses for BFA dance majors and minors in contemporary dance

Home Department

The home will be Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. The appointee also will maintain a presence in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance.


MFA, or similar degree strongly preferred, or commensurate training and experience in dance; successful experience teaching and creating choreography for dancers at the collegiate and professional level; training and experience in dance traditions of African American culture and the African diaspora; knowledge and understanding of African American dance and music history and culture and its foundation in and intersections with various cultures of the African diaspora, and how those cultural traditions inform dance technique and performance practices; experience in performance production, including experience working with stage, lighting and sound personnel; demonstrated ability to organize and manage dance events such as workshops, camps, or other activities that serve students and community. Additional experiences and skills, such as professional bodywork certifications or expertise in dance theory and/or practice, are also desirable.

Salary and Benefits and Rank

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience; benefits include a university healthcare plan, university-funded base retirement plan, a 100% paid life insurance plan. This a non-tenure, Professor or Practice appointment, ten-month academic appointment; initial three year-appointment within a potential probationary period not to exceed six years.

To Apply

Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to Michael Brooks at

Audio/video files or other materials should be sent upon request. For best consideration apply by May 1, 2017.

Expected Start Date

August 1, 2017

Posting Details

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