Position Announcement for Assistant Professor of the Practice in Ballet

Position:Assistant Professor of the Practice in Ballet (regular rank)


Start date:July/August 1, 2020


Position description:The Duke University Program in Dance seeks an outstanding professional with expertise in traditional and contemporary approaches to ballet technique and choreography, actively engaged in a combination of movement practice, creative process, and theoretical inquiry. We seek a candidate who embraces 21st-century approaches and interdisciplinary perspectives in ballet in contributing to the development of the undergraduate program as well as to the new MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis. We seek an individual with established relationships in the professional field - nationally and internationally - and who will continue the Program’s strong ties with the local community. Candidates with teaching / research experience that demonstrates work with a diverse student population will be valued.


Qualifications:MFA in Dance and/or Ph.D. with significant experience in dance artistry required. Familiarity with university teaching in an undergraduate / graduate dance program, significant professional performing experience, and a record of choreography in a professional and/or university setting will be preferred. Administrative experience in university settings will be highly valued.


Responsibilities:Our new colleague will teach courses at all levels of ballet technique and performance projects, broadly defined, for the concert stage or other site-specific venues at the undergraduate and graduate levels; participate in interdisciplinary collaborations and/or investigations of the theoretical bases of contemporary dance practice. Additional areas of teaching expertise could include interdisciplinary creative work, creative technologies for dance, and / or somatic practices.


Our new team-mate will provide leadership serving the undergraduate and graduate programs; engage in curriculum development and advising undergraduate and graduate students; assist with the production of dance events; cultivate, when possible, interdisciplinary collaborations with arts and non-arts faculty, students, and other constituencies; and participate in governance within the program, the university and the professional field. Our new colleague will contribute to ongoing projects in dance as a researcher, artist and administrator; will pursue or maintain a national and international profile as an artist/researcher; and will be committed to contributing alongside the current faculty to enhance the Dance Program’s ambitious vision.


The Duke University Dance Program currently offers an MFA, a BA and a minor in Dance. The Dance Program is an independent unit within the University’s School of Arts and Sciences.


Salary:Commensurate with qualifications.


Applications:Applicants are requested to send a letter of application, including a statement of teaching and choreographic methodology, and, if applicable, interdisciplinary research/creative work; writing sample; curriculum vitae; descriptions of proposed undergraduate and graduate courses; three letters of recommendation; and digital links to video recordings of current artistic work and teachingApplications received by February 1, 2020 will be guaranteed full consideration.


Please submit application materials via the Academic Jobs online portal





For inquiries, please contact:


Professor Purnima Shah

Director, Duke University Dance Program

209 Rubenstein Arts Center

2020 Campus Drive

P. O. Box 90686

Durham, NC 27708




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