Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University

Position ID:Stanford-Theater and Performance Studies-AIR [#8282]
Position Title: Artist-in-Residence with expertise in Dance Practice
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Stanford, California 94305, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Dance / Dance History, Dance Theory, Technique, Dance
Starting Date:2017/09/01
Appl Deadline:2017/01/20 finished (posted 2016/10/12, listed until 2017/04/12)
Position Description:    

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The department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS) and the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) are seeking a three-year visiting Artist-in-Residence with expertise in Dance Practice. Expertise teaching a range of classes in black and African diasporic dance practices (including traditional and contemporary techniques,) dancemaking and performance, as well as repertory in the contexts of social and cultural issues related to African diasporic dance traditions required. Experience in helping to shape a presence for dance in a university highly desirable. In addition to teaching studio courses for TAPS and IDA, the candidate will have a leadership role as Artistic Director for the Institute for Diversity in the Arts / Committee on Black Performing Arts and as a mentor for undergraduate students dance and performance projects. The candidate will also help program events that bring artists and arts events to campus with a vision toward bridging the academic practice of dance with its role as a medium of social change in communities and the profession beyond campus. The appointment will begin Autumn 2017.

The Department of Theater & Performance Studies (TAPS) is an interdisciplinary department that engages many facets of live performance, from traditional theater, to experimental performance, dance and Dance Studies. It functions as the campus hub for engaged scholarship and practice in dance, theater, and performance. The Institute for Diversity in the Arts is an interdisciplinary program in the humanities that involves students in the study of culture, identity and diversity through artistic expression. Its mission is to create, support and advance powerful, collaborative and transformative arts practice and arts leadership by supporting student-artists as they explore the rigors of creativity and by exposing students to the leaders, artists and cultural workers changing our world.


Teaching: The candidate will be involved in all levels of a diverse curriculum. Teaching a wide range of black and African diasporic dance practices. Possible additional teaching of an occasional lecture course in Dance Studies in a way that forwards the candidate’s own research.

Mentoring: The candidate will cultivate and maintain active mentoring relationships with students across the university and view student work and concerts. The candidate will work through the Institute for Diversity in the Arts to develop and implement a vision for students and others participating in the Committee on Black Performing Arts. The candidate will also develop and maintain connections with other dance programs in the region as well as participating in the recruitment and retention of students to classes and the dance minor and contributing to curricular development and programming innovations.


Advanced professional degree (M.A., MFA, PhD) and/or exceptional record of creative achievement. University teaching experience a plus and established expertise in Black dance practices essential.

The Successful candidate:

•Is a practicing artist with a deep commitment to teaching.

•Has substantial experience teaching university students, many of whom may be new to dance as a novel experience outside their major.

•Has an ongoing commitment to advancing the profession of dance and demonstrates an understanding of current ideas about teaching including new pedagogic models and strategies for engaging underrepresented populations.

•Can engage, educate and facilitate dialogue between dance and non-dance communities within and outside of academic settings.

To receive full consideration, application materials and reference letters must be received by January 20, 2017

Apply online:

Please direct any questions to: Patrice O’Dwyer at

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of, and applications from, women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research, teaching and clinical missions.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Stanford University
Theater and Performance Studies
551 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

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