Assistant Professors of Studio Practice (3 openings)

JOB TITLE: Assistant Professors of Studio Practice (3 openings)

DEPARTMENT: School of Dance in the College of Performing Arts

REPORTS TO: Director for the School of Dance

CONTRACT: 3 year renewable at the Assistant/Associate level to begin September 2017



The School of Dance at the University of the Arts is part of the College of Performing Arts - alongside the School of Music and the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts. Under the leadership of Donna Faye Burchfield, the school is comprised of 300 talented, self-expressive students, and a faculty of exceptional and accomplished professionals with abilities and experiences that are diverse and far-reaching. We are in the midst of a new, emerging curricular approach that reimagines and reinvigorates the training of young artists. The curriculum takes the depth and rigor of a discipline based dance conservatory while engaging students in open discussions and explorations within their own practice, valuing their voices as capable of developing new critical perspectives and approaches to dance and performance.

Position description:

The School of Dance seeks to hire three full-time Assistant Professors of Studio Practice. The positions are 3-year appointments with potential for renewal. Candidates should bring to the curriculum expansive pedagogical approaches to the practice and research of dance and dance making in the 21st century.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teaching studio courses at the undergraduate level
  • Ability to teach one or more courses within the School’s Thinking, Making & Doing and/or Pathways (somatic practices) Curriculum
  • Staging and coaching repertory and/or creating new work for and with students
  • Mentoring senior projects and/or MFA thesis work, and/or leading capstone courses at all levels

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


Education and Experience:

  • Demonstrated university teaching skills and professional experience within the US and/or abroad
  • MFA degree in dance required

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Celebrating its 140th anniversary this year, the University of the Arts is one of the nation’s only universities dedicated solely to educating students in the visual and performing arts, design, and writing. UArts is a leader in educating creative individuals through an innovative, flexible, rigorous and well-rounded curriculum that prepares students to be the creative leaders of tomorrow, whether in a specific artistic discipline or by applying their arts education to virtually any career. Our alumni are leading some of the Philadelphia region’s most important cultural institutions and are positively impacting the creative economy nationally. With nearly 1,800 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs on its campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, UArts students collaborate across disciplines and benefit from being in one of the nation’s most culturally vibrant cities. For more information, please visit

TO APPLY: Interested qualified applicants should submit a current CV, cover letter, teaching statement, current work samples, and the names and contact information for three references via email to  Please ensure job title is in the Subject line.

*We will begin reviewing applications on February 15, 2017. The search will remain open until filled. 


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