The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance invites applications for a Full-time, Assistant Professor of Practice in Dance (Teaching) to provide specialized instruction in the areas of jazz dance and dance studies. USC Kaufman seeks a collaborative, dynamic and innovative artist-scholar to provide instruction to major, minor, and elective technique courses students in the BFA in Dance program as well as the BFA in Musical Theater program (a collaborative program with the USC School of Dramatic Arts and USC Thornton School of Music that provides a rigorous, cohort-based, conservatory-style undergraduate program featuring comprehensive training in acting, voice, dance, dramaturgy, script-writing, lyrics writing, and composition). In addition to teaching practice-based dance instruction at all levels, faculty member will teach academic general education courses such as Introduction to Dance as an Art Form, Origins of Jazz Dance, World Perspectives on Dance, and Dance in Popular Culture.
Additional responsibilities to include mentoring students on academic and career goals, collaborating with faculty on student evaluations, grading and assessment, participating in the recruitment, review, and selection of prospective students, serving on departmental committees, and overseeing dance productions on a rotating basis with other faculty. Applicants will be expected to represent USC Kaufman at the University as well as within local, national and international dance communities. Candidates will serve a diverse student population, must demonstrate a commitment to improving outcomes for historically under-served populations, and are expected to contribute to the School’s diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts.
The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is interested in recruiting candidates who have demonstrated an ongoing, successful engagement with the highest standards of scholarship and/or creative activity, consistent with the expectations for excellence in a Research I university.
Successful candidates will: (1) have university-level experience in teaching dance practices to students at all levels, (2) have university-level experience in teaching academic courses open to BFA and non-major students, (3) possess expertise in jazz dance, (3) possess an established reputation as an artist and educator in the dance community and/or musical
About USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A., and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students, and staff that make the university what it is.
The hallmark of the newly-established USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance — as expressed in its motto “The New Movement” — is the development of a new movement model expressed in new media, scholarship, studio practice and choreography for the 21st century. The school provides foundational insight, opportunities for artistic development, a diverse performance repertory, exposure to world-renowned practicing artists, dance conditioning, and strategic career venture skills.
In the fall of 2015, USC Kaufman enrolled its first cohort of BFA dance majors. USC Kaufman also offers a robust array of non-major and minor offerings in dance open to all USC students. The dance minor is designed to present undergraduate students with a focus on the discipline of dance as an educational tool for study and research, offering... students an interdisciplinary experience compatible with a variety of majors. Visit the School’s website at kaufman.usc.edu for more information.