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The hallmark of the newly-established USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance â as expressed in its motto âThe New Movementâ â 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 Schoolâs website at kaufman.usc.edu for more information.
In fall 2018, USC Kaufman is embarking on an exciting new collaboration with the USC School of Dramatic Arts, unveiling a brand-new professional degree in Contemporary Musical Theatre. Now welcoming its third cohort of students, the Contemporary Musical Theatre program takes advantage of the unparalleled resources and faculty of the USC School of Dramatic Arts, USC Thornton School of Music, and USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. This degree offers singular opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and creativity.
The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance invites applications for a part-time lecturer in Dance for Musical Theater. USC Kaufman seeks a collaborative, dynamic and innovative artist-scholar to teach all levels of dance, choreography, and/or directing for stage and screen for undergraduate majors, non-majors, and minors. Successful candidates will have significant professional and/or university-level experience in teaching dance for musical theater and will possess expertize in several styles of dance including but not limited to tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet, ballroom, and vernacular dance forms.
Successful candidates will also demonstrate a wide knowledge of historical and contemporary musical theatre practices as they relate to dance and a strong understanding of the current professional landscape on stage and screen. Additional duties may include student mentorship; collaborating with faculty on student evaluations, grading and assessment; participating in recruitment and selection of prospective students; and assisting in rehearsals.
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 Schoolâs 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.
STARTING DATE: August 16, 2021. Initial appointment will be for one semester. Renewal beyond the initial period of appointment is possible, but not guaranteed. Expected course load for Fall 2021 will be approximately 12.5 hours per week. This is an exempt and non tenure track position.
REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS to begin July 15, 2021 and continues until the position is filled.
TO APPLY: All candidates should submit a (1) letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae including teaching experience, courses taught and developed, professional experience for productions and/or choreography; and (3) names and contact information for three current professional references. Additional materials including writing samples and existing course syllabi may be requested at a later date and could include productions choreographed and/or directed. Letters of interest should describe candidateâs commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education and the performing arts.
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â¢Â Â Â Professional-level experience in teaching dance for musical theater, preferably with experience in a university setting. Professional credits in musical theatre (Broadway, West End, or national tour preferred) and/or creating work for film and television.
â¢Â Â Â Bachelorâs degree and/or M.F.A in Dance or related field.
â¢Â Â Â Professional experience, with national recognition, as a performer and/or choreographer.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.