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Assistant Professor of Dance - African, African Diasporic, and/or Latine Communities and Cultures

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School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Dance

Title: Assistant Professor of Dance - African, African Diasporic, and/or Latine Communities and Cultures

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Position Description

The Department of Dance in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington (Seattle) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. The Department of Dance is seeking a practitioner/scholar who can teach, mentor, and generate scholarly and/or creative research from deep experience and knowledge of African, African Diasporic, and/or Latine communities and cultures. UW faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. 


This position has an anticipated start date of Autumn 2024 and will have a 9-month service period. Washington State Law requires that this ad list a binding salary range. The base salary range for this position will be $9,156 - $9,957 per month on a 9-month basis ($82,404 - $89,613 annually), commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. 


The Department of Dance currently serves approximately fifty majors in our BA program (about half are double majors), sixty minors, and six graduate students pursuing MFAs. In addition, the department serves hundreds of non-majors each year. 


The University of Washington Department of Dance believes dance is for everybody. We expand the meanings and experiences of dance as a field of study and a living art form. In 2022, we revised the dance major to continue decentering whiteness and Western concert dance so that a diversity of dance traditions and ways of understanding dance are valued in our curriculum. Additionally, we structured our major so that it is accessible to any student - with or without prior dance training - interested in the study and practice of dance. We employ pedagogical perspectives, research approaches, dance-making methods, and performance philosophies to elevate the value of cross-pollination, play, creativity, critical thinking, and embodied knowledge through a historically and culturally relevant lens. Students, staff, and faculty aspire to create a community built on respect, equity, collaboration, and empathy. 


Responsibilities:  The selected candidate will teach core-curriculum dance studies courses related to race, colonization, and power, and at least one movement practice/technique at multiple levels (for example, street styles, West African dances, Latine dances, and/or social dance). Candidates will have the opportunity to teach other courses of interest.


The successful applicant will be expected to communicate effectively and collaborate with other department members to support and advance the DEIJA (diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and access) goals of the department, including ongoing diversification of our curriculum, faculty expertise, and concert programming.



Additional responsibilities include student mentoring, department service, participation on MFA supervisory committees, and other duties as assigned.  Responsibilities may also include directing and/or choreographing for concerts featuring work by faculty and guests.



·      Must have at least a Master's degree, or foreign equivalent, in dance or a related field by the start of the appointment.

·      A minimum of one year prior experience (part-time acceptable) teaching dance at the college or university level.

·      Expertise in African, African Diasporic, and/or Latine dances and their cultural histories.

·      Must demonstrate an emerging creative and/or scholarly research profile related to expertise in African, African Diasporic, and/or Latine cultures and communities.



Review of applications will begin September 30, 2023.  To ensure full consideration all application documents must be submitted by October 15, 2023. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee. Please contact Jennifer Salk at with any questions regarding the search.


Applicants must submit the following documents via Interfolio:

·      Comprehensive CV including brief descriptions of courses taught

·      Cover letter

·      A statement of no more than 500 words about your research interests 

·      A statement of no more than 500 words about a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access as these relate to research, teaching, service, and mentoring

·      Four references (contact information – no formal letters until requested)

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