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Assistant Professor of Dance, African and/or African Diasporic Dance and Culture

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School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Dance

Title: Assistant Professor of Dance, African and/or African Diasporic Dance and Culture

Position Details

Position Description

The Department of Dance at the University of Washington in Seattle invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Dance to start in September 2022. This position has a nine-month service period.

The UW Department of Dance currently serves approximately 60 majors in our BA program, 80% of whom double major, 75 minors, and six graduate students earning MFAs. In addition, we serve hundreds of non-majors each year. Our students, staff, and faculty aspire to create a community built on respect, equity, collaboration, and empathy. We recognize that equity is essential to the existence and prolificacy of dance, and critical to the creation of a more just and inclusive dance field. By striving to promote an environment welcoming to people of all cultures, races, sexes, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities and/or expressions, ages, religions, and economic statuses, we believe creativity, critical thinking, and self-expression can thrive. To that end, we are launching a revised BA degree in 2022 that brings African and African Diasporic dance into more equal partnership with Western concert dance in our curriculum. In addition, we are continuing to re-envision our department through diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) work, including ongoing diversification of our curriculum, faculty expertise, and concert programming.

Job Duties: The selected candidate will teach dance and culture courses and at least one African and/or African Diasporic technique at all levels (for example: West African, street styles, Afro-Latinx dances, and/or social dance). This candidate will also teach one or more of the following: dance and culture courses related to race, colonization, and power; dance making; dance histories; or embodied rhythms. Candidates will have the opportunity to teach other courses of interest.

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

All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. As a Research I university (meaning the highest level of research activity), UW seeks to hire people with outstanding qualifications who are developing and/or maintaining an ongoing professional career at a national/international level. Faculty in the Department of Dance provide comprehensive, interdisciplinary education in dance to a highly diverse student population, on a campus with more than 60,000 students, including 31% first-generation college students, over 30% Pell Grant students, and over 31,000 faculty and staff from more than 70 countries. The candidate is also expected to actively contribute to the diversity, equity and inclusivity goals of the Department, as articulated above, and in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( People who do not see themselves historically represented in academia are encouraged to apply.


Terminal degree, or foreign equivalent, in dance or a related field required by start of appointment. Candidates must demonstrate expertise in African and/or African Diasporic dances and their cultural histories, a record of creative and/or scholarly activities, and a minimum of one year prior experience (part-time acceptable) teaching dance at the college or university level. The successful candidate will have effective communication skills and be interested in collaboration and building sustained relationships within the department and across campus, including our student body.  Successful candidates for our assistant professor position will demonstrate evidence of commitment to advancing the DEIA goals outlined above, including ongoing diversification of our curriculum, faculty expertise, and concert programming.


Review of applications will begin October 15, 2021. To ensure full consideration all application documents must be submitted by October 15, 2021. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee. For questions concerning this position, please contact Jennifer Salk at

Candidates should submit the following information:

·   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 your commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access as these relate to your research, teaching, service, and mentoring

·   Four references (contact information – no formal letters)

All information should be submitted online via Interfolio.

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