The Department of Dance at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Where: Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, USA

When: Beginning July 2020

Deadline for applications: October 31, 2019

Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years, beginning fall 2020, and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor.

Founded in 1833, Oberlin is a private four-year, selective liberal arts college near Cleveland, Ohio and is also home to an outstanding Conservatory of Music. Together, the two divisions enrol approximately 2900 students. Oberlin College was the first college in the US to make interracial education and co-education central to its mission. The College continues to view a diverse, equitable and inclusive educational environment as essential to the excellence of its academic program.

Dance at Oberlin is characterized by its commitment to experimentation and creation of original work, with an awareness that we are moving in a complex world. Faculty and students show their work throughout the year in events ranging from fully produced proscenium concerts, to adjudicated concerts presented in the dance-specific Main Space, to student-run concerts that embrace a wide variety of student work. Both student and faculty choreographers often collaborate with musicians and composers from Oberlin’s Conservatory of Music, as well as with media and installation artists from the Art Department.
This position is in the curricular area of Contemporary Dance and Engaged Creative Practice. The incumbent will teach a variety of courses (4.5 per year), including those that establish a rigorous movement practice for advanced students, introductory classes, and courses in movement composition with an awareness of the social implications of choreographic work.

The incumbent will also be expected to engage in sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position and participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising and service on committees.

Among the qualifications required for appointment is the M.F.A. and/or Ph.D. degree (in hand or expected by the first semester of the academic year 2020), or equivalent professional experience. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Inclusion and diversity are hallmarks of excellence at Oberlin. The incumbent will bring an understanding of or experience working with underrepresented and diverse academic populations. Oberlin is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service. Oberlin recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran’s status, and/or other protected status as required by applicable law.

To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant’s teaching philosophy and scholarship / artistic interests; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) Unofficial transcript; and, 4) Letters of Reference from three (3) recommenders* All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin College and Conservatory’s online application process at:

*By providing three (3) Professional References (names and email addresses), you agree that we may contact them through our applicant web portal. Reference writers will be asked to submit an electronic Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant.

Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the October 23, 2019 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.

Contact details: Questions about the position can be addressed to Laura, Acting Chair of Dance and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
or, Chair of Dance (on research leave 2019-2020), Kathy Drennan at 440-775-8152.

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