The Department of Performing Arts at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design seeks candidates for a full-time faculty appointment in its unique Bachelor of Science in Dance program.

Where: Philadelphia, US

Deadline for applications: Until filled. Preference is given to applications received by January 1, 2017

The Dance program at Drexel University attracts strong academic students who are interested in multiple ways of engaging in the field of dance. A range of in-depth creative experiences allows our students to improve as performers and choreographers, while demonstrating interest in other areas of study offered by an outstanding university. Our students have a strong desire to study dance, both physically and cognitively, develop a stronger sense of self, and prepare for gainful employment after graduation.

The dance program offers a four year BS in Dance which tracks students to one of four graduate school programs/career areas: an MS in Education (an accelerated 5-year program) in partnership with Drexel’s School of Education; an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy through Drexel’s college of Nursing and Health Professions; and a Custom Design BS Dance degree (most commonly performance, choreography or administration).

The Westphal College has more than two thousand students and is one of the largest of Drexel’s fourteen schools and colleges. Drexel is located in the heart of Philadelphia, a vibrant city that nurtures the arts and is a major media market.  The Westphal College offers seventeen award-winning and accredited undergraduate and seven graduate degree programs.

Drexel University is a comprehensive research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With approximately 25,000 students, Drexel is one of America’s 15 largest private universities and is passionately committed to interdisciplinary research, experiential learning, and meaningful community engagement.


A successful candidate should be accomplished in performance and choreography, have a demonstrated record of excellent teaching, have at least 3 years of teaching experience in higher education and have an MFA, PhD or other terminal degree in dance or related field.


MFA, PhD or other terminal degree in Dance or related field;

Minimum of three (3) years teaching experience in higher education;

Significant performance and choreography experience;

Ability to work in a collaborative, team-based environment;

Evidence of research, scholarly or creative activities in the field;

Demonstrated administrative capacity (grant writing, program development, fundraising).


Expertise in somatic modalities;

Interdisciplinary/collaborative interests;

Expertise in non-western dance forms;

Established professional contacts in the field.

Essential Functions:

This Assistant Teaching Professor of Dance will work collaboratively with colleagues to support the vision of the program with an emphasis on performance, choreography and the further development of the Custom Design track. As Teaching Faculty, the primary responsibility will be teaching classes and mentoring students in finding creative voice and career options. This position requires evening and weekend availability; as experiential learning including work with our student dance companies, is a significant part of our curriculum.

Teaching and mentoring:

Teach undergraduate courses in at least one dance genre (non-western dance forms, modern, jazz, ballet, etc.) and academic lecture courses (Introduction to Dance, Dance Appreciation, etc.);

Create works for student dance concerts;

Advise/mentor majors and minors;

Supervise student co-ops;

Maintain professional connections and connect students to the field;

Other teaching and mentoring duties as assigned.

Program development:

Promote and expand the Custom Design performance/choreography career track (assisting students in networking with companies);

Contribute to the development of professional partnerships with local companies;

Service to the Program/Department/University:

Review student applicants as assigned;

Participate in out-of-town recruitment and auditions;

Participate in program and curriculum assessment and development;

Foster collaborations with related programs in the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

Assist in the program’s administration including student recruitment, curriculum development and revisions, course evaluation, and raising awareness of the program’s activities.

Contribute to the department, school and university through committee service and faculty shared governance.

Other duties as assigned.

Supplemental Posting Information:

Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled, but preference is given to applications received by January 1, 2017.

All applications must be submitted through Applications must include a cover letter, a CV or resume, three references, and the completed online application form.

For inquiries, please send an email to Search Chair, Valerie Ifill at

Completed online application materials must include a letter of application including email address; a curriculum vitae (not more than 10 pages in length); and a one-page document listing the names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references; a one-page teaching philosophy document; and one-page document describing a work sample.

If the work sample footage is available online, you may also include URLs on the work sample description document. If the work is not available online, you may send a work sample to:

Dance Search Committee

Department of Performing Arts

2018 MacAlister Hall

Drexel University

3141 Chestnut St.

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Documents that must be associated with this posting

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Work Sample 1,

Work Sample 2, Teaching Philosophy, List of References

The dance program enrolls 40 majors, 20 minors, and services 250 students each term in dance technique classes, including a dance track of the college’s Entertainment and Arts Management major. The program sponsors three student dance companies, one which tours at local elementary schools, and two which perform fully produced concerts twice yearly in the state of the art Mandell Theater. Additionally, the program participates in several community engagement partnerships throughout Philadelphia, offers a 450-hour teacher training in Pilates; and engages interdisciplinary/collaborative projects.

For more information on the Dance Program visit

The program is housed in the Performing Arts Department, which offers a Dance major and eight minors in music, theatre and dance.

Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic.  Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment may not begin until the University accepts the results of the background investigation.

To apply for this position, please apply online at: or visit and search for Assistant Teaching Professor, Dance. The requisition number is 7991.

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