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Associate Professor of Dance

Application Window

Open date: January 5th, 2022

Most recent review date: Friday, Feb 25, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Associate Professor in Dance – UC San Diego
THE DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE & DANCE at UC San Diego ( invites dance makers to apply for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in the Ladder Rank Series. The academic appointment for this position will be for an Associate Professor in Dance effective July 1, 2022 (service period begins Fall Quarter 2022).

The Department of Theatre & Dance (T&D) at UC San Diego invites exceptional dance makers who emphasize interdisciplinary methodologies and whose research is rooted in Latinx experiences and practices that are varyingly diasporic, multiracial, trans-geographic and intersectional. This position is one of 14 new ladder-rank faculty positions in the Latinx Cluster Hire Initiative (LCHI) at UC San Diego. The LCHI aims to increase faculty diversity, innovative research, and culturally relevant curriculum and mentorship through increased engagement and collaboration between various departments across campus with the Chicanx and Latinx Studies (CLS) and Latin American Studies (LAS) programs.

The ideal candidate is a dance maker who is cutting-edge in the profession, a risk-taker, a fearless collaborator, and a creative responder who poses potent questions through their work. Candidates should have a clearly established, unique artistic vision, identity, voice, and praxis in relation to Latinx experiences and should be ready and excited to develop educational programs in the Dance area through this lens. We welcome applicants whose practice might engage with areas of research such as: the hybridization and fusion of culturally, geographically, and historically diverse dance forms; somatic approaches (i.e., dance training, movement research, improvisation, composition and choreography); 21st-century interdisciplinary performance and aesthetics as they intersect with critical theory, social justice, and cultural, ethnic, and gender studies.

Faculty hired under LCHI will be expected to design and teach undergraduate courses in the T&D Department that align with the CLS and/or LAS academic programs, and will be expected to mentor students in the T&D Department, and serve as faculty affiliates of CLS and/or LAS and mentor in one or both programs. The candidate’s regular teaching load will include courses in the T&D Department as well as the CLS and/or LAS Program.

Faculty hired under LCHI will have multiple opportunities to contribute to UC San Diego’s transformation from an emergent Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) to a full-status HSI that meets the curricular and cultural needs of Latinx, URM, and first-generation students. This includes faculty engagement with scholars across disciplines to address issues of race and racism, access and equity, and social and political debates pertinent to Chicanx, Latinx, and Latin American Studies. The T&D LCHI faculty will work within their home department, professional and local communities, and contribute to the artistic and cultural conversations throughout the university.

We especially welcome candidates whose professional experience, community engagement, and personal background have facilitated their understanding of and ability to better serve students from traditionally underrepresented communities in higher education. Faculty are expected to have an inclusive approach to mentoring and advising that incorporates working with women and underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, the appointee will be expected to participate as a member of the campus community on committees at both departmental and university levels.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC San Diego requires all candidates for academic appointments with tenure or security of employment to complete, sign, and upload the Institutional Reference Check release form entitled “Authorization to Release Form” into RECRUIT as part of their application.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Required Qualifications:
Applicants should possess an MFA or equivalent professional experience in dance making; evidence of excellence in teaching within a range of educational contexts such as, but not limited to: colleges and universities, workshops, seminars, guest artist, etc.; a history of professional productions.

The ideal applicant will have strong or potential accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Authorization to Release Form - Applicants must complete, sign and upload this form. See Institutional Reference Check ( for more information.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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