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Chair of Dance and Assistant/Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Dance

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Date: Feb 9, 2019

Location: Cincinnati, OH, US

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) seeks an outstanding Teacher/Artist/Choreographer for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to teach Modern and Contemporary Dance and to Chair its Dance Department.          


CCM Dance is a program with both a ballet and contemporary dance emphasis for the dancer seeking top-level training and rigorous artistic, academic and studio curriculum. The program offers undergraduate training to students who earn the BFA in Dance Performance, and annually produces a season of two dance concerts (one of which is a story ballet every other year,) and one choreographer’s showcase—a festival of student created new works.

Faculty duties will include teaching modern and contemporary dance as well as choreography/composition to motivated dance majors in a professionally oriented BFA program.  Other duties include directing, choreographing, restaging or acting as rehearsal assistant for two main stage productions annually, mentoring and advising students, serving on dance and academic committees, and assisting in recruiting, auditioning, and retention of students. Based on this individual’s skills, this faculty member may also teach somatic, dance history or other aspects of their specialties.


Department Chair duties will include:

  • Management and supervision of dance faculty and staff
  • Creation of class schedules and course development
  • Artistic season planning
  • Long-range strategic planning for department
  • Preparation and management of departmental budget
  • Oversight of student recruitment and retention
  • Other customary administrative duties


Recruiting and conferences may necessitate travel within the US.

Minimum Qualifications:  MFA in Dance and professional experience; a minimum of three years prior teaching experience in higher education, conservatory or professional company required.


Preferred Qualifications:  The candidate should have the ability to teach a recognized modern technique and/or contemporary dance. Additional expertise and teaching experience in related fields such as dance media/technology, kinesiology/somatic/Laban, dance history, pedagogy, choreography/composition and specialized dance idioms. Previous chair or other leadership experience is a plus.


Salary: Commensurate with rank, qualifications and experience.


Start Date:  August 15, 2019


To Apply:  To apply for position 35702, go online at and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for at least three references and a one page statement on diversity and inclusion as it relates to your teaching, research, contributions and/or mentoring. Video recordings or YouTube links of teaching and/or choreography may be requested during the search process. Screening of applicants will begin in January of 2019 and the position will remain open until filled. FOR ALL FACULTY HIRES OFFICIAL ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF HIRE.


The University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (CCM):

Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the nation’s leading conservatories,” the University College-Conservatory of Music offers the benefit of a professional training conservatory within the setting of a comprehensive public research university. The University of Cincinnati is the 10th largest research institution in the country, and CCM has been awarded the Ohio Center of Excellence in Arts for 2011. This year will see the completion of a 15 million-dollar renovation of our two primary theaters, providing CCM with one of the most comprehensive arts training facilities in the United States. CCM offers undergraduate (BFA) and graduate (MFA) training in performance, arts administration and design/production. Its many programs are nationally known and recognized.


Dance Alumni:  The CCM Dance Alumni are currently performing with Cincinnati Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ballet West, Alabama Ballet and many other companies across the country.


Division: CCM Dance is part of the Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration Division (TAPAA).  The TAPAA Division has approximately 68 on its faculty and staff, with numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  TAPAA produces a main stage season of two operas, two musicals and two dramas in two venues: a 663 seat traditional proscenium house and a 373 seat modified thrust. In addition, the division also produces several studio productions in all the performance disciplines in a highly flexible and fully equipped studio theatre.


The City of Cincinnati:

Cincinnati is home to a wide variety of professional arts institutions, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera, the Tony award-winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Cincinnati Ballet, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Center and the nation’s first and largest united arts fund, ArtsWave.


Diversity at the University of Cincinnati and CCM:

The University of Cincinnati and CCM are strongly committed to the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty. The University invests in its faculty by sponsoring an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development in Diversity and through its provostal support and active African American, Latino, and LGBTQ faculty associations and affinity groups. CCM has partnered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) for the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CCM is also engaged in the City of Cincinnati with such programs as CCM After School/Whiz Kids after-school mentoring and tutoring program with the City Gospel Mission, the Suzuki String-Program and Grades 1-3 at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and the Artist-in-Residence program at Twin Towers Senior Living Community.




The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.


REQ: 35702


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