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Faculty job opportunity

Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor, Dance and Media Design

School of Music, Dance and Theatre

Job description:

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks a dedicated dance artist and media specialist committed to advancing equity in dance practices. This is a one-year, full-time assistant teaching professor appointment, beginning Fall 2023.  This position is on the ASU Tempe Campus.

Principal duties for this teaching-intensive position include teaching media design for dance, dance filmmaking (including video and audio editing), video documentation and advanced media and game design, and mentoring students on culminating dance projects that involve media. The ideal candidate will teach through an equity-based lens that centers issues of inclusion and diversity in their course content and teaching methods, and will have an opportunity to teach additional courses in their area of expertise. The successful candidate will supervise and mentor student projects, including senior thesis research and MFA applied projects in a range of contexts. In addition to teaching, active participation in shared faculty governance and service within the School, Institute, and University is expected.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

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About ASU:

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, increasing the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is widely recognized for preparing artists, scholars, visionaries and entrepreneurs to become creative leaders who transform society through their art. Our internationally recognized faculty artists, scholars and guest artists are motivating and compassionate mentors who work with students to cultivate excellence and personal growth. Our nationally recognized programs feature a comprehensive range of degrees plus minors and certificates and more than 600 concerts, events, performances, productions and recitals each year. Located in the culturally rich Southwest in one of the most vibrant, expanding urban centers, our programs afford students access to a diverse environment and engagement in Phoenix’s flourishing arts community. Above all, we value the creativity, personal experience and voice each student brings to the school.

The dance program at ASU offers a rich and culturally diverse curriculum, grounded in the core values of equity, creativity, embodiment, acknowledgement and humanity. In addition to a focus on dance making, teaching practices and scholarship, the curriculum emphasizes and highlights a range of movement practices, including Hip Hop, salsa, contemporary modern dance, contemporary ballet and somatic movement inquiry. With approximately 100 undergraduate dance majors and about 14 MFA students, the dance program is a dynamic teaching and learning environment in which programming, curriculum and social partnership are mutually supportive. Each year we present an extensive season of events that push the boundaries of dance. The dance faculty engage in a wide spectrum of artistic and movement practices, emphasizing creative inquiry, somatic perspectives, and transdisciplinary research. Our aim is to advance the field of dance education and to cultivate artists, teachers, leaders and scholars who will move and think critically across diverse careers.

Required qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to foster the educational and cultural needs of all ASU students who study dance, and to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in their teaching and the field.
  • Demonstrated pedagogical excellence and innovation in the teaching of media design for dance, filmmaking techniques, and interdisciplinary practices for live performance and online platforms.
  • MFA in Dance (Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance) or a related field.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including computer and media/technology skills.

Desired qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the collegiate level and/or in other contexts (e.g.  professional nonprofits and companies, community organizations, health and wellness, K-12 settings, etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate student-centered, reflexive, embodied learning experiences.
  • Ability to teach courses currently represented in the ASU dance program, including dance and movement practices (e.g. yoga) offered for majors and nonmajors, dance history and theory, somatic practices and creative practices.
  • Ability to develop new courses in areas such as website design, film/videography, interactive media, and/or media communications and marketing.
  • Ability to design and implement new curriculum and programs for online and in-person courses, in and across the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA) and in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre.
  • Familiar with using media/sound software such as Isadora; familiar with theatrical sound and media systems.
  • Emerging or established presence in the field as a creative artist, scholar or researcher.
  • Evidence of service to or leadership in the field.
  • An interest in innovative and interdisciplinary practices that broaden current notions of dance.

We acknowledge the 22 tribes who are native to Arizona, and more specifically the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Piipaash or Pee Posh (Maricopa) tribes on whose ancestral homelands ASU’s Tempe campus resides.

Application deadline:

The application deadline is June 4, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Instruction to apply:

Please submit:

  • Letter of interest addressing how the candidate uniquely meets the qualifications for the position, in particular: work experience, innovative teaching, collaboration and service.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • A separate document with the names and contact information of at least three references.
  • A document with a hyperlink to a video no more than ten minutes in duration that shows the candidate’s recent creative work involving media design for dance (within the last five years). For detailed instructions on how to create a document with live hyperlinks, please click here.

All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/122496.

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