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Lecturer in Dance

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Music & Dance
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Dance Program seeks a highly motivated, creative, dynamic dance educator and creative artist to join a faculty that values collaboration, innovation, and inclusion in its mission of preparing dance artists, researchers, and teachers. 

About UMass Amherst:

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Lecturer. This is a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure-track position to begin on September 1, 2019. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal.


Teach and team-teach undergraduate dance courses in dance technique (contemporary dance forms, jazz, or hip hop) and one or more courses aimed at both dance students and general education students, such as Dance History, Advanced Dance Composition, Dance Science, or Dance Research and Writing. The candidate will be expected to collaborate in the expansion and promotion of the undergraduate BFA and BA programs, including curriculum review and development, student mentoring and advising, direction of student concerts, and participation in the Five College Dance Consortium as needed. Assignments will depend on candidate’s areas of expertise and the needs of the Department/program.


  • MA/MFA in Dance.
  • College-level teaching experience preferred.
  • Broad knowledge of current practices in dance.
  • Interest and/or experience in traditional and non-traditional dance practices, as well as an interest in developing new course offerings and community engagement opportunities.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.



Commensurate with Lecturer rank. 

Application Instructions:

To apply, submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) list of three current referees with full contact information including valid email addresses, and 4) video samples of at least two representative creative works. Additional supporting materials, including a teaching video, may be requested from finalists. Application materials will not be returned.

Review of applications will begin on January 7, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Additional Information:

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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