Dance deepens one’s knowledge and expression of human experience.
We believe in the creative and intellectual potential of each person.
Dance can change the world.

The Dance Department at Wesleyan is a contemporary program with a global perspective. The curriculum centers on the creative act – imagining, making and doing. Our program is interdisciplinary, embodied, collaborative, physically and intellectually rigorous, and fosters personal and social transformation.

Position Opening: Full Time Visiting Assistant, Dance Department

POSITION TYPE: FULL TIME VISITING ASSISTANT, DANCE DEPARTMENT (revised application deadline:  April 20, 2020)

Wesleyan University’s Department of Dance invites applications for a Full Time Visitor Position in Dance beginning September 1, 2020. The teaching load is 3/2. Additional duties include mentoring students, supervision of senior research, participating as liaison for productions, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental level.

The successful candidate will teach five courses over two semesters. The successful candidate will teach five courses over two semesters. Candidate should be prepared to teach solo composition, and have experience in at least two of the following: Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Technique Practices, Hip Hop, a hybrid (studio/seminar) course in the candidate’s area(s) of expertise, Anatomy/Kinesiology.

 The Dance Department’s pedagogy emphasizes critical engagement as well as the integration of theory and practice in both seminar and studio-based courses within a rigorous liberal arts context.



 JOB DUTIES: Teaching load of 5 courses (2/3 or 3/2), serving as advisor on senior research projects and theses, participation in coordination of productions, participating in department governance, productions, and administration through attendance in department steering meetings, and liaisoning of departmental dance productions.


As a small, collaborative department, all members of the dance faculty contribute to the supervision of senior thesis projects, the production of performances and events with students and visiting artists, and the ongoing development and administration of the dance program. Above all, we seek candidates with a strong commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level, a lively intellectual and artistic engagement with the field, and an interest in contributing to a vital and diverse curriculum and interdisciplinary conversations. Information on the Wesleyan Dance Department is available at


Candidates must have an MA in Dance, Dance Studies, or related field; terminal degree in Dance, Dance Studies or related field preferred.


You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Links to sample teaching and creative work
  4. Statement of Current Research and documentation of teaching experiences including
  5. Teaching Statement
  6. Course syllabi
  7. Student evaluations.

As part of your teaching statement or cover letter, we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to insure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).


Please apply at:

Applications completed by April 20, 2020 will receive full consideration.


Please contact Katja Kolcio at if you have questions about the application process.




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