The Ball State Department of Theatre and Dance is growing and changing. We offer eight diverse curricular options that develop and nurture each student’s creativity, curiosity, and collaborative skills. We inspire our students to be thinkers, responsible citizens, and motivated artists who will make a difference in creating the next generation's voice.
We currently serve over 500 majors in the department, including 70 dance majors through our two degree programs, the BA BS in Dance and the BFA in Dance. The dance program focuses on how bodies in motion affect the world, and how our dancing is, in turn, affected by the world we live in. We connect artistic discovery to real-world application, asking students to self-direct, innovate, and implement a plan for their time on campus and their career beyond. Our undergraduate only program, low student-to-faculty ratio, hands-on advising and mentoring from a faculty of working professionals, and distinguished guest artists allow for the personal development of each dancer as an individual.
As a faculty member at Ball State University, you will have access to robust programming and institutional resources that help faculty develop as teachers, creative artists, and scholars, including new faculty academies and communities of practice, development opportunities through the Division of Online and Strategic Learning, and the University's Aspire internal granting program.
We are seeking a colleague to join the vibrant community of Theatre and Dance at Ball State University, and be a part of our innovative and collaborative dance program where faculty and staff foster the development of compassionate, inclusive, and empathetic dance artists and human beings.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellence in inclusive approaches to dance history that merge theory and practice. Their teaching practices align with our mission of transforming undergraduate dance education through interdisciplinary inquiry and a collaborative teaching environment, and utilize immersive learning practices and inclusive pedagogies that prioritize diverse cultural approaches to dance, particularly non-western and global dance forms.
Our future colleague will teach a variety of theory and practice courses within a growing BA BS and BFA dance curriculum, and have the opportunity to develop and shape future curricula in area of expertise/interest. This individual will teach all levels of dance history for majors and introduction to dance for the general student population. In addition, they will have expertise and the ability to teach in at least one additional area of dance theory and practice.
The ideal applicant will have an interest and ability to facilitate undergraduate inquiry that will lead students to discover and develop their own research interests. They will have the ability to collaborate on the vision, design, and management of the dance program, mentor student creativity and research, and perform departmental and advisory duties as assigned. As a faculty member in the College of Fine Arts, they are expected to be a quality teacher, productive in creative and/or scholarly work, and engaged in public service activities, contributing to the Ball State and Muncie communities, and beyond.
An MFA in Dance or a PhD in Dance or in a related field with a strong emphasis in dance (completed by August 1, 2020).
One year of part-time or full-time teaching experience at the university/college level, gained concurrently or at any time.
Three years of teaching at the university/college level with substantial professional experience.
Ability to teach all levels of dance history for dance majors.
Ability to teach introduction to dance for the general student population, both in person and potentially in online/blended offerings.
Expertise in and ability to teach in one or more of the following: dance making/composition, 21st century dance theories and/or practices, dance and media, a dance practice/dance technique with preference to applicants with experience in any one of the following: non-Western techniques, Eastern dance techniques, world dance forms, vernacular dance forms.
Active and substantial creative research agenda that contributes to the national campus profile (publication, choreography, creative research, performance, reconstruction).
Excellent communication and organizational skills.
Appointment Type: Tenure-track
Length of Appointment: FT Academic Year
About Ball State University:
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of 7 academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master's, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.
Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.EEO/AA Employer/Veterans/Disabled.
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