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Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor in Choreography

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor or Associate Professor

Application Window

Open date: November 19th, 2021

Next review date: Saturday, Jan 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Jan 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD) in the School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA invites applications for a tenure-track (Assistant or Associate Professor) position specializing in choreography/dance. The ideal candidate has an active choreographic profile, is committed to time-based performance as a form, and is preferably working from a perspective and practice not currently represented by the existing tenured faculty in our department. Responsibilities could include teaching composition courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, introductory dance studies courses, practice classes, participation on graduate committees, student advising, service at the departmental and university level, and contributions to other activities necessary to the pursuit of an artistic career, and to the ongoing sustainability of the department.

The WACD Department offers a BA in Dance, a BA in World Arts and Cultures, an MFA in Choreographic Inquiry and a PhD in Culture and Performance. The candidate should be able to serve students in these degree programs, embracing the connection between practice and theory, between written scholarship and movement based art-making. In addition to maintaining an active profile in artistic practice, we seek candidates who are committed to public higher education and who will actively contribute to the Department and University by fostering and supporting an equitable campus community that is diverse in cultural and other backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints. We actively encourage assistant-level applications. To ensure full consideration, candidates should have a terminal Degree (MFA or PhD in related field) or equivalent professional experience of 4 years or more, and apply by January 1, 2022.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Clear evidence of professional activity as an artist
  • Strong command of bodily training technique(s)
  • Vision of what dance can contribute to society
  • Experience at teaching


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Terminal Degree (MFA or PhD in related field) or equivalent professional experience of 4 years or more

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - A cover letter that explains the candidate’s research, teaching, and professional experience.

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Work Samples - Links to 2 work samples of up to 10 minutes each. For work samples please provide cue points. If not provided, the committee will watch the first ten minutes of the link. Full works with cue points is preferred. Please do not send links to promotional reels.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

Please provide three letters of recommendation

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Campus Information

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA