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Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH, United States
8 days ago
Oberlin College
Oberlin, Ohio, United States
8 days ago


The Dance Department at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. This position is in the curricular area of Dance Studies & Somatic Practice. The incumbent will teach a total of five courses over two semesters in the general areas of dance studies, Somatic Practices and Physical Techniques. Courses may be designed in the candidate’s area(s) of expertise but should center the connection between practice and theory. The successful candidate will be an artist scholar with a rigorous physical practice and an active research agenda. We especially encourage candidates with demonstrated experience teaching dance alongside its socio-historical context and those that support a culture of diversity, equity, and justice in curriculum and teaching. Ideal candidates have a strong commitment to excellent undergraduate teaching, an active record of research and publication, and an interest in contributing to our thriving close-knit community of socially engaged artists and thinkers.
Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year, beginning fall semester of 2022, and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor.
Dance at Oberlin integrates academic learning with personal experience, leading students to become creative problem solvers and to connect abstract concepts to the physical reality of their bodies. The department focuses on four areas of study: creation and performance, critical inquiry, physical techniques, and somatic studies. Student, faculty and visiting artist choreography is shown throughout the year in events ranging from fully produced proscenium concerts, to adjudicated student concerts presented in the dance-specific Main Space theatre, to student-run concerts that embrace a wide variety of student work. Dance classes are open to all students across the college. Many of our students go on to be successful dancers and choreographers; some continue their studies in graduate programs in dance theory, dance education, and dance medicine; others dance socially or recreationally.  The emphasis in the department is on encouraging students to create, perform, and think about movement in a manner that is consonant with their experience in the other fine and liberal arts.
The incumbent will teach five courses over the fall and spring semesters (including introductory and advanced courses) and be expected to collaborate with the other members of the dance faculty on the advising of senior capstones, the production of performances and events with students and visiting artists, and the ongoing development and administration of the dance program.


Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2022-2023).  Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching.  Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Oberlin College is committed to student and faculty diversity, equity and inclusion.  We encourage applicants who have expertise in any form of somatic practice and are able to teach dance writing and methods of practice as research and research as practice, as well as adding to an innovative curriculum for a varied range of students with diverse identities and backgrounds who seek to explore a liberal arts education and multiple careers.
The incumbent will bring understanding of or experience working with underrepresented and diverse academic populations. Oberlin is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. Oberlin recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran’s status, and/or other protected status as required by applicable law.
To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter describing your teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and service, detailing any connections to supporting an inclusive learning environment; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) an unofficial graduate transcript; 4) a statement detailing your commitment to and experience in diversity and equity in teaching; 5) a research statement that includes how you will support undergraduate research and, if applicable, how you might incorporate undergraduate students into your research program; and 6) Letters of Reference from three recommenders.*  All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin College and Conservatory’s online application process at:
*By providing three letters of reference, you agree that we may contact your letter writers.

Review of applications will begin on February 11, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

Completed applications received by the Feb. 11th deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.  
Questions about the position can be addressed to: or Alysia Ramos, Chair of Dance, at 440-775-8152.
To be assured of consideration, submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, graduate academic transcripts, and at least three recent letters of reference* submitted on your behalf to
See the Oberlin College job portal for full details.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60917840
  • Location:
    Oberlin, Ohio, United States
  • Position Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance
  • Company Name: Oberlin College
  • Job Function: Assistant Professor of Dance
  • Entry Level: Yes
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: 1-2 Years
  • Min Education: Ph.D.
  • Min Experience: 1-2 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%

Oberlin College & Conservatory is a four-year, highly selective liberal arts college that combines a top-ranked college of arts and sciences with a world-renowned conservatory of music. Combined, the two divisions enroll approximately 2,900 students. Founded in 1833, Oberlin College & Conservatory was the first college in America to make interracial education and coeducation central to its mission-traditions that live today within a commitment to positive social engagement. Located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, Ohio, O...

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