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Lecturer - Dance

Job no: 493492
Work type: Faculty
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Dance

Application Instructions:

Apply via Interfolio at: http://apply.interfolio.com/95430

Department: Dance
Anticipated Start Date: August 23, 2022
About the Position:

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Dance invites applications for a Lecturer position beginning August 23, 2022. The Dance Department resides in UMBC’s Performing Arts and Humanities Building which features large, fully equipped studios and state-of-the-art performing spaces. UMBC is especially proud of the diversity of its student body and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position as our strong commitment to increasing faculty diversity.

The department values innovation, and is particularly interested in faculty who are thinking about the changing world of dance, and what it means to be a dancer or dance artist today and into the future. The department welcomes the opportunity to identify a new faculty member whose primary role will be to prepare dancers of the future through strong training/teaching in Contemporary and Modern dance, including Horton technique and ballet. The successful candidate will have choreographic knowledge and skills gained through professional dance experience, dedication to teaching, commitment to inclusive excellence in higher education, strong interpersonal skills and strengths in areas that both enhance and advance the mission of the department.

A member institution of the National Association of Schools of Dance, UMBC offers B.A. in Dance and a Dance Minor. Department enrollment includes approximately 45 dance majors and 12 dance minors. UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service. The campus offers students a strong liberal arts foundation and is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, equity, social justice and lifelong learning. Located along the Baltimore-Washington corridor, the campus is 15 minutes from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and 30 minutes from Washington, DC. Area dance venues where faculty have presented work include Dance Place, the Kennedy Center, Baltimore Theatre Project, local galleries, ACDA conferences and UMBC’s own Baltimore Dance Project.


  • Teach four courses or the equivalent per academic semester
  • Direct one student dance concert per academic year
  • Choreograph works for dance majors
  • Foster a positive learning environment that values diversity and student success
  • Participate in department recruitment
  • Advise and mentor dance majors


  • A record of professional performance
  • Five or more years of teaching experience at the professional, pre-professional, or college level preferred
  • Experience in teaching all levels of Contemporary/Modern dance technique, with expertise in Horton technique
  • Experience in teaching all levels of Ballet, with expertise in teaching at the advanced level
  • Experience in choreographing Contemporary/Modern and Ballet works
  • Experience in directing a dance concert

Application Instructions

Please upload the following application materials to (https://apply.interfolio.com/95430)

  • Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Separate statement of commitment to Inclusive Excellence 
  • Separate statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • URL links to two examples of original choreography
  • Contact information for three referees; candidate must be prepared to submit three letters of recommendation upon request.

For questions about the position, please contact Professor Carol Hess (hessvait@umbc.edu).

For best consideration, apply by December 5, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately until filled. UMBC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Screening of Applications Begins: Review of application materials will begin December 5, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.   
About UMBC:

UMBC, an honors university serving more than 11,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, is one of two public universities in Maryland to achieve the “doctoral/research university-extensive” Carnegie classification. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership.

Our UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds. The successful candidate will join a department with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts (https://diversity.umbc.edu/).

COVID-19 Vaccination:

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMBC, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMBC, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required at the start of employment. Further information is available at: https://covid19.umbc.edu/vaccine/

 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Title IX: As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.   
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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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