The Department of Theater and Dance at Bates College invites applications for a one-year visiting position in Dance to begin August 1, 2022. Bates is an undergraduate liberal arts institution offering a major and minor in dance and hosting the internationally acclaimed Bates Dance Festival. Our students represent a wide range of interests and experiences, as well as a diversity of identities in and through dance, and we foster an intentional, equitable, inclusive and engaged community. Candidates with demonstrated success working with diverse, underrepresented and marginalized populations are encouraged to apply.
The position consists of a five-course teaching or teaching-equivalent load: teaching in the studio and in the classroom; choreographing for students; advising and mentoring students; coordination with visiting artists and dance concert production.
The workload of five teaching credits include:
2 full-credits of cultural context courses: Contemporary Issues in Dance and Dance History
1 full-credit course during Short Term, titled Building a Studio Practice
1 half-credit performance choreography
3 half-credit studio practice courses in the candidate’s expertise to be taught over two semesters
In addition to teaching aspects of history/cultural context and dance composition with racially, ethnically, culturally and gender diverse content, and having a strong studio teaching practice, candidates must be qualified to teach in at least one of the following areas: a non-European, popular global, or diasporic dance form.
Candidates must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, and a commitment to collaboration in a small liberal arts community are essential for a successful candidacy.
Applicants should submit the following materials:
Letter of Application (cover letter)
Statements on the following: Artistic/Creative Philosophies, Inclusive Pedagogies
Two Letters of Recommendation focusing on teaching
Two sample syllabi of relevant courses
Links to a teaching reel of no more than 10
The review of applications will begin May 15 and will continue until the position has been filled. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.
Candidates must have earned an MFA or other terminal degree in dance or a dance- related area of study by August 1, 2022. Also, a strong studio and creative profile, demonstrable college level teaching experience, preferably in a Department of Theater and Dance, and evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion in an academic environment are required.
Internal Number: R2239
About Bates College
Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.Since its inception, Bates has been a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.The College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. With an engaged citizenry, lively arts scene, and historic downtown, this walkable city is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.