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Visiting Faculty - Dance (College Liberal Arts and Sciences)

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Position type: FAC - Visiting Faculty - 1st Year - Academic Year
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Summary: The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is seeking applications for a full-time, one-year visiting faculty position to begin in August 2021. Duties will include teaching at least two of the following: hip hop, urban dance, West African dance, and jazz dance, plus additional theory and/or studio courses from the dance curriculum. The position will require the individual to choreograph for department concerts and productions; mentor-student dancers and choreographers; participate in auditions and recruitment activities; and participate in the performance life of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Demonstrated teaching expertise in at least two of the following: hip hop, urban dance, West African (classical and/or contemporary), and historically/culturally rooted jazz dance forms.
  • Ability to teach additional courses in one or more of the following from a position de-centering Whiteness: choreography/composition, dance history, pedagogy, repertory.
  • Terminal degree in dance or a related discipline and/or equivalent professional experience in the candidate’s field of expertise.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated evidence of choreographic work in the candidate’s area(s) of expertise
  • One or more years of teaching experience in higher education
  • Experience in or demonstrated understanding of social justice education and/or initiatives, and/or inclusion, diversity, and/or intercultural training.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy.
  • Ability to teach in both face-to-face and online environments

We encourage applications from candidates who are underrepresented candidates who have interest and/or experience in working with diverse student and community populations.

Salary: $40,000

Department/Division: Dance Program - Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Campus: Allendale Campus as well as online/hybrid if required

Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable and rich in cultural amenities, and is located in easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and GVSU is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance.

How to Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now." The online application system will allow you to attach documents electronically. Please include the following:

  • A cover letter describing your qualifications
  • A one-page statement of teaching philosophy
  • A one-page statement describing your commitment to inclusive excellence that includes a summary of ongoing and anticipated activities to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in your teaching.
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Transcripts from the highest degree attained, if applicable (unofficial issued to students are acceptable to apply)

Candidates who advance in the search should be prepared to submit on short notice video including samples of choreographic work and showing an entire class with the candidate teaching.

On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references who can address teaching effectiveness (to be used only in the final stage of consideration).

If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Questions about the position may be directed to the Search Committee Chair: Carrie Brueck Morris at

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2021, and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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