Winthrop University

Assistant Professor of Dance (Dance Education)


Assistant Professor of Dance (Dance Education)
Winthrop University, a highly ranked, public, comprehensive university, announces a national search for an Assistant Professor of Dance (Dance Education). This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure- track appointment in the Department of Theatre and Dance within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and includes coordination of the Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education (K-12 teacher certification) degree program. Salary and rank are dependent upon qualifications. This position requires daily contact with students, faculty, and staff on campus. Additionally, the successful candidate may be expected to occasionally participate in events in the evenings and on weekends. Winthrop enrolls a diverse student body, which closely mirrors the racial and ethnic diversity in the state, and has recently received accolades for its success in graduating students of color.


  • Teach undergraduate and graduate K-12 dance pedagogy courses
  • Teach related dance courses depending on expertise/interest
  • Supervise, advise and mentor dance education students in K-12 certification program, including field experiences and internships
  • Develop and maintain close contact with area schools and the College of Education
  • Maintain creative/scholarly activity as demonstrated by an active research profile
  • Participate in curriculum development, accreditation, assessment, and program planning
  • Engage in professional stewardship and academic responsibilities to the department, college, university, discipline, and community, as appropriate
  • Participate in recruiting as well as other service and professional activities, and professional organizations related to the field
  • Maintain creative/scholarly activity as demonstrated by an active research/professional profile
  • Engage in professional stewardship and academic responsibilities to the department, college, university, discipline, and community, as appropriate
  • Participate in departmental production program
  • Assume other responsibilities according to departmental needs and candidate’s qualifications


Required Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in dance (completed by contract start date)
  • Post-secondary teaching experience
  • K-12 school teaching experience in dance
  • A record of scholarly/creative activity
  • Currently hold or previously held certification to teach dance in K-12 public schools (from any state)

Desirable Qualifications

  • Minimum of three years of post-secondary teaching experience
  • Minimum of three years teaching experience in a K-12 setting
  • Expertise teaching dance technique classes (i.e. Modern, World Dance, Aerial Dance) or theory classes (i.e. Kinesiology, Dance History)
  • Experience working with diverse student populations
  • Willingness to collaborate, communicate, and contribute to the growth of the department
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Application Instructions

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their credentials as soon as possible for full consideration. Application review will begin on January 30, 2020. Applications received after this start of review may be considered if an acceptable candidate is not identified. Complete applications should be submitted electronically at apply.interfolio.com/70639 and should include:

  • a cover letter addressing interest in and qualifications for the position
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • a one-page statement of teaching philosophy; and evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • the names, email and phone numbers of three references familiar with the candidate’s qualifications
  • transcript and evidence of highest degree achieved (unofficial transcripts acceptable at this stage)

References will not be contacted without the candidate’s approval/consent. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence. Questions about the position and nominations should be directed to Daniel Gordon, chair of the search committee: gordond@winthrop.edu.

About the Department of Theatre and Dance
The Department of Theatre and Dance fosters individual students’ aesthetic, intellectual, and creative development within the context of a liberal arts education as they pursue a Bachelor of Arts in theatre or dance. The Department offers BA degrees with emphases in Theatre Performance, Musical Theatre, Theatre Design/Tech, Teacher Certification in Theatre (K-12), Dance, and Teacher Certification in Dance (K-12). Through class instruction, private coaching, mentoring, and performance, the department advocates both theoretical and creative exploration to achieve an understanding of the social, political, historical, and technological aspects of theatre and dance. The department offers minors in theatre and dance, and welcomes all students to enroll in courses and audition for productions. The department presents four main stage productions (three in theatre, one in dance), two student choreography showcases, and as many as six studio dance/theatre productions and other informal performances each year.  The department also regularly hosts festivals, and students join faculty in travel to professional conferences. The department employs twelve full-time faculty and ten adjunct faculty to work with 160+ theatre majors and 40+ dance majors. The production season includes four mainstage theatre and dance productions, two student dance showcases, and up to six studio productions. https://www.winthrop.edu/cvpa/theatredance/.

About the College of Visual and Performing Arts
Winthrop University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is the academic home to approximately 700 undergraduate and graduate students majoring in dance, design, studio arts, music, and theatre. The College currently employs over 55 full-time faculty as well as part-time lecturers, all practicing professionals from the surrounding metropolitan area. Winthrop is one of only 37 universities in the United States and the only public or private institution in South Carolina with all five of its undergraduate and graduate arts programs nationally accredited (NASAD, NAST, NASD, NASM and CIDA). In addition, Winthrop’s arts education programs in art, music, theatre, and dance are accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Winthrop has partnered for over 30 years with the Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project, which provides leadership to achieve quality, comprehensive arts education (dance, music, media arts and design, theatre, visual arts and creative writing) for all K-12 students in South Carolina.The ABC Project is cooperatively directed by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the South Carolina Department of Education, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University. Learn more about ABC project at www.abcprojectsc.com.

For the 25th consecutive year, CVPA has welcomed gifted and talented students in grades 6-8 for an artistic summer filled with music, dance, design, drama and photography to participate in ST-ARTS, guiding students through the process of conceptualizing and creating art. The S.C. State Department of Education has cited Winthrop’s summer arts program as a model, and ST-ARTS was a 1993 nominee for the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for excellence in arts education. Since its inception in 1989, the program has served more than 9,000 middle-school students.

About Winthrop University
Founded in 1886 and located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Winthrop University offers its 6,000-plus undergraduate and graduate students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement. Having recently received national accolades for its diverse student body which closely mirrors the racial and ethnic diversity in the state and for its success in graduating students of color, Winthrop embraces only those programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level through its degree-granting colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Visual and Performing Arts. Winthrop is well known for its inclusive and supportive campus environment, with University College supporting programs in both academic and student affairs. Winthrop University is achieving national stature as a competitive and distinctive co-educational, public, residential, comprehensive, values-oriented institution. The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for the University’s continuing development and shape Winthrop’s continuing success.

Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the Winthrop Experience, including the most recent U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Winthrop as one of the top-10 public comprehensive universities in the South. Winthrop is an active member of the Rock Hill community and is recognized as a key component of the region’s economic resurgence. Approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina, Winthrop has direct access to and is engaged in a broad and expansive regional arts and business community. Winthrop’s beautiful campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The attractive recreational and research complex area that surrounds Winthrop Lake is home to Winthrop’s 18 Division I men’s and women’s sports.

Winthrop is committed to providing a safe campus community. Winthrop conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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