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Assistant Professor of Dance

California State University, Long Beach

Last Updated: 3/16/23

Job Description

Assistant Professor of Dance

Job No: 519825
Work Type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Position: Assistant Professor of Dance
Effective Date: August 17, 2023 (Fall Semester)
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Application Deadline: Review of applications is set to begin on or about November 15, 2022. Position open until filled (or recruitment canceled).

College of the Arts
Department of Dance

The Department of Dance in the College of the Arts at California State University, Long Beach invites applications for a full-time, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor with an expertise in Dance Education/Dance Pedagogy.

Candidates should demonstrate an ability to teach pedagogy, movement practice(s) and/or theory course(s) at the college level from an embodied and socio-culturally contextualized approach.

We seek an individual with demonstrated ability to teach, advise/mentor, and develop curriculum that supports and empowers the educational goals of individuals from historically marginalized backgrounds, and who is committed to pedagogical practices that are anti-racist and anti-ableist.


  • M.A., M.A.T., M.F.A., Ed.M. in Dance, Dance Education, or a related field
  • A valid and current teaching credential. If currently credentialed out-of-state, selected hire must successfully transfer credential to the State of California within two years of appointment as a condition of continued employment.
  • At least three-years dance teaching experience in a secondary public-school setting
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population
  • Demonstrated ability to teach pedagogy (including instructional strategies, curriculum, and assessment)
  • Demonstrated ability to teach additional studio and/or theory course(s) that draw upon the candidate's areas of artistic and/or scholarly research

  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Dance, Dance Education, or a related field. Degree at time of application or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree by August 1, 2023.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience at the college level
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current dance practices and pedagogies, including those of non-Western origins
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and mentor students in dance pedagogy
  • Ability to teach movement practice(s) and/or theory course(s) from an embodied and socio-culturally contextualized perspective. Areas of expertise could include movement practices of the African Diasporic, Latinx Diaspora, South/Southeast Asian dance practices, and non-Eurocentric approaches to contemporary/modern/postmodern dance, jazz and/or other western concert dance forms.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with National and California Arts Standards for the single-subject credential in Dance, the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), and the California Teaching Performance Assessment (Cal TPA) portfolio exam.
  • Eligible to teach and be certified in the State of California. [Out-of-State professional-level credential: Must be able to transfer their teaching certification to a California certification in dance.]

  • Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in movement practice, theory, and production appropriate to training and expertise, including general education courses. Also teach Introduction to Teaching (Dance), and Single-Subject Curriculum and Methods (Dance) courses, through the College of Education. [Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.]
  • Assess candidates for admission to the Single-Subject Certification Program in Dance
  • Coordinate student teaching placements in area schools; oversee the supervision and assessment of student teachers doing directed fieldwork
  • Attend monthly Single-Subject Coordinator meetings in the College of Education
  • Mentor students to meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) basic skills and subject matter requirements for teacher certification
  • Serve as Graduate Advisor for the summer MA program for K-12 dance educators. (The position also involves opportunities to teach in the summer MA program)
  • Participate in student recruitment activities
  • Assist with development of curriculum in area(s) of expertise
  • Advise and mentor students interested in further study and career opportunities in dance education/dance certification
  • Develop and sustain research, scholarly and creative activities commensurate with the requirements for tenure
  • Contribute to the development and vitality of the department, college(s), and university, through service and continued engagement in the field

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University's strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions. CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

About Us

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. CSULB faculty are committed teachers and scholars who bring research and creative discovery to students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects.

CSULB Dance is housed within the College of the Arts (COTA), which includes the Departments of Design, Film and Electronic Arts, and Theatre Arts, as well as the School of Art, the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, and the Carpenter Performing Arts Center (CPAC), and is the state's largest and most comprehensive publicly funded school for the arts, with approximately 4,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Enrollments in the department are representative of our state's demographics. Many of our majors transfer from California's extensive high-quality community college system.

Our department takes a holistic, student-centered approach to education that integrates dance-making and physical training with coursework in dance history and ethnography, dance science, somatics, pedagogy, design and production, and an array of immersive and challenging creative and research opportunities. Through these experiences, our faculty seeks to equip each of our graduates with the skills, knowledge and confidence to engage in the dynamic field of dance, and its related studies, and to contribute to its vitality as artists, scholars, educators and advocates.

The Department of Dance offers the following degree pathways: MA, MFA, BA, BA Option in Dance Science, BFA— and a dance minor. Recent revisions to the undergraduate curriculum begin to dismantle the hierarchy of Western dance forms and acknowledge the artistic and cultural contributions and relevance of African diaspora dance to our communities and the profession. Significant changes include the elevation of hip hop to an area of concentration within the BA/BFA, and the inclusion of contemporary Africandance (Umfundalai).

The department is housed in the 90,000 square-foot Dance Center and features seven expansive and light-filled studios, an instructional classroom, a state-of-the-art dance clinic, a Pilates training facility, a computer/media lab, a large costume design and construction shop, a sound production studio, and the 230-seat Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater. The department presents four fully produced concerts annually, featuring choreography by faculty, guest artists, MFA candidates, and dance majors. Other performance opportunities include collaborative and community-based projects and annual participation in the American College Dance Association (ACDA) regional conference.

The College of Education at CSU Long Beach is amongst the premier educator preparation institutions in the state, preparing teachers, counselors, administrators and community leaders to promote equity and excellence in education, and ranks first in the CSU, and in the state, in granting Single-Subject credentials. The College of Education fosters an environment of rigorous learning, intellectual dialogue, and inclusivity that embraces its mission to prepare professional educators and practitioners who promote equity and excellence in diverse urban settings through effective pedagogy, evidence-based practices, collaboration, leadership, innovation, scholarship, and advocacy.

Information on the excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here:

How to Apply - Required Documentation:
  • An Equity and Diversity Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages, single-spaced). For further information and guidelines, please visit:
  • Letter of application addressing interest in the position, and the candidate's training and experience as it relates to the required and preferred qualifications
  • CV [In addition to education and teaching experience, please ensure that CV details scholarly and/or creative work, as well as other notable accomplishments, and provides relevant dates. ]
  • Research Statement [ Summarizing your research accomplishments, current work, and future direction and potential of your work - maximum two pages, single-spaced ]
  • Proof of a valid teaching credential [To be submitted by selected hire only]
  • Names and contact information for three references (to be contacted for confidential letters of recommendation should you reach the semi-finalist stage)

Semi-Finalists should be prepared to submit:
  • One example of a scholarly or creative work (book/dissertation chapter, article, or sample of choreographic work/performance -maximum 30 minutes) that pertains to teaching or research interests
  • Sample of syllabi and instructional materials for a dance movement or pedagogy course, created by the candidate
  • Copy of transcript from institution awarding highest degree

Finalists should be prepared to submit an official transcript (e-transcript preferred, if available) and references will be contacted via phone or e-mail

How to Apply: Click Apply Now icon to complete the CSULB online application

Requests for information or questions about the position should be addressed to:

Dr. Brooke Winder, Search Committee Chair

Telephone: [Register to View]


A background check (including a criminal records check and telephone reference check with most recent employer) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

CSU Vaccination Policy
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CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race or ethnicity (including color or ancestry), nationality, religion or religious creed, gender (or sex), gender identity (including transgender), gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), medical condition, genetic information, age, veteran or military status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Closes: Open until filled

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Long Beach, California, United States
CSULB, one of the largest universities in the CSU system, is located in Long Beach on a beautifully landscaped, 320-acre campus near the ocean and the thriving downtown area. The school’s faculty and staff are engaged in a broad array of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, significant research, in addition to a wide range of community and professional service organizations.