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Assistant Professor - Department of Kinesiology - Dance 23-11

California State University, Northridge

Last Updated: 5/18/23

Job Description

Assistant Professor - Department of Kinesiology - Dance 23-11

Department: Kinesiology

Faculty Hire Number: #23-11

Rank: Assistant Professor

Effective Date of Appointment: August 23, 2023 (Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Salary: Dependent upon qualifications

CSUN's Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

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About the College:

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About the Dance Program in the Department of Kinesiology:

CSUN is located in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, a region that is densely populated with dance studios and professional opportunities. It attracts students from disparate geographical regions and from different cultural backgrounds. CSUN offers several dance programs, all designed to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students. Currently, the department of Kinesiology offers a major in Kinesiology with a specialty in dance (Dance Option), a Dance Minor available for students obtaining a BA or BS with a major in another discipline, and two Master of Science Degrees; 1) Kinesiology with areas of study in Adapted Physical Activity, Biomechanics, Dance, Exercise Physiology, Motor Behavior, Pedagogy in Physical Education, and Sport Studies; and 2) Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training. Curriculum in dance includes courses in technique (practical skills and discipline proficiency), pedagogy, composition, socio-cultural/historical perspectives, production (i.e., concert, commercial, film), and dance research.

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The department of Kinesiology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is seeking a tenure-track faculty member in Dance at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in dance, dance pedagogy, dance science, and university General Education courses. The typical teaching workload is 12 units per semester; 3 additional units of workload will be required for administrative duties each semester. Teaching on weekdays, evenings, weekends and on-line may be required. Participation in curricular design and program development activities, working knowledge of the National Association Schools of Dance (NASD) accreditation process, responsibility for student advisement, supervision of graduate research projects/theses, and directing/overseeing student performance opportunities are integral duties in the position. The successful candidate will maintain an active program of scholarly/creative research and publication/performance in dance or dance-related fields.

In addition to teaching, the position requires weekly office hours, attending faculty meetings, and service to the department, college, and university. The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which he/she/they is/are housed for recommending tenure and promotion.

Required Qualifications:

As a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI), inclusiveness and diversity are integral to CSUN's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As of Fall 2020, CSUN enrolls ~40,000 students, where 56% are Latinx, 20.8% are White, 9.3% are Asian-American, 4.8% are Black/African American, 0.1% are Native American, and 0.1% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. The successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service.

  • A doctoral or MFA degree in dance or dance-related field from an accredited institution. Degree at time of application or official notification of the terminal degree by date of appointment is required.
  • College or university-level teaching experience in dance or dance-related fields.
  • Evidence of background in at least three of the following: modern, contemporary, ballet, hip hop dance culture, jazz, ballroom, world dance.
  • Evidence of producing dance performances (i.e., concert stage, film, media, site specific).
  • Evidence of ability and commitment to working with, educating, and mentoring a diverse student population.
  • Evidence of conducting research and/or scholarly/creative activities.

Preferred Qualifications:

In addition, the successful candidate should have:
  • Doctoral degree in dance or a related field from an accredited institution.
  • Experience using culturally responsive pedagogy that leads to equitable outcomes for all students
  • Evidence of effective engagement OR potential to engage with a diverse student body
  • Experience creating a student-centered learning environment
  • Experience adopting inclusive approaches to mentoring
  • Research/Lab/ Studio experience that includes working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience with educational and performance/media technology
  • Knowledge in teaching dance science in one or more of the following areas: biomechanics, injury prevention and management, motor learning and motor control, nutrition, exercise physiology, psychology, aesthetics of human movement
  • Working knowledge of the National Association Schools of Dance (NASD) accreditation process and curriculum development

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin November 11, 2022. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline (November 11, 2022); however, the position will remain open until filled.

How to Apply:

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:

Applicants must submit a letter of application addressing ability to meet required and preferred job qualifications, curriculum vitae (reverse chronological order), the names of three references who can address the candidate's teaching, research/scholarship, and service qualifications, and candidate's contact information to the website in the section above.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work in the United States.

General Information:

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The person holding this position may be 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 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) 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.
As a condition of employment, all employees need to certify vaccination status by attesting they are fully vaccinated, need a medical exemption, need a religious exemption, or are not working on campus. You can obtain more information about or access the full vaccination policy here. In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.
CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Kinesiology Office at [Register to View] .

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