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Chair of the Department of Dance

Position: The School of Dance and Theatre at Radford University invites applications for the Chair of the Department of Dance, a tenure-track position at the Associate Professor or Professor rank, starting August 10, 2015.  The Chair serves as the academic and administrative leader for a department of 70 students and four full-time faculty members, and provides the strategic vision for the continuous improvement of programs, services and operations.  In addition to teaching, the Chair leads the faculty in assessment, recruiting, student retention, and curriculum development.  Duties include advising faculty, scheduling courses, presiding over department meetings, coordinating tenure and promotion committees, strategic planning, managing department budgets, maintaining accreditation, serving as the department ombudsman, and developing and maintaining strategic partnerships. The department is currently undergoing NASD accreditation.

Qualifications: An MFA or Ph.D. in Dance, Choreography or related terminal degree, a minimum of seven years of university teaching experience, three years experience in management or academic administration, and five years or more of professional dance experience. Must be able to teach all levels of modern technique, some theory classes (e.g. somatics, dance history, dance production), choreograph and/or stage works from repertoire. Knowledge of NASD is desired.

Application: Please submit the following material electronically: a letter of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, list of three professional references with contact information to iplekhano@radford.edu. In addition send samples of creative work via URL to the above email address, or via DVD to: Search Committee Chair Inessa Plekhanova, Department of Dance, Radford University, P.O. Box 6966, Radford, VA 24142. Email submissions MUST STATE applicant’s name and position title in the email’s subject line. Review of applications will begin on December 5, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Positions are subject to approval and funding. For additional information, visit www.radford.edu.  Salary is commensurate with credentials and experience. Minorities are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Dance provides a comprehensive undergraduate dance education that equally emphasizes proficiency in both modern and ballet technique. Degrees offered include a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, and a Bachelor of Science in Dance with teacher licensure. In addition, the department offers an 18-credit-hour minor in dance. Students and faculty enjoy well-equipped facilities and a performance season of three mainstage productions per year including an annual evening of ballet as well as productions of various genres of choreography by faculty and guest artists. A full-length Nutcracker is presented biennially. Student and faculty choreography is also presented several times a year in the studio theatre.

Radford University is a co-educational, state-supported institution with over 9,000 students. In addition, Radford is a city of 15,000 in the scenic highlands of southwest Virginia, approximately 45 miles southwest of Roanoke. For further information, visit: http://www.radford.edu/dance.

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