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Chair, Department of Dance

Chair, Department of Dance

Position: The Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University invites applications for the Chair of the Department of Dance, a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, starting August 1, 2014.  The Chair serves as the academic and administrative leader for a department of 250 students and twelve 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.

Qualifications: An MFA in Dance, Choreography or related terminal degree, a minimum of five years of university teaching experience, three years experience in management or academic administration, and five years of professional dance experience.   Must be able to teach all levels of technique within area of expertise (Ballet, Jazz, or Modern), choreograph and/or stage works from repertoire.             

About the University: Point Park University is a vibrant, urban campus located at the periphery of historic Market Square, in downtown Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 4000 full and part-time students in more than 50 areas of academic study.

With over 250 full-time undergraduate students, the Dance Department is one of three departments in the University's prestigious and nationally recognized Conservatory of Performing Arts. The department offers a B.F.A. and B.A. degrees in Dance, with concentrations in Ballet, Jazz and Modern, and a B.A. degree in Dance Pedagogy.  Admission is highly competitive and the programs are professionally oriented with rigorous training in dance technique and a strong academic curriculum, which provides the skills needed for success in today’s world and also addresses social, cultural and political issues.

Application: Please submit a letter of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, list of three professional references with contact information, and samples of creative work via DVD or URL  to: Office of the Dean, Conservatory of Performing Arts, Point Park University, 201 Wood Street, Suite 625 LH, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or by e-mail to: Conservatory@pointpark.edu. If submitting your application by e-mail, please note that the subject line MUST STATE the position for which you are applying. Review of applications will begin on February 17, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Positions are subject to approval and funding. For additional information, visit www.pointpark.edu. Salary is commensurate with credentials and experience.  Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.