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Assistant Professor of Practice in Dance (Improvisation and Composition)

Kaufman School of Dance Faculty Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A., and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students, and staff that make the university what it is.

The hallmark of the newly-established USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance — as expressed in its motto “The New Movement” — is the development of a new movement model expressed in new media, scholarship, studio practice and choreography for the 21st century. The school provides students with foundational knowledge, opportunities for artistic development, access to a diverse performance repertory, exposure to world-renowned practicing artists, dance conditioning, and strategic career venture skills.

In the fall of 2015, USC Kaufman enrolled its first cohort of BFA dance majors. USC Kaufman also offers a robust array of non-major and minor offerings in dance open to all USC students. The dance minor is designed to present undergraduate students with a focus on the discipline of dance as an educational tool for study and research, offering students an interdisciplinary experience compatible with a variety of majors. Visit the School’s website at for more information.


The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance invites applications for a Full-time, Assistant Professor of Practice in Dance (Teaching) to provide specialized instruction in the areas of Improvisation and Composition to major, minor, and elective technique courses. USC Kaufman seeks a collaborative, dynamic and innovative artist-scholar to teach courses in one or more of the following areas: all levels of improvisation, composition, and dance technique in one or more of the following forms, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, ballet, tap, commercial dance, and/or vernacular dance forms. Ideal candidates will stage works of a renowned choreographer and/or possess experience in commercial dance. Ability to teach academic courses such as Colloquiums, Seminars or general education courses a plus. 

Additional responsibilities to include mentoring students on academic and career goals, working collaboratively with faculty and staff to sustain a safe and supportive educational environment that nurtures dancers from a holistic perspective, collaborating with faculty on student evaluations, grading and assessment, participating in the recruitment, review, and selection of prospective students, serving on departmental committees, and overseeing dance productions on a rotating basis with other faculty. Applicants will be expected to represent USC Kaufman at the University as well as within local, national and international dance communities.  Candidates will serve a diverse student population, must demonstrate a commitment to improving outcomes for historically under-served populations, and are expected to contribute to the School’s diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts.


The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is interested in recruiting candidates who have demonstrated an ongoing, successful engagement with the highest standards of scholarship and/or creative activity, consistent with the expectations for excellence in a Research I university.

Successful candidates will: (1) have significant professional and/or university-level experience in teaching dance composition (2) have significant professional and/or university-level experience in teaching dance forms (3) possess expertize one or more forms of dance including but not limited hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, ballet, tap, commercial dance, and/or vernacular dance, (4) possess an established reputation as an artist and educator in the dance community.


August 16, 2021. Initial appointment will be for 3 years. Renewal beyond the initial period of appointment is possible, but not guaranteed. Position is not eligible for tenure. Compensation commensurate with experience.


Begins February 1, 2021 and continues until position is filled.


All candidates should submit a (1) letter of interest; (2) curriculum vitae including teaching experience, courses taught and developed, professional experience for productions and/or choreography; and (3) names and contact information for three current professional references (included on the CV). Additional materials may be requested at a later date. Letters of interest should describe candidate’s commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education and the performing arts.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. 


  • BA/BFA in dance or a related field. Equivalent professional experience may be considered in lieu of educational experience.

  • Professional or University-level experience teaching dance composition and/or significant experience as a master teacher (teaching young artists and professionals).


  • M.A., M.F.A, or Ph.D. in Dance or a related field. Equivalent professional experience may be considered in lieu of educational experience.

REQ20095892 Posted Date: 12/16/2020

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