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Assistant/Associate Professor of Dance/Director of Dance

The South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University cordially invites applications for a  professional-track, nine-month instructional position in the area of Dance at the rank of assistant professor. The preferred start date for the position is Fall 2023. Exceptionally well-qualified candidates with teaching and industry experience will be considered for appointment at an advanced rank (associate or full professor). Anderson University is an innovative, entrepreneurial, premier comprehensive liberal arts university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention.  The University seeks candidates with a strong Christian value system, lifestyle, and commitment to the integration of faith and learning.

Anderson University is a “more selective” comprehensive Christian university offering bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees on campus and online. Anderson University is among US News and  World Report’s “Best Regional Universities South,” and is on the publication’s “Most Innovative,”  “Best Value,” “Best Undergraduate Teaching,” “Best Social Mobility” and “Best Online Programs”  lists. Anderson also is ranked #27 nationally for Student Engagement by the Wall Street Journal; is a  “Best College” among institutions of higher learning in the southeast by The Princeton Review; and  is a three-time Apple Distinguished School.

The responsibilities of the faculty member in this nine-month position include, but are not limited to:

  • 12-hour credit load per semester.
  • Teach dance courses for undergraduate students in the Dance major/minor, as well as BFA Musical Theatre and BFA Acting students. Assignments can include: 4 levels each of Jazz, Ballet, Tap, and Modern depending on the candidate’s expertise, as well as Dance History, Dance Masterclass, Choreography and other related courses.
  • Producing, choreographing, and/or mentoring student choreographers for the Fall and Spring Dance Concerts/Showcases.
  • Provide leadership to part-time faculty and students within the Dance major, including but not limited to short-term and long-term planning, organization, production processes, curriculum review, and possible development of a Dance Education major.
  • Work closely with and report to the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance in many capacities including creating semester course schedules, scheduling audition dates, maintaining the dance studio facilities, etc.
  • Recruiting: the successful candidate will also be instrumental in the continued growth of our BA in Dance degree program.
  • Engage in service on departmental, college, and university levels. This may include serving on committees and participating in recruitment.
  • Engage in scholarly and creative activities.
  • Additional paid work beyond the standard contract may include choreography for one of our two mainstage musicals, choreography for the Music Department’s annual First Night Celebration, and choreography for our annual President’s Gala.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with significant professional experience in performance, choreography, and teaching Dance at the university level

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MFA in Dance or Choreography
  • Experience teaching Dance in public secondary schools
  • Expertise in Modern dance

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is an on-site, in-person role.

Application review will begin immediately and end with a successful appointment.

Please include a digital cover letter of application, curriculum vitae, and an AU faculty application to:  Dance Search Committee Chair, Dr. David Sollish, at

About our Commitment to Diversity

Anderson University is a private Christian institution of higher education committed to developing a diverse campus and culture that is reflective of God’s Kingdom and biblical unity. Anderson University does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, pregnancy, disability, age, religion, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other basis on which the University is prohibited from discrimination under applicable local, state, or federal law, in its employment or in the provision of its services, including but not limited to its programs and activities, admissions, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs.

The dedicated faculty and staff of Anderson University are committed to assuring a Christ-centered educational environment of excellence. In order to fulfil its religious tenets, and as recognized by law, those seeking employment at the University must be of the Christian faith and agree to respect and not undermine the University’s mission, values, vision, and Statement of Faith. Inquiries related to our commitment to diversity may be directed to