Job ID: 221449

Assistant Professor of Dance

The University of South Dakota

  • Sep. 15, 2023
  • Assistant Professor of Dance
  • Department of Theatre
  • The University of South Dakota
    Vermillion, SD
  • Open until filled, First review 10/16/23
  • Aug. 19, 2024
  • Assistant Professor
  • Dance

Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Dance

Department of Theatre

Position Description:   The University of South Dakota invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Dance to commence August 2024.  This individual will serve as coordinator of the Dance Minor and work closely with the coordinator of the Musical Theatre program on curricular modifications in dance and musical theatre student advising.  The successful candidate will teach classes within our dance curriculum that include, but are not limited to, Ballet levels I-III, Jazz Dance levels I-II, Tap Dance levels I-II, Modern Dance levels I-II, Musical Theatre Styles, and Choreography.  This appointment requires that the candidate choreograph and/or mentor student choreographers for our musicals and direct our biennial Spring Dance Showcase. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of communities, and who have a commitment to providing an open and welcoming environment for all students, are encouraged to apply.  All faculty members are expected to be active in recruitment and to be active in research/creative scholarship. 

Qualifications:  MFA in Dance, an MFA in Musical Theatre with a dance emphasis, or an MA in Dance with at least 3 years of professional experience. Two years of teaching in higher education and professional experience required.

Rank and salary:  Assistant Professor: $48,000-$53,000.

Application Procedures:  Applications will only be accepted on-line at  Include on the website a letter of application, curriculum vitae with a link to your website and/or your digital portfolio, statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and phone numbers of three current references. US sponsorship is not available for this position. 

If you have any questions, please contact

Danielle Heeren, Office of the Dean

College of Fine Arts

The University of South Dakota

414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin October 16, 2023, and will continue until position is filled.                      

Department of Theatre:  Located in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, the Theatre Department is part of the College of Fine Arts, which also includes the departments of Art and Music.  A faculty of ten serve eighty-five theatre majors in a program that offers the BFA and MFA degrees with a specialization in design/technology and emphases in scene design, lighting/ sound design, costume design, and technical theatre.  The University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and is affiliated with the Black Hills Playhouse, a 70-year-old summer stock theatre located in Custer State Park, and the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival which provides free Shakespeare in the park in Vermillion.                           

The University of South Dakota:  Located in southeast South Dakota, USD is the flagship liberal arts institution for the State of South Dakota (just under 10,000) and is composed of the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, Schools of Business, Education, Law, Medicine and Graduate School.  Information about the Theatre Department may be obtained on our website at

  • USD is committed to fostering a dynamic and welcoming working and learning environment for all. USD provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to ideological, political, or sectarian opinions or perspectives; or race, color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, disability, national origin or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. USD is committed to the principles of free expression and encourages the timely and rational discussion of topics in an environment that is intellectually and ideologically diverse.

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  • Danielle Heeren, Office of the Dean
    College of Fine Arts
    The University of South Dakota
    414 East Clark St
    Vermillion, SD 57069

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