Associate/Full Professor and Director of the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance

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Associate/Full Professor and Director of the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance

  • 499054
  • Faculty
  • Full-time
  • Opening at: Sep 18 2023 at 09:00 CDT
  • College of Fine Arts

Application Deadline:

November 1, 2023

Position Details:

This full-time faculty position is on-campus and in-person.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023, and remain open until the position is filled.

Position Details
Director of the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance

The School for Classical & Contemporary Dance in the College of Fine Arts at Texas Christian University invites applications for the position of Associate/Full Professor of Dance and Director of the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance (SCCDance). The Director serves as the senior administrator of the academic unit and reports to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts. The position requires in-person on-campus teaching at the undergraduate level in studio and/or lecture classes. The position start date is in summer 2024.

The Director will:
• provide academic and artistic leadership for all instructional and creative/scholarly activities and ensure that the goals and objectives of the School, College, and University are appropriate and properly implemented;
• manage budgets and financial resources and oversee the administration of the unit’s facilities;
• oversee faculty and staff recruitment, retention, mentoring, and professional development and make recommendations on hiring to the Dean;
• oversee the promotion and tenure process, recommend merit raises, and review the performance of instructional and support staff;
• assign faculty course loads and the scheduling of classes;
• facilitate and manage program development, assessment, curricula, and accreditation activities;
• develop and oversee activities related to recruitment, auditions, admissions, and retention of students; serve as faculty advisor and support student orientation;
• collaborate with faculty, staff, and students on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives,
• work with faculty to maintain and facilitate guest artist program;
• positively represent the School to the University and the public and build community partnerships and professional relationships;
• work with the Dean on advancement and fundraising initiatives;
• teach regularly in studio and/or lecturer courses;
• maintain a record of scholarly and/or creative activity, advising / mentoring, and service.

Department Details:

The School for Classical & Contemporary Dance (SCCDance) was founded in 1949 and offers three BFA degrees dedicated to conservatory-style depth inside a liberal arts education. DanceTCU offers seven distinct productions each academic year, welcomes numerous guest artists, collaborates across disciplines, and pursues unique opportunities that support student professional and educational development. SCCDance alumni are performers, choreographers, artistic directors, arts administrators, educators, program developers, studio owners, designers, dance therapists, dance photographers, and more. They also take their TCU education into prestigious graduate programs and fields such as medicine, physical therapy, counseling, journalism, and law. With a mission to develop educated dance artists prepared to become ethical professionals and leaders in the global dance community, the SCCDance is committed to preparing students to enter the field of dance and beyond.

Texas Christian University’s School for Classical & Contemporary Dance (SCCDance) offers superior training in a rigorous academic setting to develop educated dance artists who are prepared to become leaders in the global dance community. It houses a community of artists dedicated to valuing each individual’s unique pathway through the BFA.

SCCDance faculty provide opportunities and experiences to support growth – physically, intellectually, creatively, and collaboratively. Whether in the studio, on the stage, or in the classroom, a BFA from the SCCDance prepares students with powerful skills that are essential in dance and beyond. TCU is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.

Admission to TCU SCCDance is highly competitive. Students must apply to
TCU through the Office of Undergraduate Admission in addition to applying to the SCCDance. An audition for entrance to the SCCDance is required.

The SCCDance offers dance merit scholarships for students who qualify through audition. Approximately 75 percent of dance majors at TCU hold dance scholarships. Many dance majors also hold academic scholarships and may qualify for grant aid.

Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Ballet | Modern Dance | Ballet and Modern Dance (double major)

TCU SCCDance DEI Statement:
The TCU SCCDance is committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable environment for the study and practice of Dance in which students, faculty, and staff may find a sense of belonging and community. Our wide range of programming reflects this commitment in action. Our robust guest artist program celebrates diverse artistic voices through residencies and conversations with artist-scholar-teachers, and we regularly invite companies and individuals to engage our community in current field-wide dialogues. For more information, visit TCU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion:

TCU SCCDance Mission: To develop educated dance artists prepared to become ethical professionals and leaders in the global dance community.

TCU College of Fine Arts Mission: To prepare the next generation of creative leaders in the arts and champion the value of the arts as essential for learning and living in a global society.

TCU Mission: To educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.

School/College Description:

The TCU College of Fine Arts is home to six academic units: the School of Art, the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance, the School of Music, the Department of Design, the Department of Fashion Merchandising, and the Department of Theatre. The college is comprised of approximately 1000 students and offers 33 undergraduate degree programs and 24 advanced degree programs to prepare the next generation of creative leaders in the arts. Students in the College of Fine Arts study with renowned professors and guest artists, annually present more than 350 public performances and display art, design, and research in juried exhibitions and competitions. The college also offers a minor and certificate in Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship and oversees two on-campus art galleries.

University & Fort Worth Description:


Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 302 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes seven schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the Burnett School of Medicine.

Currently, TCU enrolls more than 10,200 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students. Twenty-eight percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, five percent are international students, and forty-five percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members and is a top 100 National University as classified by US News and World Report and has a Carnegie Classification of R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity.

At TCU, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are an educational imperative directly tied to the University mission, vision, and strategic plan. Fulfilling TCU’s mission to develop ethical leaders and critical thinkers in a global community depends on the University’s ability to attract and retain students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. A diverse and inclusive campus leads to innovation, broadened perspective, and understanding—values that are foundational aspects of higher education. For the fourth consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with core values and creates a campus culture where everyone is respected and included.


Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth and TCU have grown together in a nearly 150-year relationship. You’ll find that many Horned Frogs remain here after graduation, thanks to the region’s thriving job market. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.

Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.

Required Application Materials & Application Instructions:

• Terminal degree or ten+ years of professional experience in dance
• Record of effective undergraduate teaching (5 years minimum)
• Experience in mentorship across various demographics and levels of students and faculty
• Experience representing and promoting Dance to other fields and constituencies within and beyond the university

• Terminal degree: MFA or PhD;
• Record of success in providing mentorship to faculty and students of all levels and ranks, especially those of underrepresented/underserved groups;
• Experience with related administrative responsibilities (budgets, records, reporting, programs, assessment);
• Success in working with and bringing together different areas and constituencies of Dance and Dance Studies;
• Experience in program-building or administrative roles through related positions or appointments (e.g. Associate Dean, Associate Chair, Department Chair, Program Director)
• Experience in producing, artistic direction, and/or program curation in Dance.

To apply, candidates should submit the following:
1. Cover letter including the following: teaching philosophy, leadership philosophy, research / creative activity. (3 pages maximum)
2. Curriculum vitae; links to website or professional activity
3. Statement of how you as a candidate could contribute to a diverse, ethical and inclusive culture, both within the SCCDance and greater TCU.
4. List of three references with contact information for each.

After the initial review of applications, candidates advancing to the second round of consideration may be asked to submit supporting materials (these may include evaluations, observations, evidence of effective leadership, and/or recommendation letters). All materials are to be submitted online.

Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Human Resources at or 817-257-7790. Other questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Suki John, Professor of Dance, at

AA/EEO Statement:

As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

TCU Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report Notice of Availability

Texas Christian University is committed to assisting all members of the campus community in providing for their own safety and security. TCU’s Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report is published in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This report includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The statements of policy contained within this report address institutional policies, procedures, and programs concerning campus security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, emergency notifications and timely warning of crimes, sexual and interpersonal violence, and personal safety at TCU. Additionally, this report outlines fire safety systems, policies and procedures for on-campus housing facilities, as well as residence hall fire statistics. 

The Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report can be found on the TCU Police Department website at, or a paper copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the TCU Police Department at 817-257-7930, or via email at

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