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Department of Theatre and Dance

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Instructor of Ballet - Distinguished Artist in Residence - Fall 2017

The Dance Program within the Department of Theatre and Dance invites applications for a non-tenure track, Instructor of Dance appointment to begin in August 2017. Responsibilities of the position include teaching ballet technique, pointe, restaging and/or choreographing original works for dance program productions, and attending program and department faculty meetings. Additional responsibilities may include teaching one or more of the following: improvisation and composition, choreography, dance pedagogy, contemporary dance practices based upon expertise, and/or supervising student creative/research projects. This is a nine-month, annual appointment contingent upon satisfactory performance, departmental needs, and the availability of funding. The teaching load will be either four courses per semester or nine credit hours per semester, and the salary is $42,000.  

Candidates should have a national/international profile, extensive experience as a performing artist, significant record of teaching in the field, extensive training and experience in the area of ballet, and a substantial background in staging repertory. An M.A. or M.F.A. in Dance is preferred. Prior teaching experience at the collegiate level is preferred.

Position begins in August 2017. Review of applications will begin on June 26, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. To apply please send a letter of application, philosophy of teaching that does not exceed two pages, and curriculum vitae that include the addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for three current references. Materials should be sent to the attention of:

Dr. Stephanie Milling
Search Committee Chair
Department of Theatre and Dance
1300 Greene St.
Columbia, SC, 29208


Candidates should be prepared to provide web links of staged and/or choreographed works as well as 3 confidential letters of recommendation.

Applicants must also apply directly to the University of South Carolina’s Division of Human Resources Employment Website at

About the Dance Program
The University of South Carolina Dance Program is part of the Department of Theatre and Dance within the College of Arts and Sciences. The BA Degree in Dance includes an emphasis in Performance/Choreography and Dance Education. Annual performances include 4 main stage and two student-choreographed showcases. The Dance Program serves 85 majors and 40 minors and offers over 65 courses in dance that span the breadth of the discipline. The USC Dance Program maintains a national reputation for its strong training in ballet and was recently accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.

About the University of SC
The University of South Carolina is home to more than 200 years of history and tradition, rising from a single building in 1805 on what would become the heart of the campus, the Horseshoe. The 11 buildings that now make up the Horseshoe frame a lush lawn that is an irresistible gathering place. The University is expanding west toward the Congaree River in support of its research initiatives in nanotechnology, health sciences, Future Fuels™, the environment, and information and knowledge technologies. Three separate sites, each specializing in its own research area, will comprise this new innovation district, called Innovista. It will initially cover 500,000 square feet spread over about six city blocks but is projected to grow to five million square feet, mixing University and private research buildings, parking garages, and commercial and residential units around a public plaza called. The University Columbia campus has a student population of 27, 272 students with 1,620 faculty and over 350 degree programs.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.