Assistant Teaching Professor – Dance

Website University of Wisconsin

Recruitment Number 5408
Working Title Assistant Teaching Professor – Dance
Position Type Faculty/Instructional
Appointment Percentage 100% (50% redbook, 50% non-redbook)
Division/College College of Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities
Position Summary
We are looking for an innovative, versatile teacher and artist/scholar with depth and breadth of experience to lead and develop a new Dance Minor. We’re looking for someone who, through their specific experience and background, can contribute to the array of classes we can teach and the range of stories we can tell from the stage, adding to the diversity of our students and our region’s theatrical experiences.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre Dance, History, Improvisation, and Composition.  The successful candidate will mentor undergraduate students academically and artistically as well as stage choreographic and performance works for a varied production season. The department is particularly interested in applicants who can and will advance the university’s goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion. The programmatic ethos of integration of theatre and dance is important to our faculty and a central focus of this new position.

Description of College / Department / Program / Division / Unit
The Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, with 7 tenure track faculty and 4 instructional academic staff and approximately 80 undergraduate majors and minors, strives to put quality student education and support of all department members first. We are committed to enriching our educational and artistic environment and culture through diversity in our staff, students and faculty. We see the following as our strengths: a commitment to telling the story; a collaborative environment; the care and help we offer each other and our students; the emphasis we place on the student experience rather than ego; and our dedication to growth, learning, and trying new things. UWL and the Department of Theatre Arts support opportunities for a professional development of its faculty and staff.
Required Qualifications
MFA in Dance or an MA in Dance with significant teaching experience accepted.
Preferred Qualifications
MFA in Dance
Physical Demands
    • Have a high level of social interaction. They spend much of their workday working with dancers.
    • Come in close physical contact with dancers, such as when showing them how to position themselves or perform a specific move.
    • Repeat the same physical and mental activities.


Working conditions and environment
Theatre dance studio and classroom setting
Miscellaneous Information
Your benefits add an additional 40%+ to the overall financial package from the university.
Highlights include:
• excellent flexible health insurance with low co-pays and good coverage.
• paid holidays and sick days.
• sick leave may be converted at retirement to pay for health insurance post-work at UWL.
• after 5 years of employment, you become vested in our retirement system which ensures income post-career.
• benefits at UWL are highly competitive with local industry and some of the strongest in state and nation.
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Benefit eligibility is determined at point of hire. This information is provided for illustrative purposes only. Benefits are also pro-rated based on the appointment percentage.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

UW-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence.  We define Inclusive Excellence as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive.”   The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all.   UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience.  UW-La Crosse is a 2014 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-La Crosse is proud to be one of only 83 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest.  With a student population of approximately 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines and 26 graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education.  There are 502 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 86 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between.  Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America.  Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation.  Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of a small town living with larger city benefits.  Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports, and recreation.
UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives.  In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative, we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.

As a prospective UW-La Crosse employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of campus safety and security information (Clery Act) for this institution. You may review this information at

Employment will require a criminal background check.  A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction records.
Duties/Responsibilities<div>These are the job duties required for the position.</div>

Responsibility Statement Responsibilities Include
Duties to Support Responsibility
A typical teaching load will include a mix of studio and lecture courses. Regular teaching responsibilities include studio classes in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Musical Theatre Dance. Lecture based courses could include The History of Dance, Foundations of Dance and possibility of  First Year Seminar. They will also have a 3 credit reassignment for choreographing dance concerts or musicals in the production season.
Percentage Of Time 100
Essential Yes

Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions
Posting Date 11/10/2021
Close Date
Continuous Recruitment
Continuous Recruitment First Review Date 02/07/2022
Position Contact Name Joseph Anderson, MFA, Chair, Dept. Theatre Arts
Position Contact Email [email protected]

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