Interim Assistant Professor of Dance

Dance Department

The Dance Department of Cornish College of the Arts is accepting applications for a full-time Interim Assistant Professor of Dance. This a 1-year position, with the option of renewal for an additional year. The individual we seek will be focused on teaching with service at the department level in support of curriculum development and recruitment.

Founded in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle is one of only three arts colleges in the nation that offers baccalaureate degrees (BFA and BM) in both the performing and visual arts. It also offers multiple public programs and extension courses. One of the oldest arts and education institutions on the West Coast, the College has been at the center of the development of artistic life in Seattle for more than a century and its alumni can be found working in artistic circles around the globe. Our programs provide depth and breadth of training, freedom to experiment, and the space to develop a creative identity in collaboration with artists in other disciplines.

The mission of Cornish is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity, criticality, and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, criticism, participation in and discussion of the arts.

Cornish College of the Arts is a small arts college in downtown Seattle, where students are encouraged to maintain curiosity and an experimental approach to their practices. We pride ourselves for the dynamism of our community, and for our ongoing, continuous effort to create an inclusive place where diversity and equality can thrive. Our programs provide depth and breadth of training, freedom to experiment, and the space to develop a unique creative identity. Students develop healthy and sustainable practices necessary for working artists. Join this dynamic team and be a part of the growth and development of our talented students.

This position involves the following responsibilities in the areas of teaching and service to the college:


  • Teach a full-time course load (9 workload units according to the Cornish Collective Bargaining Agreement) per semester, across areas possibly including:
    • Embodied Practices:
      • Contemporary Techniques, Dance Making, Improvisation, Somatic practices
    • Dance Studies:
      • Dance History, Dance Professional Practices, Dance Writing & Critique
  • Advise and mentor students
  • Choreograph 1 to 2 pieces per year through the Cornish Dance Theater course


  • Attend weekly department meetings
  • Work with Core and Adjunct faculty to contribute to curriculum design
  • Contribute to the Annual Program Review process
  • Attend recruitment events to include teaching auditions and master classes, possibly including travel
  • Attend College-wide faculty development offerings and limited College-level service through Faculty Senate assignments
  • Other duties as needed by Dance Department


  • Engage in personal research, such as creative practice, scholarship, research or scholarship of teaching
  • As possible, provide collaborative research opportunities for students to be part of the creative scholarship practice

Essential Qualifications

  • MFA in Dance or BFA with substantial professional and teaching experience
  • Record of ongoing creative practices and related embodied scholarly research
  • A minimum of two years’ prior experience teaching dance in Higher Education in a full-time or part-time capacity
  • Effective collaborative, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to the student experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely and effectively with a diverse student body, faculty, and staff

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with collaborative curriculum development and collaborative teaching
  • Demonstrated potential to develop national standing within the profession
  • Administrative experience within an academic context
  • Experience with formal assessment of student learning outcomes
  • Experience working with students in transition (first-year and transfer)
  • Demonstrate a desire for developing and implementing interdisciplinary curriculum that reflects diversification and equity in dance practices.

Job Type: Full-time
Compensation: $57,242 – $61,095

Application Procedures

Qualified applicants are asked to submit the following materials:

  • A written Letter of Interest identifying why the position appeals to you and how your skills qualify you for this position

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy including how Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion factor into your teaching and thinking about curriculum design

  • Current CV, including references, and link to your professional website, if available

  • Cornish College of the Arts Employment Application

  • Send these written (.pdf) components to

  • Deadline to submit applications: May 24, 2024

Equal Opportunity Statement

We believe that diversity refers to a number of human qualities and characteristics. National origin, race, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities are characteristics that combine in unique ways, forming the multiple identities we all hold. Those diverse characteristics contribute positively to the environment of Cornish and to an education that accurately reflects and contributes to the complex interplay of art, culture and society.

We hold ourselves responsible to fulfill the mission of Cornish by preparing students “to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators,” and believe that the mission is best served by actively cultivating a positive environment in which to explore and express the diverse perspectives of a pluralistic society.

Cornish College of the Arts operates under a Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated with the Cornish Federation of Teachers (CFT). All faculty compensation placement abides by the salary scale negotiated with the CFT. Faculty participate in College governance via the Faculty Senate.

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