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Job Opening: School of Dance Chairperson

Published October 22, 2014

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The School of Dance


Chairperson responsibilities include:  providing collaborative leadership for 20 collegial faculty members, a dozen staff members, and 120 dance majors (graduate & undergraduate); working with capable and committed university administrators, alumni, and community groups to secure resources for School of Dance programs; and enhancing awareness of and support for the School of Dance within the local, regional, and national communities. The chair oversees the office staff and the directors of the School of Dance programs and reports to the Dean of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience.


The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in and dedication to the field of dance and arts administration, preferably in a research university.  A terminal degree and qualification for appointment at the associate professor level or higher are preferred, but applicants with equivalent professional experience may be considered.  We are seeking a leader who will thrive on facilitating faculty and staff efforts to provide exceptional training for developing dance artists and scholars in a nurturing environment that embraces a strong work ethic.  The chair will have significant teaching and mentoring experience and be able to discern and develop synergies in ongoing and new initiatives in ways that enhance clarity of purpose while maintaining diversity and balance in personnel and programming.  The chair advocates for the faculty and promotes professional development in research and creative investigations.

Other Information

The Florida State University School of Dance seeks an insightful leader and collaborative faculty advocate to provide a shared vision within our well-established and highly productive dance-training program.  With an eighty-year history and exceptional leadership, the School of Dance pioneered the conservatory within the university model of dance education.  Our program continues to be nationally regarded and hailed as a “gem in the crown” of Florida State University.  Situated within a top ranked research university, the School of Dance offers three degrees (BFA, MA, & MFA)  and sponsors expansive opportunities for student and faculty research and creative endeavors.  Faculty, students, and guest artist make and perform dances in superb facilities that include seven dance studios, proscenium and black-box theaters, audio, video, photography and digital media studios and labs, a dance conditioning studio, and technology enhanced classrooms.  The School houses the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) and offers satellite programs in New York City, Paris, France, and Valencia, Spain for our Tallahassee based dance majors.  Current and emerging foci include programs in the dance sciences, digital media technology, and advanced studies in dance history and theory.

FSU School of Dance 
FSU Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography

Contact Info

Dr. Thomas Welsh @
Day time messages:  850.644.1024
Evenings:  850.580.1004

Anticipated Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and all education details even if attaching a resume.

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