Barnard College, Columbia University
Assistant Professor of Africana/Black Dance Studies (Tenure-Track)


The Department of Dance at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor appointment in Dance Studies with a research and teaching focus on African, African-diasporic, and/or African-American dance. Other desirable areas of scholarship and teaching include feminist theory, post-colonial theory, and/or critical race studies. While we primarily seek a scholar dedicated to an active research agenda, we welcome applicants who also possess teaching expertise in any discipline of performance practice (dance technique, choreography, community art/activism, etc.) Candidate may join the faculty of the Columbia University Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in dance or related discipline at time of appointment (July 1, 2022), a distinguished record of scholarly publication or promise of such, proven capacity for teaching excellence at the college level, and ability and desire to perform service within the department, college, and university.

Founded in 1889, Barnard College is a private women’s liberal arts college affiliated with Columbia University. The Barnard College Department of Dance is the center for dance scholarship, research, and performance for all of Columbia University and as such, provides the artistic and academic programming to support majors, minors, and concentrations offered by the undergraduate divisions of the University (Barnard, Columbia College, School of General Studies, School of Engineering).

With this appointment, the College seeks to further its commitment to college-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, as well as faculty diversity, in accordance with its College-Wide Opportunity Hiring Initiative. We seek candidates whose backgrounds and life experiences bring additional perspectives and dimensions to the College.

To apply, see the full online application.

Applications must include the following:
1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Research Statement
4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
5. Sample Syllabus (actual or proposed, please specify)
6. Graduate School Transcript
7. Writing Sample (PDF of a dissertation/book chapter, a published scholarly article, etc.)

Applications must also include names and contact information for three professional references. The online application system will automatically prompt references to upload their letters directly to the system.

To receive full consideration, application materials must be received by August 1, 2021. Please include complete URLs wherever they appear in your application materials to avoid hyperlink corruption during the uploading process.

Please direct questions or nominations to [email protected]

Barnard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We especially encourage applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT people, people from diverse economic backgrounds, and individuals from other underrepresented groups.