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California State University, Fullerton is a large, comprehensive, urban university with more than 4,100 full-and part-time faculty and staff members, and a diverse student body of 40,235 enrolled in Fall 2016. The university offers a broad spectrum of degree programs in liberal arts and sciences as well as applied and professional fields with 57 at the baccalaureate level and 52 graduate programs including a doctorate in education and doctor of nursing practice. Learning is preeminent at Cal State Fullerton. We combine the best qualities of teaching and research universities where actively engaged students, faculty and staff work in close collaborations to expand knowledge. Research and other creative activities are enhanced by the proximity of the campus to nationally recognized business, cultural, and educational institutions. Faculty members were awarded more than $21.4 million in grants and contracts for research and scholarly activities in 2015-16. The university has a longstanding tradition of collegial governance. Cal State Fullerton is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. CSUF is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (the only one in Orange County) and an Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution. We are ranked 6th in the nation in terms of baccalaureate degrees awarded to minorities. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State Fullerton is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, disability or Veteran's status or other personal characteristics or beliefs.


The Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of the Arts at California State University, Fullerton invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Dance with appointment starting in Fall 2019.  The Department strives to further CSUF’s identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research, and service that they can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community.

The Department of Theatre & Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts in Dance for students seeking a broad and rich background in both theory and practice.  The program serves approximately 100 dance majors, with 4 full-time and 7 part-time faculty members.  In addition, the dance program offers numerous general education experiences to thousands of CSUF students each semester.  The dance curriculum includes intensive training in modern/contemporary dance, ballet, and dance composition; complemented by improvisation, dance history, kinesiology, dance pedagogy, and diverse performing experiences.  The dance program is integrated with the theatre production program and produces two main-stage productions a year in addition to several smaller studio productions.  The dance program actively participates with the American College Dance Festival and has been selected to perform in the Gala Concerts and received honors at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Cal State Fullerton Department of Theatre and Dance is fully accredited by National Association of Schools of Dance and the National Association of Schools of Theatre and is a member of University Resident Theater Association and United States Institute for Theatre Technology.  For more information about the department, please visit:

The primary professional responsibilities of this instructional faculty member are: teaching all levels of ballet technique (beginning, intermediate, advanced) that is based on sound anatomical and wellness principles coupled with a value of diverse aesthetics and teach courses in dance history/criticism and/or K-12 dance education. These responsibilities generally include: participation in department, college, university, and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute and collaborate regarding department curriculum, policy and practice, as well as pursue scholarly/creative and service activities. Other duties could include teaching dance composition, Pilates/dance conditioning, somatic practices, yoga, modern technique, and jazz technique, and choreographing for dance concerts, which is strongly encouraged but not required. Positive tenure and promotion decisions require the successful candidate to have excellent teaching skills coupled with substantial service to the department, college, university, and external community.

Minimum Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Appointment Date:
August 2019

Rank & Salary:
This position is at the rank of Assistant Professor, tenure-track. Salary is competitive and commensurate to rank, experience and qualifications.  Periodic salary adjustments are enacted by the state legislature.  Moving expenses, start-up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available, includes health/vision/dental plans, spousal, domestic partner and/or dependent fee-waiver, access to campus child-care, defined-benefit retirement through the state system, along with optional tax-sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, go to

Application Procedure
A complete online application must be submitted in order to receive consideration. To apply, please go to: to view all job listings and select 10560BR to begin the application process and provide following materials:

Applicants will submit:

Please Note: During the application review process the search committee may request additional documentation of previous academic and professional work. Do not send additional materials until requested to do so. The finalists for the position will be contacted and are required to submit:

  1. Samples of choreographic work and/or essays, articles, publications
  2. Three current letters of recommendation (see instructions below)

On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three references who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application.  They will immediately receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter.  You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back in to the recruitment system.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dale A. Merrill, Dean, College of the Arts at, with the subject line “Dance Search” or call 657-278-3256.

Application Deadline:
Review of applications will begin immediately.  All applications received by November 5, 2018, are assured full consideration.  Position will remain open until filled.  Multiple positions maybe hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

California State University Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. EEO employer. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

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 Last Published 4/5/19