Lecturer AY - Dance Studies Lecturer

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Work type: Instructional Faculty - Temporary/Lecturer
Location: Channel Islands
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Temporary, Part Time

Program: Dance Studies
Rank:  Lecturer Faculty
Title:   Part-Time Dance Studies Lecturer

About the University:

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002 as the newest campus in the California State University system. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into one of the premier public universities, not only in the California State University system, but also in the nation. Indeed, U.S. News & World Report listed CSUCI as 29th among “Regional Universities West” in its 2023 edition of Best Colleges Rankings. In 2023, CollegeNET ranked CSUCI 71st out of over 1,400 schools in its “Social Mobility Index.” In 2020, Money Magazine rated CSUCI as the 15th “Most Transformative College” in the nation.

CSUCI is a public comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The University is located in Ventura County and is home to more than 4,959 undergraduate and 168 graduate students. Approximately 48% of CSUCI’s students are Pell Grant eligible, and approximately 60% are first-generation college students. CSUCI is also proud to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with 61% of its undergraduate students self-identifying as Latinx, 23% as White, 6% as Asian/Asian American, 4% as multiracial, and 2% as Black/African American. In 2022, CSUCI was among the first institutions to be recertified with Excelencia in Education’s "Seal of Excelencia” for its facilitation of Latinx student success.

CSUCI is committed to diversifying its faculty in order to address students’ ever-changing needs in the 21st century. The University is also taking steps to confront racism and to advocate for social justice. To this end, CSUCI encourages applicants to apply who are motivated to serve and contribute to the university’s tenure-track body, which self-identifies as 54% White, 24% Latinx, 11% Asian/Asian American, and 4% Black/African America.

Diversity Statement: 

CSUCI is committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to furthering inclusive excellence in our campus community. We seek to enhance our diverse University population by welcoming people from all backgrounds, and by working to sustain an environment where colleagues can not only work and learn, but also create and thrive.

CSUCI Mission Statement:

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

CSUCI’s Commitment to You:

CSUCI is committed to helping newly hired faculty develop a sense of belonging in a collaborative and supportive community dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for establishing and sustaining a research agenda and engaging in continuous improvement in equitable teaching and learning.

About the Program: 

The Dance Studies program at CSU Channel Islands centers on dance and movement as the embodied understanding of the human experience. Dance is where bodies--both individual and communal--find deeper connection to communities, social ideas, a complex global world, and human subjectivity. Throughout their journey at CI, regardless of ability or previous access, students will connect dance to heritage, history, and social structures, preparing them to be mindful citizens and dance artists, creating a more equitable world in the twenty-first century.

The Dance Studies Major prepares students to find their own creative identities by harnessing their knowledge of bodies, cultures, and global awareness, to work in the interconnected spheres of Hollywood, Broadway, concert dance, digital platforms, education, community organizing, arts activism, dance making, somatic practice, dance therapy, social work, arts administration, and to embrace the joy of dancing.

About the Position: 

This is a part-time faculty pool for available assignments during the academic year. Applications are considered throughout the year and reviewed based on Dance Studies Program need. Here is a current list of courses taught within the Dance Studies program. People with expertise and ability within and beyond the current course offerings are encouraged to apply. Your application status will be updated throughout the review process. If your application is still in progress, your application has not been reviewed by the hiring department. Should a review of your application result in the intent to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone for an interview.

For AY 24-25, we are specifically looking for someone for 

  • Understanding Dance and Music for Elementary Educators

  • Dance Making

  • Modern/Contemporary Dance

  • Teaching Dance

Minimum Degree Requirements:

M.A., M.F.A., PhD., professional, or cultural proficiency. Degree requirements can vary depending on courses taught. 

Required Qualifications:

  • 1+ years teaching dance practice, dance performance, dance making, critical dance studies, and/or dance theory. All cultures, genres, styles, and actualizations of dance/movement practices are welcome and encouraged to apply.

  • Current knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency and experience in dance studies and/or various dance practices. 

  • Demonstrated experience in dance performance, dance making, dance education, and/or an interdisciplinary practice with dance. 

  • Innovative approaches to dance pedagogy and practice reflecting the rapidly expanding and evolving field of dance studies. 

  • Highly effective interpersonal skills  

  • Applicants must speak in their submitted materials to the following student learning outcomes:

    • Develop an embodied practice for lifelong engagement with dance as a function of education, community, cultural knowledge, social justice, equity, history, ritual, and performance.

    • Analyze dance as a continually evolving form acknowledging the origins, contributions, and confluences of world diasporas, the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, and how race and racism, class, gender, sexuality, religion, spirituality, national origin, immigration status, ability, tribal citizenship, sovereignty, language, age, economics, and/or technology have shaped the way people move.

  • Applicants with decolonial approaches to dance pedagogy and dance making will be given preference.

  • Applicants should demonstrate the commitment to effectively work with and engage a diverse student population and evidence of how they would successfully mentor minoritized students with special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian, and Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander students. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two + years teaching dance in higher education

  • Recognized extensive participation in their respective dance practice, creative activities, and/or scholarship

  • Highly effective oral, written, digital communication skills, including the ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information.

  • Demonstrated culturally-relevant, responsive and sustaining pedagogy in their syllabi, curriculum, and interactions with students, faculty, staff, and/or community members who span a diverse range of languages, nationalities, ethnicities, socio-economic levels, ages, identities, abilities and/or educational experiences.

  • Those with expertise outside the current course offerings such as Folklorico, West African, Martial Arts, Bharat Natyam, Flamenco, Butoh, social/vernacular dances of the Americas, please apply. We need instructors for the DANCE 359 Themes in Dance Studies course.

  • Teach one or more face-to-face, synchronous online, or asynchronous online Dance Studies Courses https://performingarts.csuci.edu/programs/dance-studies.htm

  • Use subject-matter expertise to impart knowledge and critical thinking skills to students 

  • Stay current regarding the professional body of knowledge in field of practice 

  • Design syllabus and curriculum as assigned 

  • Communicate expectations to students 

  • Prepare and deliver course materials 

  • Evaluate student learning and growth and assign grades 

  • Design interactive and motivational activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning 

  • Update course materials periodically, and regularly monitor course evaluations in order to make adjustments and improvements to the curriculum 

  • Respond to student needs and questions 

  • Create an environment in which students of diverse backgrounds are supported to succeed 

  • Apply technology and leverage resources appropriately to enhance the curriculum (e.g. use Canvas or make arrangements for guest

  • Handle mechanics of position according to deadlines. Understand how to use the computer, texts, A/V, grade submission, etc.

Application Deadline: 

Screening of applications will begin July 8, 2024. Priority will be given to applicants who submit applications prior to the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Applicants must submit the following materials: 

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume 

  • Cover Letter

  • A statement describing your experience mentoring and/or working with minoritized students with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander and American Indian students, and

  • A teaching philosophy describing how you plan to engage and interact with students, with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, and American Indian students.
    • Please consider how you actualize the following Programmatic Dance Studies SLOs in your Teaching Philosophy:
    • Develop an embodied practice for lifelong engagement with dance as a function of education, community, cultural knowledge, social justice, equity, history, ritual, and performance.

    • Analyze dance as a continually evolving form acknowledging the origins, contributions, and confluences of world diasporas, the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, and how race and racism, class, gender, sexuality, religion, spirituality, national origin, immigration status, ability, tribal citizenship, sovereignty, language, age, economics, and/or technology have shaped the way people move.

  • Links to a personal online portfolio or links of creative work.

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

Submit all required materials to the CSUCI Careers application web address below:


California State University Lecturer Salary (Academic Year) Schedules can be found at

Placement into a range is based on qualifications and experience. Initial assignments are typically at the bottom third of the salary range. The full-time (15 units per semester) monthly base salaries indicated in the schedules above are prorated to the number of units worked and are paid in six monthly payments for each full semester.

The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

General Information:

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

The person holding this position may be 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 as a condition of employment.

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 the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

CSUCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096.

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Faculty Affairs at academicpersonnel@csuci.edu.  


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