Requisition ID:  29413

Lecturer, Division of Dance

Job Summary

Purdue University seeks a highly-motivated individual for a full-time Lecturer in Dance to begin fall 2024. The primary responsibilities of this position are to teach a full-time load each semester, participate in departmental service, demonstrate a commitment to professional growth, advise students, and contribute original choreography to the program’s dance concerts. The successful candidate may be asked to develop curricula in her or his area of specialization for undergraduate dance courses within an evolving Dance program. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Candidates should be prepared to teach a variety of movement courses which may include beginning to advanced levels of decolonized jazz technique, beginning to advanced levels of hip-hop, commercial/entertainment dance forms, and other non-Eurocentric dance forms.  
The ideal candidate will also have expertise in at least two additional technique areas including but not limited to African Diasporic forms, somatic movement practices, modern, ballet, tap, and/or musical theatre. 
A teaching load may include teaching courses from the program curriculum including history, choreography, and improvisation.  
The person in this position: 

•    Works closely with the Dance program faculty assisting with administrative duties and recruitment activities.  
•    Evaluates instruction and learning by means of written, verbal, practical, and/or performance tests.  
•    Creates and executes original choreography for selected department productions.  
•    Mentors students as performers, choreographers, and designers, in assigned productions.  


•    M.F.A. in dance completed by the date of employment is preferred.  
•    Three years of experience teaching students in a collegiate/university setting is preferred.  
•    Expertise and ability to teach all levels of decolonized jazz technique and hip hop. 
•    Expertise in commercial/entertainment dance forms and other non-Eurocentric dance forms.  
•    Expertise in at least two other areas including but not limited to African Diasporic forms, somatic movement practices, modern, ballet, tap, and/or musical theatre. 


Our mission in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance Division of Dance is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the art of dance, and in doing so, to give them the opportunity to develop their individual expressive voice within this form. In collaboration with their students, faculty in this program conduct research in choreography, performance and related interdisciplinary and somatic arts. Students may choose to pursue a minor in modern dance or may select courses to fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. In addition to contributing to the diversity of learning for the Purdue community, we enhance cultural life in the Greater Lafayette region. 
The Division of Dance offers courses in dance technique, choreography, history, film making, intermedia technology, improvisation, and performance. Classes are taught in two 2400 sq. ft. dance studios with sprung wood floors, and all modern technique classes feature live musical accompaniment. One studio converts into a 100-seat black box theater, which houses a variety of productions, including the student-produced XSeries concerts as well as the choreography, intermedia technology, and film performances each semester. The Division of Dance puts on numerous exhibits and performances, including the Purdue Contemporary Dance Company biannual concerts, as well as experimental dance concerts featuring our faculty's research. These concerts highlight special areas of emphasis in dance for the camera, interactive technology, and improvisational performance in choreography and performance. 



The Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance, one of ten departments/schools in the College of Liberal Arts, includes the Departments of Art and Design, Theatre, Music, along with the Divisions of Film and Video, and Dance. The Rueff School has over 854 undergraduate majors, 55 graduate students, and 60 continuing faculty. To learn more, visit: 


Candidates should submit application materials electronically via The job requisition ID number for this position is 29413.


A complete application includes letter of application, video teaching a full advanced jazz or hip-hop dance technique class, video of three different choreographed group works created in the last three years, resume/CV, and three references including email and contact information.
Preferential deadline is February 15, 2024, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 
A background check is required for employment in this position. 


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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