The Department of Dance, in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a teaching stream contractually limited appointment in Popular Dance at the rank of Sessional Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream to commence July 1, 2022 for a three-year term. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and MFA graduate courses and to provide support in the departmentís initiatives to enhance teaching and learning in our physical practice courses through pedagogical innovation and curricular and departmental development. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A PhD in Dance or a related field or PhD equivalent such as an MFA with a substantial record of professional experience in Popular Dance is required.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence or clear potential for excellence in teaching university-level courses through the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education, technology enhanced learning and community-based learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will also have a strong commitment to pedagogy focused on student satisfaction and success. Our ideal candidate will incorporate current theoretical and practice-based frames of references to train the dance-artist of today and tomorrow, with an emphasis on equity and inclusion. We are particularly interested in artists who have significant experience working with IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour) dance artists and groups, and who can contribute to the diverse perspective among our faculty. They will demonstrate rigorous, professional, safe, and healthy practice of dance in our BFA and MFA programs. The successful candidate is an active dance artist with professional experience in the specific areas of popular dance teaching, creation, performance, and/or related complementary fields. The candidate should have depth of physical training and choreographic experience in a popular dance form that has a global appeal and relevance, such as hip hop, jazz, ballroom dancing, and other forms related to decolonial practices, etc. Ideally, this candidate will contribute expertise to our contemporary and global dance areas.

As a Department within the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, we further welcome a candidate who has additional expertise in enhanced digital and technological learning which is fast changing the opportunities for growth in the field of dance. Experience with curriculum development and universal design approaches to teaching and assessment is preferred. The successful candidate is also expected to provide evidence of service contributions or potential to contribute to service in administrative and committee work.

We acknowledge that within higher education in Canada, traditional or conventional academic and artistic pathways can reinforce biases in the filling of faculty posts. We encourage applications that may not fit all of the qualifications and that challenge our ideas of teaching, scholarship, research, and artistic practice of which we may be unconscious. We are particularly interested in colleagues who bring experience in facilitating equity, diversity and inclusion practices within their teaching, curricular development, and choreographic productions.

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future. York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Patrick Alcedo, Chair of the Search Committee at

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Indigenous people and persons with disabilities, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York Universityís Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous Peoples in Canada will be given priority. Temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply per the provisions of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) or citizens of Chile may apply per the provisions of the Canada Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA). No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is December 1, 2021. Applicants should submit a signed letter of application outlining professional experience, an up‐to‐date curriculum vitae and a teaching dossier which supports excellence and innovation in teaching [i.e., sample course outlines, teaching reviews, and workshop and professional development programs attended or led] and arrange for three signed confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to Professor Patrick Alcedo, Chair of the Search Committee. Referees should provide strong letters of reference and be advised to address the candidateís qualifications and experience in relation to the position. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the nature of the interview will be flexible to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in the search.