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Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance and Director of the Helen McGehee Visiting Artist Program in Dance

Randolph College, founded in 1891 as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, is a traditional small liberal arts college with a longstanding reputation for excellence in teaching located in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Randolph College was recognized as one of the nation’s “best and most interesting” institutions in the 2023 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges and was ranked 12th in the nation for “most accessible professors” by the Princeton Review.

Randolph College is notable for its innovative curriculum model, TAKE2. Students enroll in coursework over four 7-week sessions in an academic year, allowing students to sharpen their focus with immersive learning, gain life balance with a more flexible schedule, and most importantly, thrive within a supportive, student-centered environment.

The dance program at Randolph College has a long and rich history dating back almost a century. Since its founding in 1927 by Eleanor Struppa (class of 1920) and its continued growth under the leadership of Helen McGehee (class of 1942), the dance program is now a member discipline in the Department of Performing Arts, which also houses the music and theatre programs.

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance and Director of the Helen McGehee Visiting Artist Program in Dance

Department:  Performing Arts

FLSA Status:  Full-time, Exempt (one-year appointment, renewable)

Job Summary: The position responsibilities include teaching contemporary dance technique classes (elementary and combined intermediate/advanced), choreography, and courses serving the broader campus population including:

  • Introduction to Dance
  • Dance from Stage to Screen
  • History of Dance

Additionally, this instructor will choreograph and/or stage repertory for annual performances, including the musical and the spring dance concert. The department is especially interested in candidates who have experience teaching additional styles including hip-hop, dance of non-Western cultures such as African and Afro-diasporic dance traditions, musical theatre dance, and/or jazz.

In addition to carrying a 3-3 teaching load, the appointee will also have primary responsibility for curation and administration of the Helen McGehee Visiting Artist Program in Dance, which brings artists to campus to teach, choreograph, and perform for the benefit of the entire college community.

The candidate will play an active role in the development of the Department of Performing Arts, and work creatively and collaboratively with faculty colleagues to develop cross-disciplinary programming, interdisciplinary opportunities, and recruitment strategies to adapt to the evolving needs of our student population. We seek a candidate with culturally responsive and innovative pedagogical approaches and broad perspective on the role of the arts within a liberal arts institution.


MFA preferred. Candidates with BFA/BA and exceptional training and experience in the professional dance world will be considered.

Candidates should have experience teaching contemporary dance technique from fundamental through advanced levels in a college or university setting, and be able to communicate understanding of the role of dance in a liberal arts curriculum and environment.

Evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction.

Evidence of professional activity and/or scholarship in the discipline of dance.

Articulation of regard for social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in an academic setting, all with respect to race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities.

The anticipated start date is August 1, 2023.

Application review will begin on December 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Candidates chosen to be interviewed will be contacted by email.

To apply, please send the following materials in a single PDF document:

  • A cover letter addressing position responsibilities and qualifications
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A statement of teaching philosophy
  • A statement highlighting your perspectives and experiences related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Links to two videos of candidate choreography
  • Names and contact information of three professional references

Materials should be sent to (electronic submissions only).

EEO Statement: Randolph College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College.

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