Vacancy | Assistant professor or associate professor of dance | University of Southern Denmark. Application deadline: March 15, 2020

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The Research Unit of Movement, Culture and Society (MoCS) at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, located at the University of Southern Denmark, Campus Odense, invites applications for an outstanding scholar to be appointed as assistant professor or associate professor of dance.

MoCS’ research activities span across the humanities and social sciences. Movement is at the heart of the unit’s work focusing on experiential, bodily, emotional, cultural and social aspects of movement. Thus, the unit´s research ranges from phenomenological analyses of movement practices (for example parkour, yoga, community dance and improvisational practices) to analyses of different sub-cultures of physical activity and their organization. Staff-members are part of several international research networks in the fields of phenomenology, sports philosophy, cultural analysis, and sociology.

Applicants must hold a PhD-degree with relevance for dance practices. Applicants with an interest in, and documented experience from any or all of the following will be prioritized:

      • A background in different kinds and forms of dance practice, artistic performance and/or contemporary circus.
      • Critical social and cultural approaches towards dance, performance and related modes of practice.
      • A background in handling interdisciplinary challenges of using practice-based research for phenomenological informed analyses.
      • Dance practices – and embodied and extended cognition.
      • Documented experience from publishing in international journals.
      • A strong record of teaching and mentoring in the field of dance or a related form of movement practices.

Potential applicants will be expected to teach and supervise student projects in the programs offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences with a focus on both the undergraduate and the Master programs at the Department of Sports Sciences and Clinical Biomechanics. Undergraduate programs include different dance practices.

The Assistant professor/Associate professor will be responsible for one or two of these programs. Accordingly, a strong teaching portfolio in different dance practices, including for example community dance, Laban, creative dance activities and social dance forms, will be valued. The teaching languages are Danish and/or English.

Applicants with a strong passion and prior experience from being part of university programs resembling the profile of Movement, Culture and Society are encouraged to apply. As Assistant professor/Associate professor, he or she will be expected to help form the future strategies for dance research at the department and to take an active part in the activities and research projects lead by MoCS.

As a starting point, full-time positions at the level of Assistant professor/Associate professor will be expected to teach around 40%. External funding can be used towards increased time for research.

We expect the successful applicant to start as soon as possible.

Further information can be obtained from the head of the research unit, Associate Professor Susanne Ravn on tel. +45 6550 3468, e-mail:   or from the head of the department Jørgen Povlsen, tel. +45 6550 3451, e-mail:

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be informed of their own assessment by the university.

Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

Applications – including the required attachments – must be sent via the below-mentioned link “Apply online”. Only online applications will be accepted. Attached files must be Adobe PDF or Word format. Each field in the application form can contain up to max. 10 Mb.

The application must contain (as pdf.- or docx.-files):

      • a motivation letter;
      • a detailed CV;
      • degree certificates (inclusive of Ph.D.-diploma)
      • a complete and numbered list of publications;
      • 3 (assistant professor), 6 (associate professor) scientific peer-reviewed publications and/or performances considered by the applicant to the most important for this position. Please notice that one pdf.- or docx.-file must be attached for each publication and/or a link for each performance;
      • a teaching portfolio detailing the candidate’s prior teaching experience, teaching skills, and teaching philosophy;
      • a research plan detailing the candidate’s ideas and plans for her/his future research work.

Incomplete applications with regard to the above-mentioned requirements will not be assessed.

Applications may be shortlisted.

For further particulars concerning the application – please see the link below.

We value diversity and welcome applicants with different professional backgrounds and nationalities.

How to apply

Apply here


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