Lecturer Below the Bar in Dance

Lecturer Below the Bar in Dance

Friday, 19 May 2017, 12.00pm

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance is seeking a Lecturer below the bar in Dance.

LOCATION: Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
REPORTS TO: Director, Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
CONTRACT TYPE: Tenure Track (five year fixed term).  During the term of the contract the successful applicant will have the opportunity to apply for tenure in accordance with the University’s Policy and Procedures for Granting Multi-annual Status to Entry-level Academic Staff
SALARY SCALE: €38,348 - €52,722 p.a. 

This position is subject to Garda Vetting and Foreign Police Clearance.  If you have resided in countries outside of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for a period of 6 months or more since the age of eighteen, it will be mandatory for you to furnish Foreign Police Clearance Certificates from those countries, stating that you have no convictions recorded against you while residing there. You will need to provide a separate Police Clearance Certificate for each country you have resided in. Please note; any costs incurred in this process will be borne by the candidate.

JOB DESCRIPTION
QUALIFICATIONS
• Doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) or equivalent in dance or a related discipline.

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:  
To contribute to the development of the Contemporary Dance pathway of the new BA Performing Arts programme, within the overall context and ethos of the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, University of Limerick.  Also, to contribute to postgraduate programmes and to the growing dance research community at the Academy. 

DESCRIPTION:
The BA Performing Arts is the most recent undergraduate programme initiated by the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Currently, there are five pathways within this programme, including a Contemporary Dance pathway. The Academy also offers thirteen taught MA programmes, a PhD research programme and a structured PhD Arts Practice. 

The Academy ethos reflects the deep connection between the creative arts of music and dance and their wider performative surround.  In the arts environment of the 21st century, there is a need for skilled and versatile individuals to engage, not only with traditional repertoire and performance contexts, but also with the evolution of art, through the creation of new and original work.  The BA Performing Arts recognises that in contemporary contexts, dancers not only need excellent performance skills to make a career, but also need a wide variety of vocational skills (educational, technological and business, among others) to ensure success in this competitive field. 

The aim of the programme is to support students in the development of movement skills appropriate to Contemporary Dance performance, as well as the skills to integrate a number of theoretical approaches to the study of dance performance, including studio, text and new media based research. This will progress their knowledge and understanding of this art form and its application in a range of contexts. To this end, the students will study with both UL faculty and guest tutors to achieve the following aims:

• To develop practical and theoretical skills, which will facilitate a competence in movement-based repertoires. In the first instance, this will include a specialisation in contemporary dance performance.
• To develop an understanding of this experiential process within the academic context of performance studies and other disciplinary fields.
• To develop the ability to articulate creative process through engagement with the tools and methodologies of performance studies and other related disciplinary fields and cultural practices, which support written engagement in a range of registers, including oral engagement and performative engagement.
• To develop tools that enable students to grow as professionals within the various contexts informed today by contemporary dance performance practice. 

The aim of the programme is to develop the student’s knowledge, intellectually, academically and practically, thereby providing for the possibility of both performance and non-performance-based career paths.  A wide range of contextual disciplines - such as performance studies, ethnomusicology, ethnochoreology, popular music and dance studies, historical musicology and cultural studies, among others - is an intrinsic part of the programme. The student also engages in vocational studies that are directly relevant to professional development.  

The BA Performing Arts has developed in close association with the MA Contemporary Dance Performance and will also share some programme content with the Irish Traditional Dance pathway of the BA Performing Arts.

Essential Criteria
• Doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in dance or a related discipline. 
• A demonstrable ability to contribute to research at the Academy.
• A proven track record of research in dance, demonstrated through published research (print publications, choreographies and/or recorded performances) and/or public performance.
• A proven track record of contemporary dance performance. The candidate will have a demonstrable interest in working within contexts that integrate a variety of dance traditions.
• A demonstrable ability to communicate effectively in an environment of innovation in teaching and learning practice.
• A demonstrable ability to coordinate administrative responsibilities relevant to an academic programme of study. 
• An ability to form strong academic and performance relationships across a wide range of interests at the Irish World Academy and the University of Limerick.
• A resonance with, and an ability to contribute to developing programmes at the Academy. 

Desirable Criteria
• Experience in performance practices that integrate movement traditions towards creative composition. 

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Published on 1 May 2017

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