Job Advert: Curator for the Cross Cultural Dance Resources Collection

Clinical Assistant Professor of Dance Collections and Ethnochoreology – School of Film, Dance and Theatre
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
at Arizona State University seeks a scholar/researcher/archivist to act as Curator for the
Cross Cultural Dance Resources Collection and to teach courses in research methods
and related fields. This position is a full-time non-tenure-track appointment at the clinical
assistant professor level beginning fall 2015.

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an
unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad
access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four
differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and
environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world
application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU
serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth
largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students
from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and
arts school in the nation at a research university, is a vibrant example of the of the New
American University philosophy. With 4,700 students, more than 675 faculty and faculty
associates, 135 degrees and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute
is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The
institute includes the School of Art; School of Arts, Media + Engineering; The Design
School; School of Film, Dance and Theatre; School of Music; and the ASU Art Museum.
Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming
society and solving complex problems, the Herberger Institute is committed to placing
artists and designers at the center of public life.

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre is a collaborative community of artists, scholars,
students, faculty and staff. Through inventive curricula and innovative programming, we
are paving the way to the future of film, dance, and theatre. At the center of our
philosophy are the four “Cs”: creativity, community, collaboration and collegiality. We
build on these core values in our classrooms and studios, research endeavors, public
programming and community engagement. Each year we present a season of
productions that push the boundaries of contemporary theatre and dance and an annual
student film festival that highlights the best emerging talent in digital film and media

Facilities include two film and media production teaching studios, high definition and
digital video equipment, three editing labs, a sound editing lab, the 482-seat Galvin
Playhouse with adjacent scene, costume, and lighting shops, the 250-seat Margaret
Gisolo Dance Studio, the 162-seat Lyceum Theatre, the flexible Prism Theatre, and six
classroom/rehearsal studios with marley floors.

With over 400 undergraduate film majors, over 250 undergraduate theatre majors, 100
undergraduate dance majors and over 50 graduate theatre students, the School of Film, Dance and Theatre is a dynamic teaching, learning, and discovery environment in which
production and curriculum are mutually supportive.

The Cross-Cultural Dance Resources (CCDR) Collections at the Herberger Institute
School of Film, Dance and Theatre stands as a monument to the study of dance in
cultural contexts and is particularly strong in the allied fields of dance ethnology,
including: ethnochoreology, ethnomusicology, dance notation, anthropology, religious
studies, sociology, area studies, and more. The uniqueness of the Collections is only
further augmented by virtue of its diversity: equal parts library, archives, and museum
(including hundreds of objects of material cultures, such as: costumes, musical
instruments, and dolls). Central to its key archival holdings are the collected resources of
Eleanor King and Gertrude Prokosch Kurath, enhanced by the personal archives of
Joann Keali‘inohomoku and Elsie Ivancich Dunin.

The successful candidate will, in collaboration with faculty in the dance and performance
studies areas, manage the Cross-Cultural Dance Collections of the School of Film,
Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University. The faculty member in this position is
also responsible for planning and coordinating the cataloging, access, preservation, and
automation of the CCDR Collections. Other duties involve developing new projects for
the use of and access to instructional and research resources related to the CCDR
Collections, teaching classes on research methods and/or ethnochoreology/dance
ethnography, and providing research assistance and resources to scholars in the use of
the collections.

Required Qualifications:
MA or MFA in Dance, or related area and/or PhD in Performance Studies,
Ethnochoreology, or related area. Demonstrated experience in managing performing
arts collections including familiarity with quality and preservation, as well as the ability to
apply new digital technologies to the development of instructional, study and research
methods in Dance and in other academic disciplines.

Desired Qualifications:
Masters of Library Sciences or other certification in library sciences, archives, or
collections. College teaching experience, particularly in the areas of research methods,
ethnography, ethnochoreology. Demonstrated experience in the curation or organization
of activities including, but not limited to, colloquia, exhibitions, panels, conferences,
and/or performances. Demonstrated experience in grantwriting and cultivation of other
resources for collections and archives. Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively
with others in teaching and/or research capacities. Evidence of excellent organizational
skills. Knowledge of languages, movement practices, and other information related to
the Southwest United States region.

Instructions to Apply:
Please submit a letter of interest, addressing creative research, teaching and work
experience. Include curriculum vita with the name and contacts of three (3) references.
Applications by email are preferred. Submit all materials to: Applications sent via mail must be addressed to:

School of Film, Dance and Theatre
Chair, Collections Search Committee
c/o Elizabeth Olson
PO Box 872002
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-2002

Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your materials

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 11:59pm (MST), December 15th,
2014; if not filled, reviews will occur every two weeks thereafter until search is closed.
ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal
background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered
without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran
status, or any other basis protected by law. See ASU’s complete non-discrimination
statement at See ASU’s Title IX policy at