Sessional Instructors Wanted

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Sessional Instructors Wanted

University of Calgary

Application deadline: May 17, 2024


The School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), Division of Dance invites applications for Sessional Instructors to teach the following courses in the Fall 2024 and Winter 2025.

Applications are invited to teach the following courses in the Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 sessions for the Division of Dance, School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA). Lectures for the Fall 2024 term run from September 3 to December 6, 2024, and lectures for the Winter 2025 term run from January 13 to April 11, 2025. Please see the academic schedule for additional important dates and deadlines.



Fall 2024

DNCE 405/505: Intermediate Contemporary Dance / Advanced Contemporary Dance

Course dates: September 3 – December 6, 2024, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 12 noon – 1:50pm
Course description: Further intermediate study of the techniques of contemporary dance. Advanced study of the techniques of contemporary dance.

Winter 2025

DNCE 431: Creative Process III: Choreography

Course dates: January 13 – April 11, 2025, Mondays and Wednesdays, 2 to 3:50pm
Course description: Continuing focus on developing choreographic structures that support clear artistic statements, with an emphasis on the duet form.


  • Preferred qualification: possession of MFA or PhD in Dance or Interdisciplinary MFA or PhD with a dance focus. Minimum qualification: MA, BA or BFA degree in dance, physical education with a dance emphasis, or theater with dance emphasis.
  • Professional experience recognized by peers in the field.
  • Outstanding professional achievement or substantial training in the field specified in the job announcement.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and constructively with persons of diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities.
  • Demonstrated evidence of successful teaching experience at the university level.
  • Successful teaching of advanced contemporary dance and/or intermediate composition at the University level for a minimum of 1 – 2 years.

Desirable Skills and Abilities:

  • Energy, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • The willingness to work with students having a wide range of skills, varying abilities, motivations, and academic or vocational goals.
  • The ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with others in a team environment.
  • The ability to use instructional strategies designed for diverse learning styles and academic goals.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of current literature on dance.
Application Process

To apply to the above teaching opportunities, please submit your application documents (in pdf form) to the U of C Careers site, using the “Apply Now” link.

In support of your application, please provide the following:

1. Current CV (if the SCPA does not already have one on file)
2. Names and contact information for 3 potential referees; and
3. Teaching evaluations (if available)

Please note that the application process allows for only four attachments, which may require you to merge documents.

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Kloetzel, Division Lead, Dance, by email at

Additional Information

For salary information, please refer to TUCFA’s Collective Agreement, Schedule B. As per the Collective Agreement, the Faculty of Arts adheres to the right of first refusal terms (Section 23.12.1 and 23.12.2) for Sessional Appointments.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ( and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

For a listing of all academic opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts.

About the University of Calgary

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