Part-Time Supplemental Faculty in Dance Technique – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A., and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students, and staff that make the university what it is.

The hallmark of the newly-established USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance — as expressed in its motto “The New Movement” — is the development of a new movement model expressed in new media, scholarship, studio practice and choreography for the 21st century. The school provides foundational insight, opportunities for artistic development, and a diverse performance repertory, as well as exposure to world-renowned practicing artists, dance conditioning, and strategic career venture skills. Featuring a rigorous curriculum within a conservatory style environment, USC Kaufman is housed in the 54,000-square-foot Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, where students work and collaborate with world-renowned artists and study in a range of dance styles. The school’s exceptional students and faculty are creating a confluence of ideas, artistry, and innovation that will prepare the next generation of dancers to shape the future of the art form in compelling ways.

Led by Dean Julia M. Ritter, USC Kaufman has a renowned faculty and a roster of Artists in Residence.  USC Kaufman faculty are highly regarded in the field and have an unparalleled depth and diversity of experience. Under the faculty’s tutelage and through their work with many guest artists, BFA students receive the highest caliber of training, as well as the unique opportunity to learn and perform a wide variety of acclaimed repertoire. Students have worked with and performed works by some of the most profound artists in dance, including George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Martha Graham, Bill T. Jones, Jiří Kylián, Crystal Pite, Paul Taylor and many more. 


The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance invites applications for Part-Time Supplemental Faculty. USC Kaufman seeks experienced educators to provide periodic and short term support to faculty in all genres and dance forms taught within the current curriculum, including but not limited to Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Ballroom, Bollywood, African, and Gaga. Guest Instructors will be hired on a short term contracts to teach during faculty absences. Teaching may include courses within the BFA curriculum as well as the School’s vast array of elective courses. Candidates must be established artists and educators who are recognized in the field of dance and/or have significant experience teaching at a collegiate level. Candidates will serve a diverse student population, must demonstrate a commitment to improving outcomes for historically under-served populations, and are expected to support the School’s diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts.

STARTING DATE: Appointments will begin in Fall 2023. Contracts will be short term, typically for 1-2 weeks at a time.  

REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS: Begins immediately and continues based on School needs.


All candidates should submit a (1) letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae including teaching experience, courses taught and developed, professional performance experience and/or choreography; and (3) names and contact information for three current professional references. Additional materials including writing samples and existing course syllabi may be requested at a later date and could include video samples of studio teaching and/or choreography. Letters of interest should describe candidate’s commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education and the performing arts.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. 


  • Professional-level experience in teaching dance technique(s), preferably with experience in a university setting.


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or M.F.A in Dance or related field.

  • Professional experience, with national recognition, as a teacher, performer and/or choreographer.

The hourly rate for this position is $62.50. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

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