El Camino College - Torrance, CA

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he El Camino College District is now accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track Dance instructor. The Dance department provides a comprehensive curriculum of 35 courses in the history, theory, technique and art of dance that prepares students for transfer as well as commercial dance opportunities. Courses are scheduled in recently upgraded smart classrooms and three spacious dance studios. The department resides in the Fine Arts division where it is complemented by departments in the visual and performing arts and supported by the El Camino College Center for the Arts and its production staff. Master classes, Resident/Guest Artist dance productions, concerts, showcases, and class finals are presented each semester in three on-campus venues of varying size: Marsee Auditorium, Campus Theatre and Haag Recital Hall. There are additional opportunities for collaboration with other programs in the Fine Arts division including an annual musical theatre production offered by the Theater Department; opera, orchestral and chorale offerings by the Music Department; and a site-specific performing opportunity as part of the Art Department annual open house. From April 11-14, 2013, El Camino College is hosting the American College Dance Festival regional conference.

The assignment is based on a ten-month, forty-hour workweek comprised of twenty student contact hours teaching beginning and intermediate levels of Ballet, Modern and Choreography courses and three office hours. Other professional responsibilities include classroom preparation, research and student learning assessments. Commitment to program development and consistent participation in campus-wide, divisional, and departmental committees and activities is expected, including student and faculty performances, faculty meetings, program review, and curriculum development. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview that will include a teaching demonstration on an assigned topic.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in dance, physical education with dance emphasis, or theatre with dance emphasis; OR

  • Bachelor's degree in any of the above AND Master's in physical education, physiology, theatre arts, kinesiology, performing arts, music; OR

  • : The equivalent - Candidates not possessing the required qualifications as stated above, explain in detail how their qualifications are equivalent to those above OR

  • Valid California community college credential in appropriate subject ( per California Education Code 87355 issued prior to July 1, 1990 ); AND

  • Sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of college students, and of individuals with disabilities.

  • Master's degree in dance preferred.

  • Recent college-level teaching experience preferred.

  • Ability to teach one or more of the following: modern dance, commercial dance, ballet, jazz, and/or social dance.

  • Ability to teach lecture-based courses, including dance history, dance appreciation, and/or music for dance.

  • Ability to teach choreography, dance production, dance performance, and dance ensemble.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTION - Please limit your answers to 250 words.

1) Describe your philosophy as it pertains to your practice as a dancer/choreographer.

2) Describe your teaching philosophy.


Contract shall be for full-time, 10-month, tenure-track teaching assignment for the 2013 – 2014 academic year, beginning August 21, 2013. A teaching demonstration will be required during the interview process. Offer and acceptance of employment is subject to verification of all information provided on the employment application, credential(s), transcripts, fingerprint results, and tuberculosis examination as required. Candidates selected for employment will be required to provide verification of work authorization in the form of a passport, valid driver's license, or other equivalent identification, and social security card.


The starting salary ranges from $59,426 - $81,624 depending on education and experience. Excellent fringe benefits are included.


An applicant must submit the following by the closing date:

1) On line application.

2) Cover letter describing how applicant meets the qualifications.

3) Resume including educational background, professional experience, and related personal development and accomplishments.

4) Pertinent transcripts as stated in the required qualifications. (Unofficial computer-generated academic records/transcripts must include the name of the institution and degrees awarded to be acceptable.)

Foreign Transcripts: Transcripts issued outside the United States of America require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA.

5) Evidence of a valid community college credential, if applicant holds one.

Please Note: Documents submitted or uploaded for a previous position cannot be reused for other positions. You must submit the required documents for each position you apply for by the closing date. Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application. Applications with an incomplete status will not receive consideration. You may check the status of your application online.

If you need assistance you may call 310-660-3593 Ext. 3474 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The college will be closed on the following dates: January 21, February 8, and 18, 2013.

Closing Date: Monday, March 11 , 2013 at 11:59 p.m.

Interview Expenses

Only individuals identified for FINAL interviews are eligible to have their expenses paid. Reimbursement will be limited to economy airfare (to and from point of origin) and for meals and lodging. The maximum allocated for meals, lodging and transportation is $600. Candidate must complete a Travel Request and Reimbursement Form and submit it together with all supporting documentation to the Human Resources Office.

Compensation and Benefit Highlights

Health, Life, Dental and Vision Insurance

The College provides a diversified insured benefit program for all full-time employees including medical, dental, vision and life insurance. Dependent medical, dental and vision insurance is available toward which both the College and the employee contribute.

Sick Leave and Disability

Paid sick leave is granted equal to one day for each month of service. Sick leave may be accumulated indefinitely. Rather than State Disability Insurance, limited sick leave benefits are available for days beyond the earned sick leave days and are paid at fifty percent.


Full-time employees contribute a percentage of their regular salary to either the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) or to the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and social Security. Upon termination, STRS or PERS retirement contributions may be withdrawn in full, plus accumulated interest. Various benefit options are available for employees upon retirement.

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