THE SCHOOL OF FINE & PERFORMING ARTS OF RIDER UNIVERSITY announces an opening for a full-time, tenure track appointment in Dance Therapy at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning September 1, 2019 on the University’s Lawrenceville campus. This position relates specifically to new programs in Dance Therapy and Dance Science.


Rider University seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. The position will have teaching and leadership responsibilities within the Dance program of the School of Fine and Performing Arts and the Dance/Movement Therapy specialization with the Master of Arts: Clinical/Mental Health Counseling degree, housed in the College of Education. The successful candidate will hold, at minimum, board certification in dance therapy, a Master’s Degree in an appropriate field, and have extensive experience in the field. The Doctorate and extensive experience is preferred.  Field-related and collegiate teaching experience grounded in dance therapy-related areas and experience with CACREP and/or LPC programs is desired.  This position will collaborate closely with faculty within the program and school to promote and grow this new degree. The candidate will be expected to teach all of the curriculum of the DMT degree; be familiar with licensing and ADTA policy, and be able to guide graduate students in practicum and research. Additional duties may include teaching Dance Science, Dance History, Movement Theory, Ballet and Modern Technique, and Choreography.


As a member of the Department of Theatre & Dance, the candidate will be expected to play an important part in the ongoing development of our already dynamic programs in the School of Fine and Performing Arts, to advise and mentor students, serve on committees, to aid in recruitment and be active professionally. The candidate will be expected to maintain regular communication with the Counseling Department.


All applicants must apply directly to our website at

and attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and goals, a statement outlining their commitment to diversity, including evidence of their experience working with and teaching diverse students, contact information for three references, undergraduate and graduate transcripts. The completion of a satisfactory background check is required. Please reference Position No. 312533. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, review of applicant materials will begin on January 2, 2019.



Rider University is a private university with primary campus located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Over 4,100 undergraduate and 950 graduate students are enrolled in 67 undergraduate programs and 35 graduate programs in business administration, education, liberal arts, sciences, fine and performing arts, counseling, and leadership. There are 248 full-time faculty supporting a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. U.S. News & World Report ranks Rider in the top tier of northern regional universities offering master’s degrees. Rider is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. To learn more about the School of Fine and Performing Arts, please visit our website at

Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, handicap/disability, Vietnam-era/disabled veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other non-job related criteria. The Department values diversity among its faculty and is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community.