Concord Academy, an independent college preparatory school for grades 9 through 12 located in Concord, Mass., has an opening for a Wilcox Fellowship in dance teaching through its Performing Arts Department beginning in the fall of 2018. Chartered in 1922, the school currently enrolls approximately 382 boarding and day students from 10 countries and territories and 15 states.
Students are engaged in a community animated by a love of learning, enriched by a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, and guided by a covenant of common trust. Students and teachers work together as a community of learners dedicated to intellectual rigor and creative endeavor. In a caring and challenging atmosphere, students discover and develop talents as scholars, artists, musicians, and athletes and are encouraged to find their voices. The school is committed to embracing and broadening the diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and talents of its people. Common trust challenges students to balance individual freedom with responsibility and service to a larger community. Such learning prepares students for lives as committed citizens.
Concord Academy’s Performing Arts Department offers a vibrant, rigorous, and eclectic dance program. Students study ballet, contemporary modern dance, and composition at every level of training. In addition, guest teachers expand students’ experience in hip-hop, jazz dance, ballroom, and African dance. The advanced-level performing ensemble is taught as an academic major and invites guest choreographers to campus who bring a range of perspectives to the students’ course of study. Wilcox Fellowship applicants in dance should be trained in contemporary modern dance and have a strong background in ballet and experience with a range of dance forms such as jazz, hip-hop, African dance, or contact improvisation. In addition, training in yoga, Pilates, or other somatic practices or physical fitness systems is beneficial. Experience choreographing for young dancers of varying technical abilities and dance backgrounds is a plus, but not required.
The Wilcox Fellows program seeks to identify and nourish teaching talent among groups underrepresented on independent school faculties. Fellows workshop pedagogy with experienced faculty and meet regularly with other teachers new to the school to talk about teaching and learning. They are mentored by a colleague and supervised by the dean of faculty and department chair. Fellows carry half-time teaching or subject loads and are able to put their full energy into developing expertise and skill in their chosen area of school life while nurturing a commitment to working with adolescents in a stimulating and supportive academic setting. Many fellows choose to work with student affinity groups or the school’s Office of Community & Equity. The duration of the fellowship is one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second. For fellows who continue at CA in a second year, the school provides support for graduate work and mentorship in the job search and/or graduate school application process. Housing on campus may be available, as well as coaching opportunities, but they are not required. Coaching carries additional compensation.
Interested candidates are asked to send a resume with a cover letter, a transcript, a statement about the ways they will contribute to the diversity of the Concord Academy faculty, and the names and contact information of three references to:
Dean of Faculty
To learn more about Concord Academy, please visit our website: www.concordacademy.org.