30 July, 2015





In a city renowned for its internationalism, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts has played a unique and influential role in developing generations of performing, screen and technical artists. The Academy's six Schools – Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre & Entertainment Arts –make the Academy a vibrant centre of practice, teaching and practice-based research. Its outstanding international reputation is reinforced by the quality of its performers and its partnerships with other centres of excellence locally, regionally and internationally. With international residencies, visiting artists and alumni, which number amongst them some of the most respected professionals in the industry, the Academy is prolific in its creativity and dedicated to the training of future leaders in the performing arts and the creative and cultural industries.

The School of Dance is one of the three Schools comprising the newly-established College of Allied Arts, along with the School of Chinese Opera and the School of Music. Within this structure, opportunities exist to develop exciting interdisciplinary and inter-School objectives ranging from performance productions to joint contextual studies courses.

The School offers full-time programmes from sub-degree Diploma to MFA level, together with its part-time Gifted Young Dancer Programme. In keeping with its conservatoire status, the School’s philosophy is centred around performance practice, and reflects the unique cultural mix of Hong Kong, with emphasis on both Chinese and Western traditions. The principle of integration is a key defining feature of the School, with the integration of theory and practice a primary objective.

Due to recent changes in its staffing profile, the School is seeking to appoint a dynamic individual to join its Contextual Studies team. The applicant should hold a higher degree, have extensive teaching experience in a higher education institution (preferably in the conservatoire context), and be committed to current practice in learning and teaching, especially as it applies to the performing arts. A global perspective is also an expectation.  Although subject to negotiation, expected commencement date is 4 January 2016.


The successful applicant will lead the School’s Academic and Contextual Studies stream, and coordinate its thriving MFA in Dance programme. Applicants should hold a higher degree (preferably a PhD), have extensive professional experience, substantial scholarly achievement, and experience of teaching at Master’s level. Appropriate academic leadership and management experience is also a must. The appointee will be required to teach in one or more of the following: Contemporary Dance/Arts Practice, Aesthetics and Criticism, Dance History, Dance Education, or Dance Science.

The appointee will be a member of the School’s Executive team, and will be expected to play a strategic role in the further development of Contextual Studies in the School in line with Academy and College priorities, especially as they relate to research in practice-based programmes.

Applicants should have: 
Essential Criteria
- Advanced-level academic qualifications in dance studies (preferably at doctoral level); and a minimum of five years' experience in teaching in conservatoire context, including teaching at Masters level.
- Substantial academic leadership and administrative/management experience in a dance conservatoire context or equivalent.
- Demonstrated commitment to the scholarship of learning and teaching; and to practice-based research.
- Demonstrated commitment to the integration of theory and practice, of curriculum content, and innovative teaching practices, including e-learning.
- A good understanding of contemporary dance practice, and current developments in the discipline, especially as they relate to practice-based research.
- Experience in curriculum design and writing.
- Fluency in spoken and written English.

Desirable Criteria 
- Experience of/teaching in a multi-cultural context.
- Fluency in spoken and written Chinese.

Appointment will be on a two-year contract, with possibility of renewal, subject to mutual agreement.  A gratuity payment equal up to 15% of basic salary earned during the contract period will be payable upon satisfactory completion of contract.  Fringe benefits include leave, medical, and dental benefits. Housing subsidy will be provided to the eligible appointee.


Interested parties should forward their applications with detailed curriculum vitae to:

The Deputy Registrar (Corporate) and Director of Academic Links
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
No.1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Fax: (852) 2584 8953
Email: personnel@hkapa.edu

Closing date for application is 18 September 2015. Please quote reference code ‘H(ACS)’ on the envelope.  Information is also available on the Academy’s website www.hkapa.edu.




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