W3 professorship for the subject “Contemporary Dance”

Folkwang University of the Arts has a vacancy for a W3 professorship for the subject “Contemporary Dance”, to be staffed at the next possible date.

The successful candidate shall represent the “Contemporary Dance" subject in the Institute of Contemporary Dance (IZT, which includes the B.A. and M.A. study courses, the Folkwang Dance Studio and the Dance Archive). Furthermore, the tasks will also include leadership responsibilities in the above-mentioned areas.

The following requirements are expected from the applicants:

  • a completed university degree in the field of Dance or an equivalent artistic aptitude (refer to § 29 of the Kunsthochschulgesetz des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (KunstHG NRW; Art Universities Act of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia))
  • several years of extensive stage activity in the field of contemporary dance at international level
  • an international reputation as a choreographer
  • a minimum of 2-years pedagogical experience in the field of contemporary dance at universities or comparable institutions
  • expertise in the communication of both contemporary dance techniques and methods of creative processes
  • international networking
  • the ability to develop training structures
  • fluent in both spoken and written German and English

Furthermore, an interest in the combination of theory and practice is desirable.

Hiring requirements are determined by § 29 of the Kunsthochschulgesetz des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (KunstHG NRW; Art Universities Act of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia).

In addition to teaching, dedicated interdisciplinary collaboration with potentially all study courses of the university is expected. To this effect, applications should contain an exposé on an interdisciplinary teaching concept at Folkwang University of the Arts.
Any questions pertaining to said exposé should be directed via e-mail at vice-president Prof. Elke Seeger (elke.seeger(at)

Assisting in Folkwang University of the Arts‘ didactic development and self-administration boards as well as participating in developing the study courses is obligatory.

Employment will be permanent – with a civil service status or a Privatdienstvertrag (private-law employment relationship) depending on qualifications.
In case of pending pedagogic qualifications, employment will be temporary at first.

The salary is based on pay grade W3 of Landesbesoldungsordnung W (LBesO NRW; State Remuneration System W) in conjunction with the Besoldungsgesetz für das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen (LBesG NRW; Remuneration Act of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia). Currently, the teaching load is 18 semester periods per week.

Folkwang University of the Arts is seeking an increase in female employees in those departments where they are underrepresented and thus invites women with pertinent qualifications to apply. Pursuant to the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz NRW  (Equal Opportunities Act NRW) and in case of equal suitability, qualification and professional performance, women will be given preferential treatment, as long as no predominant reasons are found in the person of a competitor.

Applications of severely disabled persons or disabled persons equated to the former pursuant to
§ 2 paragraph 3 of the Sozialgesetzbuch XI (SGB IX; Social Code Book) are encouraged and will be given preferential treatment in case of equal qualification.

Folkwang University of the Arts is a family-friendly workplace and supports measures for improved compatibility of professional and family life.

Any general questions pertaining to human resources should be directed at Maria Finkensiep-Reuhs, phone number: +49 (0)201/4903-358, e-mail address: finkensiep-reuhs(at)

Questions about the equal treatment of women and men should be directed via e-mail at our equal opportunity representative Nina Kaiser (gleichstellungsbeauftragte(at)

Content-related questions concerning the position can be directed at Prof. Nadia Kevan; e-mail: kevan(at)

Note on data protection: on making your application, you thereby agree to your personal data being temporarily stored and used for the purpose of handling the application and (as appropriate) the recruitment procedure. We treat this data with the greatest care in accordance with the statutory provisions on data protection.

Please send applications containing relevant documents (without photos) only by postal mail to:
Rektor der Folkwang Universität der Künste
KIemensborn 39 (Abtei Werden)
45239 Essen
Closing date will be December 12, 2019.

Please make sure to send only copies, as applications will not be sent back.



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