Concord Academy, an independent college preparatory school for grades 9 through 12 located in Concord, Massachusetts, 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 ten countries and territories and fifteen 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 toward 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, 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:
Concord Academy is an independent, coeducational boarding and day school renowned for world-class faculty, passionate students, and graduates who make their mark on the world. Founded in 1922, Concord Academy has long balanced high academic standards with a focus on educating the whole student through the arts, athletics, and engagement in the world. Our community thrives on a love of learning, thanks to the care and partnership of teachers who support our students as individuals and challenge them every day to think critically and creatively.
Innovative teaching drives our wide-as-you-can-dream curriculum. Our rigorous approach to the sciences, arts, and humanities is infused with opportunities for intellectual growth, experimentation, and hands-on learning. CA students are honest, dedicated, and self-driven — some of the brightest, most curious, and inventive young people you’re likely to encounter. Within a structured framework, our experienced teachers afford them the flexibility to learn as they do best — while achieving personal goals, whether building a robot or directing a mainstage performance. Creative problem-solving and creative expression are at the core of the CA e...xperience.
Our 39-acre campus on Main Street in Concord, Mass., is home to nearly 400 students in grades 9 through 12 from nearby towns and around the globe. We bring students out into the world, and the world to our campus. In our close-knit community, we prize collaboration over competition. Our daily interactions are shaped by uncommon levels of trust. At CA, we do more than embrace diverse perspectives and backgrounds. We foster independent thinking. We invite passionate dialogue and debate. We believe that living attentively, questioning assumptions, and speaking one’s own truth are essential elements of an engaged and active learning experience.
When our students graduate, they’re prepared not only for college but also for lives of service and impact. Our alumnae/i are authors and ambassadors, entrepreneurs and engineers, dancers and doctors. This is a place where students love to learn, where creativity and trust are abundant natural resources, and where the history and literature of New England enrich us every day.
Concord Academy engages its students 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, 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. This diversity fosters respect for others and genuine exchange of ideas.
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.
Create + Innovate: The Centennial Campaign for Concord Academy
“As Concord Academy approaches 100 years, we recognize the school’s strengths as a dynamic living and learning community, rooted in an environment defined by innovation and creativity. Looking toward the future, we aspire to strengthen this foundation to make Concord Academy the very best school it can be…The Centennial Campaign is a blueprint for academic, programmatic, and capital priorities. The campaign will free students and faculty to question deeply, take intellectual risks, and dream bigger than ever before.” – Rick Hardy, Head of School. www.concord100.org/progress-priorities/