To gather chairs of dance departments together in community for discussion, solidarity, and resourcing.  In alignment with DSA organizational values, DSA’s Department Chair Network is committed to making dance departments places of inclusion, care, and possibility through equitable employment practices, critical curriculum building, faculty and student support, a commitment to wellness through and beyond the body, navigating and/or initiating institutional change, and securing dance’s longevity within higher education.

The DSA Department Chair Network is open to Institutional Members first, as a benefit of Institutional Membership (a membership level that explicitly holds up contingent workers and graduate students through institutional funds).  Once Institutional Members have the chance to register, registration is opened more broadly to individual DSA members.  This is a member benefit, and thus is not open to non-members. 

2024 Registered Participants (so far!): Northwestern University, Connecticut College, Duke University, Loyola Marymount University, University of Michigan, University of Chicago, Princeton University, University of California Riverside, California State University Channel Islands, Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, University of the Philippines, UNC Charlotte, George Washington University, University of Illinois-Champagne Urbana, Sarah Lawrence College

With an estimated 500+ dance artists and scholars in attendance from across the globe and a 4,000 person reach across digital platforms, DSA’s 2024 conference (July in Buenos Aires, Argentina) offers publishers, department chairs, and presenters an excellent venue to promote books, events, department initiatives, and upcoming deadlines.
  • Digital Ads
  • Sponsorships
  • Book Exhibit (virtual and in-person)

2024 Awards Cycle - Submit/Nominate Now!

Submit to the DSA's publication awards - Brockett, Bueno, and Lippincott.  Submit or nominate for the Dixie Durr Award, Outstanding Scholarly Research Award, Dance in the Public Sphere, and Mid-Career awards now!  Deadline is April 20th.  The DSA awards contribute not only to the visibility of the individuals and works honored, but also to the visibility of dance research and to our continuing drive for excellence in dance scholarship.