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James "Rick" Southerland

Assistant Professor in Dance (2010)

Lilian Welsh Hall 160


B.F.A., East Carolina University; M.A., American University; M.F.A., Hollins University


Rick Southerland is an assistant professor of dance at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, where he teaches all levels of dance education, modern dance technique, and dance composition. Since 2011, he has taken students each year to the African continent to study the arts, history, and culture of West Africa, and arts education in South Africa. Additionally, he developed and teaches the dance department's first online course Survey of Dance History. Rick is the current Secretary for the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), and has served on the board as Director of Contributions and Endowments. Rick also serves as a reviewer for both the Journal of Movement Arts Literacy and the new Common Core Standards in the Arts. Rick came to Goucher from the Sierra Arts Foundation in Reno, NV where he was arts education director, develop arts education programs for public schools, trained teaching artists of all disciplines for residencies, provided arts and arts integration professional development programs for classroom teachers, and worked with the Washoe County School District to redesign seven underserved schools through professional development for teachers in arts integration under a $1,000,000 grant from the U. S. Department of Education. Rick has taught PreK-12 dance in public and private schools in North Carolina, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Georgia, and Nevada where his students have received multiple honors including invitations to perform at the Nokia Sugar Bowl, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and for the Governor of North Carolina. He has served as a guest artist and lecturer at Towson University, Kennesaw State University, and Pfieffer University, and has served on dance faculty for the Governor's School of NC, East Carolina University, and the University of Nevada, Reno. Rick's scholarly research in International Arts Ingetration and Online Learning in Dance has been presented at national conferences. His creative work has been presented at the Kennedy Center, American Dance Festival, and at Performatica in Mexico. Rick received his M.F.A. in Dance from Hollins University, M.A. in Performing Arts from American University, graduate teachers licensure through ECU's Project ACT/NC Teach, and B.F.A. in Dance from East Carolina University. Awards include Outstanding High School Dance Director from the Nokia Sugar Bowl, academic merit and fellowship at American University, and was a recipient of Wolf Trap's Katherine Filene Schouse Scholarship for Teachers of the Performing Arts, Goucher College Summer Research Grants, Crosby Course Development Grants, and Goucher Faculty Affairs Committee Grants.

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