Rick Southerland

Assistant Professor in Dance (2010)

Lilian Welsh Hall 160


M.F.A. in Dance, Hollins University/American Dance Festival (2008)
M.A. in Performing Arts: Dance, The American University (2001)
Graduate Teacher's Licensure - Project ACT/NC Teach, East Carolina University (2000)
B.F.A. in Performance and Choreography, East Carolina University (1994)

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

The Writing on Mother's Hand - Premiered November 2013 Kraushaar Auditorium, performed by Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble

"Helping Students Make Connections Between Observation and Media in an Online Dance Appreciation Class"- Paper presentation NDEO Annual Conference October 2013 with support from Goucher College Summer Research Grant.

"Found in Translation: Bridging Diversity Through Cultural Integration of the Arts"- Paper presentation NDEO Annual Conference October 2012 with support from Goucher College Summer Research Grant.

Behind the Shade - Premiered November 2011 Kraushaar Auditorium, performed by Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble

"Bridging Diversity in Dance Education Using the Coaching Model" - Paper, Fall 2011


Rick Southerland is an assistant professor of dance at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, and teaches all levels of dance education, modern dance technique, dance history and dance composition.  Professor Southerland spent years teaching in the public schools of North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia and the District of Columbia and received several kudos including Outstanding High School Dance Director from the Nokia Sugar Bowl and recipient of Wolf Trap's Katherine Filene Schouse Scholarship for Teachers of the Performing Arts.  He was on faculty at the NC Governor's School and served as a modern dance and online dance appreciation instructor/visiting artist at East Carolina University. 

Professor Southerland sat on the board of directors for three years and is currently secretary of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO).  He also serves as a reviewer for both the Journal of Movement Arts Literacy and was a reviewer of the new Common Core Standards in the Arts. His scholarly research focuses on Arts Integration and Online Learning in Dance and is regularly presented at national conferences. His creative work has been presented at the Kennedy Center, American Dance Festival, and at Performatica in Mexico.

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 program's first online course, Survey of Dance History.

As the former arts education coordinator for the Sierra Arts Foundation in Reno, NV he developed arts education programs under a $1,000,000 grant from the U. S. Department of Education to drive the arts into for public schools by training teaching artists and providing arts integration professional development programs for classroom teachers.