Texas Tech University

Genevieve Durham

Associate Professor - Dance

Email: genevieve.durham@ttu.edu

Genevieve Durham DeCesaro is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Dance in the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.  She is a professional choreographer and performer with Flatlands Dance Theatre (http://www.flatlandsdance.org), a professional company based in Lubbock, Texas. Her choreography has been commissioned nationally, by Whitman College in Washington, Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Old Dominion University in Virginia, Spelman College in Atlanta, Dallas’ Repertory Dance Theatre of Texas, Texas Woman’s University, South Carolina’s Litchfield Dance Academy, Atlanta’s Zoetics Dance Company, Stephen F. Austin State University, Ballet Lubbock, and Oklahoma City’s Perpetual Motion. Honorary presentations of her work include a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. 

Professor Durham DeCesaro has presented her original research at numerous conferences, including the National Dance Education Organization Conference, the International Conference on the Arts in Society (Liverpool, UK), the American College Theatre Festival, the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, and the International Conference on the Visual and Performing Arts (Athens, Greece). Her research centers around a transdisciplinary, collaborative project of re-presenting social science data through dance.  With her research partner, Dr. Elizabeth Sharp (College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University), Professor Durham DeCesaro has created an evening-length concert and accompanying focus groups, presentations, and colloquia that investigate perceptions of femininity, romance, and marriage.  This research has twice been funded through a competitive (internal) grant, and has produced two publications in peer reviewed journals and a book that is currently under contract with Common Ground Publishing. Professor Durham DeCesaro, her research partner, and a cast of professional performers have been invited to present this project on the campuses of Virginia Tech, the University of Detroit-Mercy, and Austin Community College.

Professor Durham DeCesaro is the elected South Central Regional Director of the American College Dance Festival Association (http://www.acdfa.org), a position that follows election to a second term on the ACDFA Board of Directors. She is also a former Chair of the Texas Commission on the Arts Grant Review Panel and a former member of the Ballet Lubbock Advisory Board.  She continues to serve on the Advisory Boards of the Roots Music Institute and the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock.  At Texas Tech University, Professor Durham DeCesaro is the faculty adviser for the philanthropic dance organization Chi Tau Epsilon and for the audition-based University Dance Company. She is also active in the Lubbock community, serving as a Board member of the Roscoe Wilson Elementary School PTA.

Professor Durham DeCesaro holds a BFA in Theatre from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and an MA and MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, where she was honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award in the Department of Dance.  Among her recognitions at Texas Tech University are receipt of the Alumni Association’s New Faculty Award, the Student Government Association’s Outstanding Professor Award, the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and recognition by the national honor society Mortar Board as an Outstanding Professor.  Professor Durham DeCesaro, a Phi Beta Kappa Charter Member at Texas Tech University, was invited to be the keynote speaker at the TTU Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony in April 2010, and was elected in April 2011 to the Teaching Academy at Texas Tech.  Most recently, she was named as one of twelve Integrated Scholars at Texas Tech University for the 2012-2013 academic year and is one of two faculty members receiving the President’s Academic Achievement Award for 2012-2013.

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Degrees Held:

MFA Texas Tech University

MA Texas Woman's University

BA Southwestern at Georgetown