Nov. 20, 2013

Dance professor receives SUNY Diversity Program support for teaching, research

Mark Broomfield

Assistant Professor of Dance Mark Broomfield '94 is one of five SUNY faculty members who are receiving support through SUNY's Faculty Diversity Program. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11

Last spring, Assistant Professor of Dance Studies Mark Broomfield ’94 helped celebrate 45 years of dance at Geneseo, sharing his expertise in varied dances of the African diaspora with students. It was a full circle moment for Broomfield, to work with the next generation of artists at his alma mater.

Broomfield is one of five SUNY faculty members who received support this year through SUNY's Faculty Diversity Program, designed to assist campuses with the recruitment, retention and promotion of outstanding scholars from different backgrounds. The system's state-operated campuses compete for salary support and start-up packages to recruit outstanding scholars who have attained a record of distinction, including individuals from groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.

"We are very happy to have Dr. Broomfield on our dance faculty, and our students are benefiting greatly from his creative mastery," said David Gordon, interim provost. "I applaud SUNY's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for making this assistance available and giving campuses the opportunity to compete for such highly talented faculty members, who help enrich our campus culture."

Through the program, a portion of Broomfield's salary will be paid for three years and he is receiving $15,000 to support his research.

Broomfield, who was a communication major at Geneseo, received his doctorate in critical dance studies and a master of fine arts degree. He has danced with Cleo Park Robinson Dance, performing in leading works by some of the most diverse and recognized African American choreographers in the American modern dance tradition.