Peterson Reelected to American College Dance Association Board of Directors


Peterson HilaryHilary Peterson, assistant professor and coordinator of dance at Southeast Missouri State University, has been reelected to a second term on the National Board of Directors of the American College Dance Association (ACDA) for the Central region.

Her second term runs from July 1 to June 30, 2019.

“Being involved as a board member for ACDA allows me to connect with other faculty members from other institutions and learn from what they are doing in their dance programs that is helping student success,” Peterson said. “It also gives me the opportunity to be involved with the positive change within an organization that supports their college dance education.

“I feel honored and delighted to have been re-elected as it gives me the opportunity to continue the work I have been doing for the past three years and allows me the chance to continue to serve the organization at both the regional and national level,” she added.

Dr. Rhonda Weller-Stilson, associate dean and director of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, said, “We are so pleased to learn of Hilary’s reappointment to the National Board for the American College Dance Association.  She is very passionate about dance at the college and university level.  Prior to serving on the board, she participated in this organization and brought our students yearly to the regional festivals.  It has been an important experiential learning aspect for our students.  They have taken classes from instructors from all over the country, observed choreography by other universities and presented their work to hundreds of students and professionals.   This would not have happened without Hilary’s commitment to this organization.  She is most deserving of this honor and it represents years of work.”

The American College Dance Association’s primary focus is to support and promote the wealth of talent and creativity prominent throughout college and university dance departments. More than 380 higher education institutions are Association members and about 6,000 student, faculty and guest artists participate in ACDA events annually. ACDA’s sponsorship of regional conferences and the biennial national college dance festival are the primary means of college and university dance programs to perform outside their own academic setting, receive adjudicator feedback and gain exposure to the diversity of dance in higher education throughout the country. Conferences also provide faculty the opportunity to present research and to receive peer responses to their work.

Board members are responsible for steering national ACDA policy and are instrumental to the strength and development of dance in the academy. Board members attend annual board of directors meetings and regional conferences.