Carol Hess

Member, NASD Commission on Accreditation
Reelected September 2023, term ends September 2024

Carol Hess is Chair of the Department of Dance at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1982. Her teaching includes Intermediate Contemporary (Modern) Technique, Dance and Technology, Dance Composition, and Teaching Methods for Dance.

Professor Hess’s choreography has been presented in New York at the Cubiculo, Dance Theatre Workshop, and the Grand Finale, as well as in Germany and The Netherlands. She has been Artistic Director of Oregon Dance Theatre and Phoenix Repertory Dance Company. Changing Room, a work for video created in collaboration with video artist Vin Grabill and composer Neal Woodson, has been featured on the Innovators Series, Artscape 1995, and on Maryland Public Television’s Independent Eye. Much of her recent choreographic work has been multi-disciplinary in nature, incorporating dance with visual media and other technologies.

Professor Hess has performed with Hannah Kahn and Dancers, The Rondo Dance Theatre, DANCES/Janet Soares. As a tap soloist, she appeared on television and in concerts in the United States and abroad.

Professor Hess was first elected to the Commission on Accreditation in 2022.

Professor Hess received a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University, where she studied dance composition with Robert Ellis Dunn. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College.

Updated October 2023