Faculty Profile for Nicole L Wesley

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Nicole L Wesley
Coord, Extd Lrng Srvcs — Ofc of Distance & Extended Lrng
phone: (512) 574-3466

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Nicole Wesley, MFA, CLMA
Nicole Wesley is an educator based out of Austin, Texas and is currently an Associate Professor of Dance and Head of the BFA in Teaching Certification at Texas State University. She received an MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and a BFA in Dance from The University of Texas at Austin. Nicole is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CLMA) from Integrated Movement Studies out of The University of Utah. Her work has been commissioned nationally and internationally in England, Scotland, Cuba, Costa Rica, Trinidad and New York.

Nicole is Co-founder of the Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective and Co-Artistic Director of Trinidad and Tobago’s COCO Dance Festival, the largest Contemporary dance festival in the Caribbean (https://www.cocodancefestival.org). The mission of the Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective is to inspire, encourage and serve the community through creative processes and collaborative and outreach-oriented endeavors. She is Artistic Director of The JUSTICE Project in collaboration with her dance partner of twenty years, Darla Johnson. The JUSTICE Project an experiential and community-oriented and devised performance, created and developed collaboratively within diverse populations. Revolving around dialogues of social, political and personal responses to justice, The JUSTICE Project celebrates the authentic artistic voice and embraces the transformation that arises at the intersection of self and community.

Teaching Interests

Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) as a methodology in the realm of technical training and performance process.

Research Interests

Nicole’s research interests include community building through authentic performance (The JUSTICE Project) and interdisciplinary pedagogical and artistic approaches to art-making.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Performer, The Way We Are in Space. June 2021 - Present.
  • Co-Director, Production Coordinator, 2021 COCO Dance Festival. February 2021 - October 2021.
  • Performer, Scenarios. June 2021 - September 2021.
  • Co-Artistic Director, 2020 COCO Dance Festival. October 23, 2020 - October 25, 2020.
  • Dancer, WECreate Spaces: Barriers. February 27, 2020 - March 1, 2020.
    • MergeX. February 27, 2020 - March 1, 2020 Harrison Theatre, Texas State University, San Marcos.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Service, Texas State University. August 2021 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor Award, Alfred H. Nolle Chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Texas State University. May 2021 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching, Texas State University. May 2020 - April 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Foundations of Excellence, Student Foundation. October 17, 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Fine Arts and Communication. August 2017

Selected Grants

  • Wesley, Nicole L. Common Experience Event Grant, Texas State University, $700.00. (Funded: January 2018). Grant.
  • Wesley, Nicole L. Study Abroad Site Visit Grant, Texas State Study Abroad Office, Texas State University, $1500.00. (Funded: June 2017). Grant.
  • Brown, Kaysie Seitz, Wesley, Nicole L (Co-Principal). Student Service Fee One-Time Funding – FY’19, Student Service Fee Committee, Texas State University, $10000. (Funded: September 2018 - November 2018). Grant.
  • Flueckiger, Carol (Co-Principal), Smith, Christopher (Co-Principal), Gelber, William (Co-Principal), Wesley, Nicole L (Co-Principal). Lott Endowment Arts Practice Research & TASA conference event, Texas Tech University, $5000.00. (Submitted: September 2014, Funded: October 3, 2015 - October 5, 2015). Grant.
  • Wesley, Nicole L. Creative Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences FY2014 award, Vice President of Research, Texas Tech University, $8500.00. (Submitted: October 2013, Funded: October 2013). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

University Curriculum Committee
September 2021-Present
Academic Governance Committee
August 2021-Present
Continuity of Student Life Work Group
August 2020-Present
University Leadership Assembly
August 2019-Present
Faculty Senate
June 2019-Present