Ursula Payne is a full professor and the chairperson of dance at Slippery Rock University, where she teaches all levels of Modern and Jazz dance technique, Dance Kinesiology, Laban Movement Analysis and is the Artistic Director of Slippery Rock University Dance Theater. She is also the Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute at SRU. She received certification from the Management Development Program for mid-level administrators in higher education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Payne has presented and published several academic papers in national and international dance conferences since 2004. In July 2017, she will be presenting a paper and participating in a roundtable discussion at the International Council of Kinetography Laban conference at Beijing Normal University in China. Ursula's commitment to advancing the field of dance is vigorous. She is serving her 2nd term as an elected board member of the American College Dance Association representing the East-Central (2015-2017) and Mid Atlantic North Region (2017-2019). Payne recently served as a distinguished adjudicator for the Mid Atlantic South (2017) and North East (2015) regional ACDA conferences. Ursula's choreography was performed in a national tour of solo dances by women choreographers called SOLA from (2014-2016). Payne also choreographs original group works on dance majors at SRU. Since 2000 Payne has functioned as an independent artist receiving four Pennsylvania Council for the Arts choreographic fellowships and numerous commissions from universities and professional dance companies that include Project Motion Dance Company based in Memphis-TN, LABCO Dance and Dance Alloy based in Pittsburgh, Loyola Marymount University, STAWA Community College in Uganda, National Taiwan University of the Arts, Mercyhurst University, Spelman University, and Middle Tennessee State University. Payne's other credits include staging from labanotation score Robert Battle's Primate at the American Dance Festival in 2012, Anna Sokolow's Scenes From The Music of Charles Ives at Slippery Rock University in 2004, and Donald McKayle's Rainbow Round My Shoulder at The Ohio State University in 1995. Other positions held include Co-Director of the Young Dancers School, Director of the Dance Professionals Workshop, Repertory and technique faculty at the American Dance Festival. In her role as chairperson, she has successfully expanded the dance program offerings to include the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance and the 4+1 Bachelors in Dance to Master of Science in Adapted Physical Activity (APA) dual degree program. This program involves a collaboration with the Physical Education and Wellness Department which houses the APA program. Payne is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she received her MFA in Dance with specializations in Performance and Direction from Labanotation Score. Payne received advanced training and earned certification as a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York. In addition to breaking numerous athletic records and being the PA AA State Triple Jump Champion in 1987, Payne was named to the USA Today National Track and Field Team and eventually inducted into the Lawrence County Hall of Fame in 2010 for her athletic achievements in Basketball and Track and Field. Today she is also the proud recipient of the 2017 Album of Distinction Award from Delta Kappa Gamma International, honoring women educators for their professional achievements.