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Tenure Track Professor, Narrative Filmmaking

Organization: Santa Clara University
Date Posted: 10/28/2019
Date Needed: 9/1/2020
City: Santa Clara
Location: California
Country: United States
Primary Category: All UFVA Job Listings

Description & Details

The Department of Communication at Santa Clara University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Digital Filmmaking to begin in fall 2020. The ideal candidate will be an experienced teacher and filmmaker in narrative fiction filmmaking with demonstrable knowledge about a vast range of forms, approaches, and sensibilities in all phases of the production process from screenwriting to post-production.


The selected applicant’s primary teaching load will be in introductory courses in digital filmmaking, advanced courses in her/his area of specialty, and a senior filmmaking capstone course. Secondarily, the candidate might teach courses in film & television history such as the role of cinema/film as critique on cultural values, international cinema, Latin American cinema, cinema of the African diaspora, or the representation of the experiences of people of color in cinema/television. We encourage applications from candidates who share this understanding and will contribute to the diversity of our college community, including members of historically underrepresented groups.


Candidates should demonstrate promise in creative work, including the ability to exhibit at festivals, theaters and ontelevision, as well as evidence of successful teaching. While professional experience is desirable, candidates must have a MFA in film/television production, or a Ph.D. in communication or related field andproduction experience.


Located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is a private, Catholic Jesuit university committed to promoting social justice in a comprehensive educational setting. Faculty members are teaching scholars who balance a commitment to excellent teaching with active programs of research or creative scholarship. A full-time teaching load is two courses per quarter. Maintaining an active research or creative program is required, along with undergraduate advising and service responsibilities.


Visit www.scu.eduto learn about SCU’s mission, courses offered in our department, the diverse student population we serve, and the University’s housing assistance program. We especially encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds. SCU is an EO/AA employer committed to excellence through diversity. In this spirit we welcome applications from women, persons of color, any sexual orientation, all religions, and members of historically underrepresented groups.


Submission Information

Applications will be accepted until 11/01/19, at which time the evaluation of applications will begin. Applicants should submit their letter of application; c.v.; three examples of creative work (at least two finished films of any length); graduate transcripts; three letters of reference; a personal statement of the applicant's teaching philosophy, research plan, and experiences working with people of diverse cultures and identities; and evidence of teaching excellence (e.g., course syllabi, student evaluations, and teaching portfolios) to People Admin, the online job application portal for the Department of Communication, Santa Clara University



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