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Assistant Professor in Film (Production Design)

Organization: Western Kentucky University
Date Posted: 1/18/2020
Date Needed: 8/1/2020
City: Bowling Green
Location: Kentucky
Country: United States
Primary Category: All UFVA Job Listings

Description & Details

About Western Kentucky University:

Founded in 1906, Western Kentucky University (WKU) is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, an ethnically and racially diverse city of just over 68,000 people, situated approximately 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY. More than 50 different languages are spoken in and around Bowling Green and people from 35 nationalities call the area home. Core to our mission, WKU strives to foster a sense of community where people of all backgrounds, identities and perspectives feel welcomed and enriched, and is committed to employing a diverse and inclusive workforce. We seek to attract research- and teaching-active faculty, as well as staff members, from academically and culturally diverse backgrounds.

The university's population of approximately 20,000 students includes 33% first generation university/college, 15% underrepresented minority and 3% international students. A regional comprehensive university, WKU is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state and nation.

We proudly offer a comprehensive benefits package to employees and their family, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents. In addition, we offer generous vacation, medical and holiday paid-time-off and an outstanding tuition discount program for employees and dependents.

Job Description:

The nationally recognized School of Media at Western Kentucky University is seeking a full-time, tenure-eligible assistant professor with experience in production design for film. In addition to teaching production design and film workshop courses (which produce up to 18 six minute films per semester), the successful candidate will be required to produce consistent research/creative work necessary to achieve tenure. Other responsibilities include student advising and service to the School and University.

The major in Film provides undergraduates a strong foundation in both film production and film studies. This combination allows students to gain the practical skills to succeed on a film set in both below-the-line and above-the-line roles, experience the mechanics of film production in industry and independent settings, and develop critical and analytical thinking through the study of global film culture, history and aesthetics. The program hosts a multi-day film festival that premieres student work in front of hundreds of filmmakers, faculty and community members. The state-of-the-art facilities, industry-standard equipment and focus on narrative filmmaking set the School of Media apart from other film programs in the region, and WKU is the only public post-secondary institution in Kentucky with a film major.


In addition to teaching production design and film workshop the successful candidate will be required to produce consistent research/creative work necessary to achieve tenure. Other responsibilities include student advising and service to the School and University.

Employment begins August 2020.


A terminal degree (MFA or PhD) appropriate to the appointment and a minimum of 2 years of professional filmmaking experience. Candidates should have some teaching experience in a university or professional setting.

Additional Information:

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all candidates. Western Kentucky University will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO) at (270) 745-5121.

Application Instructions:

The following items must be submitted through this electronic talent management system by 01/06/2020, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Names and contact information of three reference providers will be collected during the application process. Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an online process at a later date.

You will receive email confirmation once you have successfully completed the application process.

How to Apply / Contact

Please visit Western Kentucky University's Employment Page for application information.


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