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Cinema Studies Faculty

Organization: UNCSA School of Filmmaking
Date Posted: 12/19/2019
Date Needed: 8/1/2020
City: Winston Salem
Location: North Carolina
Country: United States
Primary Category: All UFVA Job Listings
Salary: $68,000.00 yearly

Description & Details
Position Title Cinema Studies Faculty
Position Number 020241
School/Department Information

The School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) seeks to fill a full‐time faculty position in cinema studies beginning August 2020.

UNCSAis the sole arts conservatory among the seventeen campuses affiliated with theUNCsystem, and offers majors in Dance, Design & Production, Drama, Filmmaking, and Music.UNCSAis committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive artistic and educational community, welcoming and supportive of faculty and staff from all racial, ethnic, economic, religious, gender, and gender‐identity backgrounds. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds and interests align with this commitment.

At the School of Filmmaking, our undergraduate and graduate programs are geared towards educating aspiring professionals in film and television via curricula that emphasize practical hands‐on training complemented by the study of these media as works of art, cultural forms, and industrial practice. We offerBFAconcentrations in animation, cinematography, directing, picture editing & sound design, producing, production design, and screenwriting; we offerMFAconcentrations in creative producing, film music composition, and screenwriting as well. Our cinema studies courses, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, are always designed with an eye towards making the subject matter relevant to creative practice.

All of ourBFAstudents in the School of Filmmaking are required to take four cinema studies courses: “The Short Film,” “American Film History,” “Classics of World Cinema,” and at least one more cinema studies elective of their own choosing. Elective topics include, but are not limited to, international animation, film ethics, film noir, race & image in American cinema, visual nonfiction, comparative directors, and courses on various film movements or genres. All of ourMFAstudents are required to take “International Film History,” but may take additional cinema studies electives if they so choose.

We are therefore looking for candidates who not only have a strong knowledge‐base in film history (live‐action, animation, American, and international), but who can also demonstrate skills in the analysis of effective storytelling, whether in short‐form or feature‐length fiction or nonfiction film and television.

Candidates may refer to UNCSA’s Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins to view our current curriculum models, which link to our course descriptions:

Description of Responsibilities and Duties

Faculty in the School of Filmmaking are expected to demonstrate engaged and sustained involvement in three areas: teaching (in the classroom and via advising/mentorship), service (committee work within the Film School, toUNCSA, and to the profession), and creative activity/research. For detailed information on these expectations, please refer to the information available on the Faculty Evaluations page of theUNCSAwebsite:

Faculty must abide by all policies and duties associated with a full‐time appointment as described in theUNCSAFaculty Manual:

Required Qualifications

An earned terminal degree in the teaching discipline or related discipline, generally theMFA. Equivalent professional experience or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience will be accepted in lieu of the academic degree.

Preferred Qualifications

‐ Minimum 5 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level;
‐ Demonstrated familiarity with the filmmaking process, either through one’s education or professional experience;
‐ Knowledge of film and television history and the ability to speak articulately about them in terms of creative practice; and
‐ Demonstrated ability to design cinema studies courses relevant to creative practice.

Tenure Information UNCSA utilizes a multi-year contract system in lieu of tenure.
Instructions to Candidates

Please submit the following documents:
‐ Academic transcripts;
‐ CV and Cover Letter (include teaching philosophy and list of courses taught, if not already included in
‐ List of 5 references;
‐ Syllabi for 3 cinema studies‐related courses, either newly designed or previous taught.


Applications must be submitted through UNCSA’s Human Resources website. To apply for this position, please click the following link:


Interviews will begin in January 2020.
For more information about our school, please visit

Classification Code
Posting Detail Information


Posting Number F48P
Open Date 12/17/2019
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Recruitment Range, if applicable
Special Instructions to Candidates

AnEHRAapplication is required in order to be considered for a faculty position. Please note,EHRAapplications do not have an employment entry section. Instead, a resume/CV will be required to be uploaded by the applicant, along with any other documents the Department or assigned Search Committee deem relevant for the review process. Applications will be treated confidentially until the final stages of the search process. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

UNCSAfollows the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) guidelines for faculty credentialing. The successful candidate will be required to submit a curriculum vitae, official transcripts of earned degrees, and/or substantiating documentation of experiential qualifications as a condition of employment.
Pursuant toUNCSApolicy, as a condition of employment the University must obtain a criminal background report and determine that the nature and seriousness of any criminal offenses do not render employment with the University inappropriate.

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