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Open-rank Faculty Position in Film Production

Organization: UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies
Date Posted: 1/15/2020
City: Athens
Location: Georgia
Country: United States
Primary Category: All UFVA Job Listings

Description & Details

The Franklin College of Art and Sciences Department of Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Georgia invites applications for an open-rank tenure-track or tenured position to begin in August 2020. This individual will be primarily responsible for teaching in the new Master of Fine Arts program in Film, Television, and Digital Media. Salary is competitive.


The Franklin College is seeking an individual to teach a range of courses on directing, producing, and/or writing for the screen. The successful applicant will teach in at least two of the following areas: screenwriting, directing, post-production, and producing long- form narratives for traditional, digital, streaming, or emerging distribution channels. Service on department, college, and university committees is expected.


All candidates must have an MFA or Ph.D. in film studies, media studies, communication, or a related discipline and five years of significant industry experience and accomplishments in one or more of the following areas: producing, writing, directing, and/or post-production for the screen.

The selected candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor. For requirements for appointment at each rank, see pages 21-23 of the UGA Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure: be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as an associate or full professor, have been tenured at a prior institution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation to the institution. Candidates must be approved for tenure upon appointment before hire.

To Apply

This program is a collaboration between the Franklin College and the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and is a first of its kind at the University of Georgia. UGA’s Grady College also invites applications for a professor-of-practice (clinical faculty ranks), assistant professor, or associate professor position for this program. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to both positions.

Applications for the Franklin College position must be submitted online at
The Grady College link is
The MFA Film program will begin in fall 2020. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Richard Neupert, Department of Theatre and Film Studies, 203 Fine Arts Building, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602-3154, (706) 542-2084 or neupert@uga.eduPersons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ( Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

The Franklin and Grady Colleges, their departments, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.

More about the Department, College, and University

The Department of Theatre and Film Studies is a unit of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. It offers B.A. degrees in Film Studies and in Theatre, plus a Film Studies Minor, and additional MFA degrees in Acting, Design & Technology, and Dramatic Media (including Computer Animation and Motion Capture), as well as a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies. The department encompasses the applied and scholarly study of a wide range of media, including stage, film, and 3D computer animation. Find out more at

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff.

The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students, including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. Athens is a vibrant, diverse community that is consistently rated as one of the nation’s best college towns. 

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