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Assistant Professor in Cinema Production

Organization: The University of Tennessee
Date Posted: 9/22/2019
Date Needed: 8/1/2020
City: Knoxville
Location: Tennessee
Country: United States
Primary Category: All UFVA Job Listings

Description & Details

The University of Tennessee seeks a filmmaker -- including, but not limited to, a director, producer, editor, or other artist whose creative work is grounded in cinema -- to join the School of Art and its Cinema Studies program. Our ideal applicant will teach production courses, including introductory digital cinema/video, editing, and/or advanced courses in one or more of the individual’s area(s) of expertise – including, but not limited to: non-fiction production, producing, editing/post-production, cinematography, episodic (web or television), etc.

Tenured and tenure-track professors at the School of Art teach two classes a semester and are expected to maintain a creative practice with national recognition. Salary and research support are competitive.

Responsibilities include active participation in departmental organization, student mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and committees that support the educational mission and initiatives of the Cinema Studies program, the School of Art and the University, including MFA thesis committees.

Required qualifications: MFA or other terminal degree. Demonstration of extraordinary professional achievement may be considered in lieu of terminal degree. Applicants must demonstrate an active creative practice by a strong record of exhibition at film festivals or other curated venues (e.g., museums, cinematheques, commercial distribution, galleries, etc.), and/or through other creative activity.

Preferred qualifications: Applicants should be conversant in issues of aesthetics and theories related to their field and demonstrate their commitment to excellence in teaching at the college level.

Women and people of diverse identity are encouraged to apply. The School of Art reaffirms the immeasurable contribution of diversity to the arts and seeks in its programming and activities to incorporate diverse perspectives. Furthermore, we assume our responsibility to ensure a welcoming and conscientious environment for everyone. We recognize that exposure to all forms of diversity is essential to facilitating a creative artistic and academic environment.

The selected individual will join the dynamic, internationally recognized artists, filmmakers, scholars and historians that serve as faculty members in Art and Cinema Studies. The School of Art features nationally-ranked graduate programs and the University’s recently-launched Cinema Studies major is one of the College of Arts and Sciences fastest-growing interdisciplinary programs. UT Knoxville is the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system and a Carnegie doctoral research extensive university with over 21,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students from over 100 countries.

Knoxville has a vibrant arts scene, a lively downtown, affordable housing, and is home to significant companies in the film and television industry (Discovery Communications, Regal Cinemas, etc.). Less than an hour’s drive to the Great Smoky Mountains, the city is also home to 1000 forested acres of urban wilderness, the Knoxville Museum of Art, and Big Ears, the acclaimed avant-garde festival of music, film, and art.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

How to Apply / Contact

Review of applications will begin November 15 and continue until the position is filled.

Please send CV, cover letter, a teaching philosophy statement, names and contact information of 3 references, and link(s) to a portfolio of recent work. If an online portfolio is not available please provide a reasonable alternative.

Email application materials with links (PDF preferred) with the heading “Cinema Studies Search” to Stephanie Phillips, sphill36@utk.edu. Phone contact (865) 974-3407.

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