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Filmmaking Professor

Organization: Woodbury University
Date Posted: 9/23/2019
Posted By: George Larkin
Date Needed: 8/16/2020
City: Burbank
Location: California
Country: United States
Primary Category: All UFVA Job Listings

Description & Details

Position: Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Filmmaking

Type of Position: Full-Time Ranked Renewable Term

Woodbury University’s School of Media, Culture & Design (MCD) invites applications for a full-time professor of Filmmaking in digital film and media production with an expected start date of August 16, 2020. Faculty rank and salary are commensurate with degrees held as well as teaching and professional experience. Woodbury’s full-time faculty ranked positions are based on contracts rather than tenure.

Contract renewal and rank advancement are contingent on satisfying departmental and university criteria, which include effective teaching, meaningful engagement with the disciplines and profession through creative work and/or scholarship, and service to the university.

The successful candidate will cover the full range of duties associated with teaching, including, but not limited to, preparing course material; creating and posting course syllabi; presenting material during the assigned course times; holding office hours and providing appropriate out-of-class time for students; responding to student e-mails; conducting and grading assessments of students through assignments, exams, and other means, in a timely manner; and submitting final grades. Course appointments may require instruction during the day, on evenings, on weekends, or online. Faculty are also active participants in student advising, curricular development, assessment of learning outcomes, identifying internship opportunities, promoting the department, and student recruitment activities. Responsibilities may include involvement in off-campus activities and occasional evening or weekend duties.


 1.       The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to teach at multiple levels in media production and post-production, including hands-on classes in cinematography (primarily on Canon and Sony cameras), directing, editing (in Premiere), grip and electrical work, and basic safety skills.

 2.       A Bachelor’s degree is required. A terminal degree is preferred (an MFA in film production or film-related discipline) and preference will be given to candidates with an existing record of professional experience in film production and with a strong knowledge of current and future production tools and technology. Experience with underrepresented communities is also valued. Our school emphasizes collaboration both within individual departments and in conjunction with other academic departments in the school.

3.       The ideal candidate will have produced a strong body of work that reflects a high degree of filmmaking production knowledge, and a reel that demonstrates expertise in production, directing, and cinematography. A keen understanding of short-form filmmaking is essential, in addition to a strong grasp of all aspects of storytelling, from conceptualization to development to delivery.

Overview of Woodbury University

The School is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, and the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, NASAD. The program, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Filmmaking, is poised at an exciting juncture. It is currently home to over 100 students, and is growing annually. Our campus is strategically located near the major entertainment studios, including Disney, Warner Bros., and Universal, providing excellent opportunities for guest speakers, jurors, and internships. Woodbury University is a small, private, nonprofit university in Los Angeles. It was founded as Woodbury Business College in 1884 in downtown LA by educator and entrepreneur F. C. Woodbury. One of the first co-educational colleges in the West, Woodbury’s first class of students was roughly 50% male and 50% female. This commitment to diversity has remained one of Woodbury’s core principles. In 1937, Woodbury College moved to a new facility on Wilshire Blvd. New academic programs in design, architecture, liberal arts, and media were added to the curriculum as the school evolved, and Woodbury College became Woodbury University in 1974. In 1987, the University moved to its present home, a 22-acre campus in Northern Los Angeles straddling the boundary with the city of Burbank, on the site of a former convent. Woodbury University is now made up of four schools: The School of Business, School of Architecture, School of Media, Culture & Design, and the College of Liberal Arts. Woodbury University is a student-centered institution dedicated to transforming and preparing students for successful careers in the twenty-first century.

How to Apply / Contact



Applications are due by January 15, 2020. Candidates must submit:

 1.    A letter of application outlining experience in teaching, professional pursuits, and creative/research interests

2.    A Curriculum Vitae

3.    An artist’s statement and a teaching statement

4.    An online reel or links to 5 examples of selected streaming content of applicant’s production work

5.    Three professional letters of recommendation

Send materials to:

Human Resources Office

Woodbury University

7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.

Burbank, CA 91510-1052

Woodbury University is an EEO/AA institution committed to multicultural diversity in its peoples and programs.

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