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Adjunct Instructor - Institute for Documentary Filmmaking, GWU

Organization: The Documentary Center, GWU
Date Posted: 9/25/2019
Date Needed: 1/1/2020
City: Washington
Location: District of Columbia
Country: United States
Primary Category: All UFVA Job Listings
Salary: $6,000.00 yearly

Description & Details





The Documentary Center at the George Washington University seeks a Theory and Technique Co-Instructor for the spring and summer terms 2020 for the Institute for Documentary Filmmaking, a graduate certificate program in documentary filmmaking.  Now in its 30th year, The Documentary Center is one of the few programs in the US exclusively devoted to teaching the non-fiction form. 

For more information about the Center and its programs, go to:

The Theory and Technique Co-Instructor is an integral member of the teaching team for the Institute and his or her expertise provides both conceptual and hands-on experiences for the 18 graduate students who matriculate in this intensive 6-month program. The co-instructor splits teaching responsibilities with program director, Nina Seavey, during the 6 graduate credits spring program as well as the 3 graduate credits first summer term, 2020. Term of service is January 14, 2020 – June 30, 2020.

The Theory and Technique Co-Instructor is responsible for:  

  • Lecture-based content instruction in various documentary genres dependent upon expertise.
  • Video Production Instruction (Camera, simple three-point lighting, and location sound recording and mixing) in both intensive workshop and regular classroom setting beginning in late February and continuing through March.  Instruction is interwoven with conceptual and theoretical instruction, which both complement and augment the technical principles.
  • Post-Production Instruction in Adobe Premiere Editing platform (including editing, sound mixing, color correction, and graphics) in both an intensive workshop and regular classroom setting beginning in late March and continuing through April. 
  • Must be able to instruct students with variable abilities - beginning, intermediate, and advanced abilities - simultaneously in small-group settings. 
  • Supervise all student production and editing exercises including evaluating student work and performance individually and in a group including oral, written narrative, and grade-based feedback.
  • Supervise and manage instructional aides and teaching assistants in the executing workshops and classroom sessions as well as in-the-field production exercises.
  • Must have a working knowledge of all technical and IT requirements and methodologies that interface production and post-production functions.
  • Provides daily hands-on support in the finishing processes of color correction, sound mixing, and output for public presentation to ensure a successful student showcase of finished films.
  • Provides story-based, content-driven commentary (oral, written, and grade-based feedback) on story development and its intersection with any and all technical requirements involved.
  • Works with the principal instructor on a daily basis in providing content guidance and technical support once the students begin the two-month production cycle (early May through June 30), including, but not limited to the full production cycle and post-production editing.
  • Provides daily feedback to students on story development and integrates new technical and production-related support as needs continually arise in the evolving production environment based on student story selection.
  • Must have strong sense of documentary storytelling so as to both respond to student inquiries, pitches, and conceptual learning as they all relate to technical requirements and execution in the field.
  • Works in all senses as a partner with the principal instructor so as to provide a robust technical, intellectual, and conceptual learning experience in documentary production for every student.
  • Must be willing to be on call 24/7 during both the intensive instructional and production phases of the program in order to troubleshoot technical issues as they arise so that student work can continue unimpeded.  

    Previous teaching experience at the college or university level is required.   

    MFA in Documentary Filmmaking or related field is preferred. Intensive experience in production and post-production environments with full documentary-style production credits is required.   

    Must be available to teach two intensive weekend workshops – first workshop is scheduled for February 28 – March 1, 2020 in camera, lighting and sound.  Second workshop is scheduled for April 3, 2020 - April 5, 2020 in Adobe Editing.  

    Compensation is competitive with university pay scales in a team-taught environment.  This position serves at the discretion of the Dean, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.  

Nina Gilden Seavey  Director

The Documentary Center, GWU  

Questions about this position can be sent to this e-mail address.  No phone calls please.  


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