Assistant Teaching Professor – Film



Job description

Syracuse, NY

Job #: 074518

Location: Syracuse, NY

Pay Range: Commensurate w/ Experience

FLSA Status: Exempt

Job Type: Full-time

Rank: Assistant

Campus: Syracuse, NY

Job Description

The Department of Transmedia within the College of Visual and Performing Arts invites applications for a one academic year contract appointment as Non-Tenure-Track Assistant Teaching Professor in Film, to begin August 2019.

The successful candidate will teach a 3/3 load in the Film program. The faculty member will bring production expertise and industry connections directly to the classroom. The workload is generally split between (80%) teaching, (20%) service. For service, the faculty member will participate in committees in the department and help with student advising and community engagement.


MFA in Film or equivalent production experience.

We seek a filmmaker obsessed with producing his/her own work and with in- depth technical skills, aesthetic, and all- around production knowledge. The successful candidate must demonstrate excellent teaching skills, and technical proficiency. Skills in Post-Production and / or sound design are a bonus. We would also be interested in someone whose skills and knowledge include some areas of film studies. A solid record of achievement in film festivals or other distribution channels is expected. We welcome candidates who will diversify our curriculum and our faculty in regard to race, gender and ethnicity.

Job Specific Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of multiple modes of film production.
  • Thorough understanding of film production and post-production technology.
  • Thorough understanding of both independent and mainstream film production and post-production.


Successful candidate will fully participate in the life of the department and program and contribute to our educational mission.

About The College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University is committed to the education of cultural leaders who will engage and inspire audiences through performance, visual art, design, scholarship, and commentary. We provide the tools for self-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives on critical thought and action. To learn more about the college, our distinguished faculty, and our program, please visit our websites at

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How to apply

For full consideration, complete an online application and submit the following materials online:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Portfolio Website/ URL

In addition, applicants will be instructed to list name and email address of each reference (at least three). Reference letters will be requested directly from reference providers for finalists only.

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