Faculty - Media Studies

Abu Dis, Palestine
Mar 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Now in its eighth year of operation, Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (AQB) is an innovative program introducing a liberal arts undergraduate education to the West Bank, with an enrollment of 270 students in 2016-2017. AQB is a rigorous program, culminating in a two-semester independent senior project, which is generally a demanding research paper of 45 pages for more. Graduates of AQB receive dual degrees: a BA from Al-Quds University and from Bard College (New York). 

AQB has a full-time opening in Media Studies beginning in the fall 2017 semester, renewable contingent upon successful review and funding. We seek faculty whose teaching methods are student-centered, involving students in active discussion and group tasks to develop their reading, writing, speaking, production, and critical thinking skills in English. The candidate should be able to teach a broad array of media studies courses. Training in film, visual culture, or media studies is required. Full-time faculty teach three courses per semester, supervise a minimum of two senior projects, and are assigned a group of advisees, to whom they provide academic guidance throughout the year. Faculty are expected to engage in community service to contribute to the development of AQB. This includes, but is not limited to, participation in academic committees, moderation boards, faculty development workshops, and faculty meetings.

We seek a faculty person who is truly interdisciplinary—someone who will creatively and intellectually challenge the standard tropes of the media studies mode.  AQB seeks candidates with a broad perspective who can build upon the various course offerings now in place and develop a coherent and identifiable agenda for theoretically driven productions.

Required qualifications:

  • Expertise in two or more of the following areas: film and media art history, lens-based production, visual cultures, and media theory
  • A graduate degree in a relevant field
  • Successful teaching experience, as demonstrated by student evaluations, syllabi, and references
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of the College to provide student-centered teaching, foster critical thinking, and incorporate writing throughout the curriculum
  • Fluent in English, ability to speak Arabic is a plus

Preferred qualifications:

  • PhD in Film, Visual Cultures, or Media Studies or substantial coursework in a relevant field at the PhD level, including practice-based PhDs in the Fine Arts
  • Successful experience teaching in a liberal arts context
  • Ability to teach a wide range of courses, from e.g. Digital Media Lab, Introduction to Media Studies, History of Film and Media Art, Documentary Theory and Practice, Philosophy of Art, to Installation Art etc.
  • An understanding of the political and cultural context in Palestine is a plus

To apply, submit a CV; a cover letter that addresses your interest and background as it relates to this position; evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as student evaluations and syllabi; and three letters of reference through Interfolio.com at:  http://apply.interfolio.com/41190

Applications will be reviewed starting in April 2017. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity.