Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor in Film

Denver, USA, Colorado
Apr 18, 2017
University of
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Four-Year Institution

The Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies (MFJS) in the Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Denver offers students a robust understanding of the role of the media in contemporary society. With its emphasis on developing strong communication skills across various platforms and its grounding in the critical evaluation of media practices, the department's offerings prepare students for the pursuit of excellence in the constantly evolving media, film, and journalism professions. The Department offers undergraduate degrees in film studies and production, journalism studies, media studies, and strategic communication (public relations). At the graduate level, the Department offers a master of arts in media and public communication (strategic communication or media and globalization emphasis) and a master of arts in international and intercultural communication.

Position Summary

The Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies at the University of Denver is seeking a non-tenure track, one-year visiting teaching assistant professor who will teach Introduction to Film Criticism (6 sections of 30 students), one Advanced Seminar course and one First Year Seminar. The position may be extended for an additional year, contingent on continued need and funding. Eligible candidates will have received a Ph.D. in film or related field.

Essential Functions

  • Teaching Description
    • The successful candidate will teach eight courses over three quarters.
    • This position is scheduled to teach Introduction to Film Criticism (6 sections over Fall, Winter and Spring quarters), and one candidate designed Advanced Seminar course.
    • Other teaching responsibilities include one candidate-designed First-Year Seminar and advising and mentoring of these students throughout the year.
  • Research, Scholarship, or Creative Work
    • The university values community engaged research and public scholarship.
    • Up to 10% of the candidates time is expected to be devoted to scholarship and/or creative research.
  • Service
    • Participate in departmental faculty governance through committee service and meeting participation.
    • Advise undergraduate students.
    • Participate in national and/or international scholarly or creative networks and organizations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to maintain active research, public scholarship, and/or creative work agenda while teaching courses that cross between professional skills and conceptual/theoretical approaches and engaging in service for the department, unit, university, and discipline.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with diverse populations.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in film, media studies, mass communication, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of undergraduate teaching experience in film criticism.

Work Schedule

To be coordinated with department chair.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Monday, May 8, 2017.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. This position is expected to begin September 1, 2017.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of three references
  4. List of courses taught
  5. Teaching and research/creative work statements
  6. A 3-5 page essay in which the candidate speaks about his/her experience with and commitment to inclusive excellence.

PLEASE NOTE: The online application system is limited to uploading 5 files total. Please combine content (clearly labeled) if necessary to upload all required content.

If you have questions regarding this position please contact: Lynn Clark at

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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