Assistant Professor, Film/Media Studies & Production

Denver, USA, Colorado
Oct 06, 2017
University of
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
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 departments 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 seeks a candidate for a tenure-track position to start in fall 2018 who will contribute to the teaching and research/creative work in the departments film studies and production major and minor and to the common curriculum of the university. We are interested in a candidate who demonstrates a commitment to the teacher/scholar or teacher/creator model and is dedicated to advancing a teaching, research or creative agenda related to exploring race/ethnicity, gender, inequalities, and/or social change. The search is open in terms of a researchers methodologies, theoretical and/or creative approaches.

Essential Functions

  • Teaching: Teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in film/television/media studies and/or history to cover needs in the common curriculum, including Introduction to Film Criticism, freshman seminars, and advanced seminars from feminist/multicultural perspectives. Periodically teach core courses in film/television/media theory with a race, inequality, and/or social change focus. The normal teaching load is 5 courses spread across 3 academic quarters in an academic year, prior to receipt of tenure. After tenure, a full teaching load is 6 courses spread across 3 academic quarters in an academic year. We are especially interested in candidates who can bring a multicultural perspective and focus on issues of social inequality and/or race/ethnicity.
  • Research or Creative Work: A research/creative agenda dedicated to studies of media, film and/or television with a focus on race/ethnicity, gender, social inequalities, and/or social change is preferred. The university also values community engaged research and public scholarship.
  • Service: Participate in departmental, division and university faculty governance through committee service and meeting participation. Advise undergraduate and graduate students. Participate in national and/or international scholarly or creative networks and organizations.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or MFA in media or film studies or a related field by July 1, 2018.
  • 3 years of teaching experience in introductory film studies courses with outstanding teaching evaluations.
  • A publication or creative work record with promise for a continued successful research/creative work trajectory.
  • Ability to maintain active research, public scholarship, and/or creative work agenda while teaching courses that advance conceptual/theoretical approaches and engaging in service for the department, unit, university, and discipline.
  • Ability to teach core courses in film/television/media theory with a race/ethnicity, gender, inequality, and/or social change focus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research agenda dedicated to studies of media and race/ethnicity, gender, inequalities, and/or social change.
  • Ability to teach video or film writing and/or production courses from multicultural perspectives.
  • Community engaged research or public scholarship.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin on October 26, 2017. Applications will continue to be reviewed until position is filled.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Renee Botta at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of 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.

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 5 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ 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.