Assistant Professor, Cinema and Television Arts

Chicago, Illinois
Nov 01, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Columbia College Chicago is searching for four tenure-track positions in a cluster hire focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to begin in Fall 2018. We will be searching for positions in History, Theatre, Cinema and Television, and Interactive Arts and Media. We seek individuals in these fields whose work specifically addresses the lives and experiences of communities of color in the United States, and whose work delves into an artistic or scholarly engagement that articulates the cultural productions and nuances of these communities and examines how their contributions and this body of knowledge can help expand our College’s curriculum. Each of the individuals hired in these positions, along with holding a faculty line in their respective departments, will work alongside the Dean of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to help expand the curricular offerings of the college and move forward our initiatives on DEI. For more information on the office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion please visit:

The Cinema and Television Arts Department seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Writing and Producing for Television and Film with an expertise on issues of race and culture. Candidates should have expertise in writing and producing in a variety of areas in television and cinema, and experience with writing in a broad range of forms including but not limited to television drama, television comedy, sketch comedy, feature film, short film, and web series. Preference will be given to candidates with additional experience in scripted television and cinema producing and development, and with a deep understanding of convergent industry practices.

We seek candidates who can fundamentally enhance our curriculum by adding their expertise on issues of race and culture towards fostering a more diverse environment for developing stories, encouraging underrepresented voices, and providing mentoring and role models for an increasingly diverse student body who do not always see their stories represented on the large or small screen.

Candidates should have a demonstrated capacity for professional practice in their areas, teaching experience, and a willingness to help build curriculum. 

The Cinema and Television Arts Department is one of four departments in the School of Media Arts, which includes Audio Arts and Acoustics, Communication, and Interactive Arts and Media. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Teach undergraduates in the area of television and cinema writing and / or producing / development courses in various genres and forms.Courses taught within a typical semester include up to three courses in the curriculum. Potential for graduate teaching.
  • Serve on college and departmental committees.
  • Mentor students within the major.
  • Help develop new curriculum in Cinema and Television, in current forms and in new and emerging media forms.
  • Coordinate courses in the area of specialty, as necessary.
  • Engage, with distinction, in creative and/or scholarly activities in the field asappropriate for a tenure-track faculty appointment.


  • MFA or terminal degree in media writing / producing or a related field is required.
  • Significant depth in creative endeavor, exhibition, or research expected, in at least one of the following areas as related to media: Television writing, Cinema writing, Television producing, Cinema producing, creative production of television programs, films, series, web series, or other forms of programming, or scholarly research in these areas.
  • Demonstrated record of teaching on topics relevant to the position.

To ensure consideration, applicants should submit the following as one document (.doc .docx or .pdf):

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  •  of Teaching Philosophy
  • Sample Publication (if appropriate)


Candidates considered for interviews will be asked to provide three letters of reference and evidence of successful teaching at the time of invitation.

Review of applications will begin November, 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.

We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.

Additional Information

Position subject to a background screening.

This is a non-union position.

Candidates from underrepresented minority groups and who have a strong commitment to enhancing diversity in academia and an interest in mentoring diverse students from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Columbia College Chicago is an EEO Employer