Chair & Professor

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Department of Radio-Television-Film - Moody College of Communication - The University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin, TX
Open: Aug 14, 2017

The Department of Radio-Television-Film in the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin invites outstanding applicants for the position of Department Chair and tenured full Professor, holding an endowed professorship. The Chair will lead this highly-ranked department to new heights in teaching, research, production, and storytelling across numerous media platforms.

Reinventing the traditional "film school\u201d model dedicated primarily to filmmaking as a profession, the Department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) is one of the few top-ranking media programs in the country offering both media studies and media production through practical hands-on training. In 2014, RTF was ranked #1 in the nation in Media Studies by Education Portal. Hollywood Reporter ranked RTF 9th in the nation overall and 2nd in Production among public universities, while also naming it the 11th Best Film School in the U.S. in 2016.

Home to one of the most popular majors at UT Austin, RTF has approximately 1,000 undergraduate students working towards their B.S. in Radio-Television-Film. Approximately 160 graduate students are enrolled annually in programs leading to an M.F.A. in Film & Media Production or Screenwriting, or an M.A. or Ph.D. in Media Studies. With over 50 faculty members - both research-focused academics and professionals with deep industry roots - the department uniquely offers programs in both practical and theoretical areas covering all aspects of media production, history, and theory.

The breadth and depth of RTF's curriculum prepares graduates for a wide range of careers, including in directing, editing, producing, cinematography, special FX, game design, screenwriting, web design, marketing, policymaking, and academia. The department's network of outstanding alumni consists of Oscar, Emmy, Pulitzer, Peabody, and Cannes Cin\u00e9fondation winners, as well as scholars teaching and conducting research at top universities around the world.

RTF is one of the five highly regarded academic units of the Moody College of Communication, which is one of the largest and most comprehensive communication colleges in the country. The department benefits from innovative collaborations with the School of Journalism, the Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations, the Department of Communication Studies, and the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders. For more information, please visit

Applicants for this position should have (1) prior management experience in academia and/or media industries, (2) a firm commitment to collaborative and participatory leadership, (3) an innovative and inclusive vision for the future of the department, and (4) experience and expertise in one or more of RTF's areas of teaching and scholarship. Applicants must be eligible for appointment as a tenured full professor and must have a Bachelor's Degree with at least 15 years of academic and/or professional experience. A graduate degree such as an MFA and/or Ph.D. (or equivalent) in a relevant field is preferred but not required. Preference will be given to candidates who have: (1) a distinguished record of research, production, teaching, creative development, and/or management; (2) demonstrated ability to develop collaborative partnerships with companies, agencies, foundations, nonprofits, and other organizations; (3) a record of generating and raising external financial support; and (4) an understanding and appreciation of current and future media/technology trends and media industry operations.

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Application Instructions
The Moody College of Communication has engaged Opus Partners ( to support the recruitment of this position. Applicants are invited to email a PDF containing a brief letter describing their interest/qualifications and curriculum vitae/resume to: [email protected]. Nominations, recommendations, expressions of interest, and inquiries should be sent to the same address.

Applications received by September 30, 2017 will receive full consideration. UT policy requires that a background check be conducted on the selected candidate. All possible discretion will be exercised to maintain the privacy of applicants through the search process.

The Moody College of Communication is committed to achieving diversity in its faculty, students, and curriculum, and it strongly encourages applicants who can help achieve these objectives.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.





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Posted: 4/11/2018
Application Due: 6/10/2018
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