Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor

Job description

The Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Denver invites applications for a one-year Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor position for the 2019-2020 academic year beginning Fall 2019. The position may be extended for an additional year, contingent on continued need and funding. Eligible candidates will have received a Ph.D. or M.F.A. The candidate will teach several sections of Introduction to Film Criticism and two Advanced Seminar courses. Preference is for seminars in either Indigenous, Latin American, Asian, African/American or Multiperspectival Cinema or Cinema and Inequalities. The successful candidate will teach eight courses over three quarters in the university-wide Common Curriculum ( The candidate must have training in and demonstrated capacity for teaching the majors Introduction to Film Criticism with its emphasis on classical Hollywood style

Position Summary

The Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies (MFJS) in the College 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.

Essential Functions

Teach six Introduction to Film Criticism classes and two Advanced Seminar classes to undergraduate students; advising and mentoring undergraduate students.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated expertise in critical race theory and intersectional approaches to film and society.
  • We are especially interested in candidates with a demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with diverse populations

Required Qualifications

  • An M.F.A. or Ph.D. in Communication or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience teaching film criticism in a film department.
  • Ability to teach advanced seminars in Indigenous Latin/Latin American, Asian/Asian American, African/African American, Global Cinema, or Multiperspectival Cinema or Cinema and Inequalities.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. C.V.
  2. Cover Letter
  3. A teaching statement including evidence of teaching excellence (such as a sample syllabus, summary of course or peer evaluations, etc)
  4. A list of references
  • A 2-4 page statement in which the candidate speaks about his/her experience with and commitment to inclusive excellence (see DU's statement at:
  • The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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




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    Job No: 005452
    Posted: 4/9/2019
    Application Due: 6/8/2019
    Work Type:
    Salary: Negotiable