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The Cinema & Media Studies Program at Boston University invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professorship in African-American Cinema, to commence July 1, 2021. Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. in Cinema & Media Studies, Black/African-American Studies or related field in hand by the time of appointment. We are interested in candidates with strong research profiles in the history, culture, politics and poetics of Black cinema in America, including but not limited to research on important Black filmmakers, genres, movements and filmmaking traditions, either within or beyond the confines of Hollywood; considerations of race, film historiography and the archive; explorations of linkages to international, Postcolonial and/or Black Diasporic cinematic traditions; theoretical work on race, performance, spectatorship and identification; intermedial work spanning film, television, digital media, photography, video games and visual art; and intersectional approaches to race, gender and sexuality. Candidates should have a robust record of research, as well as evidence of inclusive and innovative approaches to teaching.


To apply, please submit via by March 26th, 2021: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, diversity statement, writing sample (20-25p), and three letters of recommendation. Duties include a 2/2 teaching load at the undergraduate level. Courses will support interdisciplinary University programs in African-American Studies, American Studies as well as Cinema & Media Studies.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Boston University and in the Cinema & Media Studies Program. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job Location BOSTON, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


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What compelled the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to award Boston University a grant to fight newborn mortality in Zambia? Why did Martin Luther King, Jr. adopt BU as a place where he could hone his message of justice and equality? And what is the catalyst that prompts 32,557 students from 135 countries to call BU their home every semester? It’s in our DNA: an inherent desire in each of our students, faculty, and staff to vigorously and dauntlessly pursue knowledge—and embrace the unlimited possibilities that come with it.

A Community Unlike Any Other

As you can see below, it takes people, ideas, and a little luck (Boston, you’re our town) to make BU what it is today: one of the most dynamic universities in the world.

Celebrated thinkers: On any given day, students will find themselves mesmerized by Nobel Prize winners, a poet laureate, and the first biomedical engineer ever to receive a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award,” among others.

Extraordinary teaching: When a classroom starts to percolate with new ideas, it’s because our faculty of scholars and accomplished practitioners know how to ignite students’ imaginations. That’s why we reward our best teachers with BU’s most prestigious honor: The Metcalf Cup and Prize.

Groundbreaking research: With faculty dedicated to a creative, interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, BU has become a leading global research institution—propelled forward by over $350 million a year in sponsored program revenue.

World-class students: Elite students from all 50 states and 135 countries pursue higher education on BU campuses in Boston and at programs in L.A., D.C., and more than 30 other cities on six continents.

A city within a city: Today, 80% of our undergrads live on campus, which could explain the 525 student activity groups alone.

The greatest college town in the world: Boston. ’Nuff said.

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