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Journalism Entertainment & Media Studies

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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The Department of Entertainment and Media Studies (EMST) together with the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, and the Department of Journalism constitutes the units of the Grady College. EMST is home to media scholars working in a variety of theoretical and methodological traditions. It administers the undergraduate major in Entertainment & Media Studies, which teaches visual storytelling focused on entertainment. The major consists of a required core of four classes focused on storytelling (introduction, production, writing, narrative theory). Elective classes provide students with opportunities to deepen their skills in areas such as documentary, advanced production, advanced writing, and advanced research. All courses in this major are informed by a media-studies pedagogy—which includes integration of theory and practice and attention to issues of culture, power, identity along with media uses and effects.
Augmenting the department programs is the presence of the Peabody Awards, the oldest and most prestigious awards program that recognizes excellence in broadcast and electronic media. In addition, significant experiential learning opportunities exist through the Cannes Film Festival Study Abroad Program, and the Grady L.A. Summer Study Program. The major and its programs position students for jobs in the entertainment media industry across, film, television, gaming and other new media.
The New Media Institute (NMI) is located within the department but as an interdisciplinary certificate-granting unit available to students throughout the university. It is dedicated to the innovative exploration of digital media technology. Through the NMI’s New Media Interdisciplinary Certificate Program, students of any major can develop new media expertise. Students are required to complete 17 credit hours to earn the certificate. Certificate courses are hands-on and highly interactive, providing students a foundation of skills and knowledge that prepare them to respond to changes in technology throughout their careers. The NMI is located on the fourth floor of the Journalism Building with a great view of UGA’s historic North Campus.
Learn more about the Grady College at www.grady.uga.edu. Georgia is well known for its quality of life, and for outdoors, urban, cultural and arts activities. http://www.exploregeorgia.org

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Benefits Eligible

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Salary is competitive

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

In the cover letter, applicants should address how their teaching, service and work has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in the film and entertainment industries. Applicants who may not yet have had that experience should explain how their work will further the College’s commitment to inclusion.
Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Full consideration with be given to applicants whose materials are received by April 18, 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact Professor Booker T. Mattison, Assistant Professor of Entertainment and Media Studies, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-3018; [email protected]

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Academic (9 mo.)

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Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

Terminal degree in a disciplinary area related to the position’s responsibilities

Position Summary:

The Grady College at the University of Georgia invites applications for a lecturer position in Entertainment and Media Studies to begin August 2021. Grady College recognizes that diversity empowers excellence in our core missions of teaching, research and service and that it is supported by actively ensuring underrepresented voices are heard and varied experiences are valued.

Appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Learn more about the UGA Lecturer rank and guidelines at https://provost.uga.edu/policies/appointment-promotion-and-tenure/guidelines-for-appointment-and-promotion-of-lecturers.

Additional Requirements:

MFA or PhD in film, mass communication, media production, media studies or related field. All candidates must have at least one year of experience in teaching production courses at the university level. Candidates with an MA degree in a related field and at least three years of significant professional experience and accomplishments in cinematography or related areas will be considered. Such candidates must be approved for a terminal-degree exception before hire.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Applicants with adjacent areas of expertise, in pre- and post-production will also be considered. Applicants who can demonstrate a background teaching a range of production classes, skills in both basic and advanced production, and knowledge of current industry standards and practices are also preferred. A demonstrated commitment to work with students of all backgrounds and with students holding a range of worldviews is valued.

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Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


We seek an individual to teach courses in television and film production with a preferred emphasis in cinematography (cameras and lighting). Service on department, college and university committees is expected. This position is eligible for reappointment and is primarily a teaching position with a 3/3 load.

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Posted: 4/8/2021
Application Due: 7/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time