Northwestern University's Department of Radio/Television/Film seeks an outstanding Professor of Dramatic Writing (television writing/screenwriting/playwriting) to teach as part of our interdisciplinary MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage (www.write.northwestern.edu). We seek a writer with a national and international reputation, who has had an impact on the field with a substantial innovative body of work, and with a particular emphasis on underrepresented and LGBTQ+ voices.
We welcome candidates who work across different media - we have strong ties to the Department of Theatre, the Department of Performance Studies, and the Department of Communication Studies.
Preferred Start Date: September 1, 2022
1. MFA degree (or equivalent professional experience)
2. At least one year of teaching at the University Level
3. Substantial writing credits in Television/Film/Theatre
• Teaching classes in the RTVF dramatic writing curriculum
• Serving as a core faculty member of the MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage
• Admissions and recruitment for the MFA program
• Service to the Department of Radio/TV/Film
Salary: Competitive, depending on qualifications and experience.
Application procedure: Applications will only be accepted via online submission to our faculty recruiting system. For full consideration, please include the following materials in your application: a cover letter describing your work and your teaching, a CV, at least one full-length play/screenplay/teleplay (writing sample), and three contacts for letters of recommendation. Forward questions regarding the position to Search Committee Chair Zayd Dohrn. For fullest consideration, applicants should submit materials to by December 1, 2021. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
The School: The School of Communication has five departments and offers a suite of interdisciplinary undergraduate, professional, and graduate programs. The departments span the communication arts and sciences including the Department of Radio-Television- Film, the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Department of Communication Studies, the Department of Performance Studies, and the Department of Theatre (which includes music theatre and dance). The faculty of over 180 includes 102 tenure-track faculty. The school offers instruction to roughly 1000 undergraduate majors and 650 graduate and professional students. Founded over 135 years ago, the School has been a leader in developing the communication disciplines and professions, and continues to be a center of excellence in the communication arts and sciences. Our current Dean is E. Patrick Johnson.
The University: Northwestern University is one of the nation’s largest private research universities. Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the main campus is in Evanston and the medical campus is 12 miles south in downtown Chicago. There is continuing expansion of University facilities and programs, particularly in the sciences and medicine. Diverse cultural, social, and recreational activities abound on and near each campus.
Closing Date: Ongoing until position is filled. Review of applications will begin immediately.
The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.
Northwestern University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and does not discriminate against qualified individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected class. Individuals from all diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. For more information, please visit the University’s Policy on Institutional Equity.