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Assistant Professor - VAPA, Film Studies

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO

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The Film Studies Program within the Department of Visual and Performing Arts within the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences is currently seeking a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor of Film Studies commencing with the Fall 2022 semester. The primary teaching assignment involves teaching introductory and core courses in Film Studies (i.e. courses focused on film history, the critical analysis of cinema & media, film theory, national cinemas, genre/auteur studies). The ideal candidate will have a research/creative work focus that further develops examination of film in a global context and/or underrepresented communities. The programmatic ethos of integration of theory and practice in film studies and the arts broadly is important to our faculty and a central focus of this new position. The position also includes curriculum development, participation in the shared governance process through work in normal professional activities, committee work, and student activities. The ideal candidate will be expected to help the continued growth and development of Film Studies. We expect that the new professor will bring enthusiasm in helping develop young filmmakers and film scholars through new class ideas, curriculum development and plans for creative collaboration across the department, the campus and the community.

Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. UCCS offers 53 undergraduate degree programs, 24 graduate degree programs, and 8 doctoral programs. UCCS is also home to the world’s only Bachelor of InnovationTM program, which allows our graduates to master multi-disciplinary skills and graduate ready to create real change in the world. UCCS was recently classified as a “High Research Activity” university by the Carnegie Foundation and takes pride in being the only higher education institution in southern Colorado that explicitly includes research as part of its mission. We have a strong focus in fueling student success by creating, using, and maintaining a multitude of offices – First Year Experience, Excel Centers, Academic Advising, and the Career Center just to name a few. Overall, UCCS is constantly focused of preparing our students to have success in the future, and we understand that every single employee on our campus has a significant effect on that focus.

The city, which was recently ranked as the number six Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report in 2021, known as Olympic City USA, rests at the base of Pikes Peak, the inspiration for the song “America the Beautiful” and a must-see for residents and visitors alike. The 14,115 foot summit is just one of dozens of area attractions, including scenic trains, museums, parks, a zoo and more. With a mild climate and 247 days of sunshine each year, the Springs boasts some of the state’s best recreation opportunities.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and authorized by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. For general information about UCCS, its programs, locations, students, faculty, and offerings, go to:

Job Duties: 

  • Teach a range of classes including Introduction to Film Studies, Narrative Film, Film Theory and courses in the area of specialization.

    • Teach entry level required courses such as Introduction to Film Studies and Narrative Cinema, in rotation with current faculty

    • Teach the Film Theory portion of the capstone sequence yearly.

  • Work with the Director of Film Studies in the continued development of the program.

  • Develop film and media courses that elevate underrepresented perspectives in the classroom, addressing the cultures and experiences of people of color in the United States especially through intersectional approaches to gender, race, ethnicity, and class

    • Propose and teach new film courses. An emphasis on global, post-colonial and/or film and filmmaking in and by underrepresented groups is desired.

  • Actively develop ideas to integrate inclusive pedagogy across the arts.

  • Develop and maintain ongoing research and scholarly activities

  • Collaborate with faculty to develop inclusive curriculum and coordinate/expand interdisciplinary collaborations and screening events with other VAPA programs and other departments on campus.

  • Engage in outreach, student mentoring, and involvement in student activities

  • Participate in service to the department, college, university, and local community

  • The ability to integrate and/or emphasize applied aspects of film and filmmaking is desirable.

  • Relationships:

    Relationships include the other programs within the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, the Heller Center for the Humanities and other departments within the College of Letters Arts and Sciences.

    Work Location: Typically on-site; position may be partially remote, based on the semester-to-semester need of the department, as determined by the supervisor.

    This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

    What We Offer: 

    Salary Range: Generally starting at $61,000-$63,000 per academic year

    The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty, and training.

    The University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers excellent benefits, some of which include:

      Medical insurance, with the lowest cost option being $0 to the employeeDental, Vision, Life and Disability insuranceMandatory retirement plans. Employees contribute 5% of their annual compensation. CU doubles that and contributes 10%Tuition Assistant Benefit available to you or a dependent Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of employmentFaculty Housing Assistance Program
    Tentative Search Timeline:

      The priority deadline for applications is 11:59 pm on April 1, 2022.

      The potential dates for first round interviews will be the week of April 11, 2022.

      The potential employee start date is August 15, 2022.

    The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

    UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physicaland environmental demands.

    Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

    The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

    Minimum Qualifications:

      Ph.D. in Film Studies or closely related field

      At least one year (2 semesters) of teaching experience teaching classes in introduction to film studies, film history (genre, national cinema, topics) and film theory

      Minimum of 2 years full-time equivalent teaching film at the post-secondary level

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • The ability to integrate and/or emphasize applied aspects of film and filmmaking is desirable. Experience working in/with applied filmmaking through scriptwriting, direction, production or other technical experience is a plus.

    • Demonstrated scholarship and publication records in one or more of the following fields: Black, Latinx, Asian-American, Indigenous, women’s, and LGBTQ cinemas and/or Global or Postcolonial cinemas.

    • Demonstrated commitment to developing and teaching an inclusive curriculum to a diverse student population.

    • Demonstrated potential for sustained growth and success in research, scholarly and creative activities.

    • Interest in the intersections between race or gender and emerging forms of digital culture or new media technologies.

    • Evidence of familiarity with emerging critical trends and inclusive pedagogical practices in the areas of film and media history and theory.

    Physical Requirements:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required move. Employee may occasionally be required to have long periods of sitting, moderate bending, moderate energy requirements and fine motor skills. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Colorado Springs
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Mar 8, 2022
    Unposting Date: Ongoing
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