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Assistant Professor, Academic General Faculty - Film & Foundations

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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The Studio Art Program in the Department of Art at the University of Virginia invites applications from artists whose creative work focuses on film production for an appointment as Assistant Professor on the academic general faculty (teaching track). This is a three-year, tenure-ineligible teaching appointment with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon available funding, satisfactory performance, and need for the position. The anticipated start date for the position is August 25, 2022.

We seek artists with a robust artistic practice and exhibition record who are committed to teaching undergraduate students diverse perspectives as they explore a broad range of approaches to film and moving image practices. The faculty member will teach three courses per semester and contribute to the governance of the department. The Department of Art offers courses in 16mm and HD film production. The candidate will emphasize the standard technical aspect of beginning 16mm filmmaking such as motion picture camera control, exposures, lighting, and film editing. The curriculum’s emphasis is on introductory to advanced independent and artisanal approaches to filmmaking in the areas of experimental, fiction and documentary. These courses include technical, historical, and theoretical issues that apply to filmmaking and its relationship to the traditional visual arts. Working to further the department’s commitment to the role of studio art within a liberal arts education, the candidate will encourage students to explore contemporary conversations about art and film. They will educate students to address diverse and inclusive cultural contexts through artistic practice and its discourses. The ideal candidate will guide students in engaging with contemporary concepts and contexts as well as prepare majors to face challenges in their professional practices as contemporary artists.

The candidate will teach filmmaking from the introductory to advanced levels in addition to participating in the department’s foundations curriculum. The foundation course includes both two- and three-dimensional practices, providing an overview of the concepts, materials, and possibilities of studio art. It is a prerequisite to all subsequent studio courses, and it comprises three main areas: drawing (students learn observational drawing practices and how visual thinking connects with the hand), concepts (creative problem-solving skills and engagement with critical discourses), and digital skills (involving basic technical skills shared across media as well as digital tools for still and moving image and sound). Candidates for this position should be prepared to teach these important introductory courses in addition to their specialization in film.

The teaching artist will contribute to a vibrant undergraduate studio art program with excellent facilities for photography, sculpture, painting, filmmaking, digital media, and printmaking. The new colleague will join a department that includes studio artists, art historians, and archaeologists, and a willingness to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries is encouraged.

Requirements for the position include a relevant terminal degree (MFA or equivalent by May 2022), and an active exhibition history and evidence of current and ongoing creative practice. A range of teaching experiences at the undergraduate level is highly preferred. The ideal candidate will contribute to the diversity of the department by bringing a perspective, way of thinking, and/or a unique set of experiences that expand the conversations and practices in the medium and the field. We seek candidates with the knowledge and aptitude to teach and mentor students from diverse backgrounds.

Review of applications begins on March 21, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

To Apply:

Apply online at, search for requisition #R0033296, complete the application, and attach the following:

  • A cover letter addressing the candidate’s interest in the position and describing both current creative practice and teaching experience

  • A statement describing experience working with diversity and equity issues

  • Current curriculum vitae

  • A PDF document with links to a portfolio or reels (maximum of 15 minutes of clips of complete works) of representative personal creative work (attach to Portfolio/Creative Work).

  • Contact information for three references

All required documents must be uploaded in the resume box. Applications that do not have all the required documents will not receive full consideration.

At advanced stages of review, candidates may be asked to provide additional portfolio materials, including syllabi for courses taught and further documentation of creative practice and teaching experience.

Questions about this position should be directed to Kevin Everson at Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Melanie Sponaugle, Academic Recruiter, at

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