Assistant Professor of Social Justice Filmmaking

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Assistant Professor of Social Justice Filmmaking

Job Description Summary, Duties and Responsibilities, Required Qualifications and Preferred Qualifications:

The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by October 1, 2022.

The Department of Film/Media at the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island invites applicants for a tenure-line faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Social Justice Filmmaking, to begin fall 2023.


The Department of Film/Media in the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island invites applications for a tenure-line faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor for a filmmaker/editor with a record of work that addresses issues of race, social and/or economic inequity and social justice.

We seek a filmmaker who demonstrates the ability to develop a sustained creative filmmaking agenda especially in the areas of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) – specifically in regards to race, gender, and sexuality.

The candidate will be immersed in producing their own creative work, demonstrating a mastery of in-depth technical skills, aesthetic sensibilities, and all-around production knowledge, with an emphasis on editing theory and practice. The successful candidate must have a strong record of instructional and mentoring experience, established technical proficiency, as well as experience and interest in course development. A solid record of achievement at notable Film Festivals or other national distribution channels is expected. Post-production expertise should include the ability to teach current workflows and non-linear editing platforms such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid, DaVinci Resolve, and Pro Tools, After Effects, Logic Pro, VFX, Green Screen, Color Grading, and post-production sound mixing.

The candidate will demonstrate the ability to develop a sustained creative filmmaking agenda, and the capacity to assume advising duties, including mentoring and advising students working on advanced level production projects, advising students on academic matters, participating in departmental activities such as portfolio review and senior showcase, and interfacing with the media industry and related fields.

The Harrington School of Communication and Media is a leader in communication and media research and education. Administratively housed within the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college at the University of Rhode Island, the Harrington School is home to programs in communication studies, digital media, film/media, journalism, library and information studies, public relations, sports media and communication, and writing and rhetoric.The ideal candidate for this position will be joining an engaging community of 65 full-time faculty, 100 part-time instructors, and 1,350 undergraduate and graduate students, and will teach and work with students in our new state-of-the-art communication and media hub and broadcast center.

The University of Rhode Island is conveniently located near the State’s famous beaches, one mile from an Amtrak station connecting to Boston and New York City, 20 miles from T.F. Green International Airport, and 30 miles from Providence, Rhode Island.

We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented people of color, especially underrepresented women, trans, and non-binary applicants of color.


Deliver and develop introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in film production and post-production; engage in scholarly research and/or creative work; advise and mentor students; and engage in professional service contributing to the Department’s governance.


Perform other duties as required, including professional service to the Harrington School of Communication and Media.


  1. M.F.A (Ph.D. or other terminal degree) in film/video production or a related field; or commensurate experience in editing films for significant film festivals or national broadcasts; or a minimum 10 years substantial professional production experience with an emphasis on editing and post-production processes (FX, color correction) in narrative, independent, experimental, corporate, production house, or post production facility.

  2. Demonstrated ability to sustain a significant scholarly or creative agenda, primarily in the areas of race, social and/or economic inequity and social justice [JEDI].

  3. Demonstrated technical knowledge of digital media software and applications.

  4. Demonstrated experience instructing or mentoring others in production and post-production processes.

  5. Demonstrated teaching ability in workshop and instructional settings in digital editing, field shooting and lighting, cinematography, digital filmmaking, and/or corporate/commercial media.

  6. In-depth knowledge of non-linear editing systems and professional production workflows.

  7. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

  8. Demonstrated strong oral communication skills.

  9. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication.
  1. A minimum of three years of university teaching experience.

  2. Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver courses at the undergraduate level in film/video and digital media production, film/digital filmmaking and critical studies of film.

  3. Demonstrated evidence of seeking and securing funding for research or creative work.

  4. Working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, specifically Premiere, After Effects, and Photoshop, Davinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Audition, Pro Tools, Maya (or Cinema 4D or Blender), Nuke, and Illustrator.



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Academic Year, Full-time, Tenure-track, Permanent


Film Studies


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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach the following 5 (PDF) documents to your online Faculty Employment Application:

(#1) Cover letter including a description of how your qualifications match the requirements for the position, with special attention given to how you address JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, ad inclusion) in your teaching, creative work, and research (as one complete pdf document).

(#2) Curriculum vitae which includes the names and contact information for three academic or professional references (as one complete pdf document).

(#3) Evidence of teaching/instruction effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations of teaching, peer/supervisor reviews, teaching awards), as one complete pdf document.

(#4) Research/Artist’s statement.

(#5) Professional reel or portfolio: maximum 25 minutes.

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