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Assistant Professor of Time-Based Art/Cinema Studies, Fall 2023

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Assistant Professor of Time-Based Art/Cinema Studies, Fall 2023

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Oct 6, 2022

The University of Tennessee School of Art seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position in Time-based Art and Cinema Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor. Primary responsibilities include instruction of two courses each semester, an active creative research agenda, student mentorship, and service on area and departmental committees.  

The successful applicant will join the School’s internationally-recognized Time-based Art and Cinema Studies faculty and be expected to maintain an active professional creative practice informed by one or more of the following: animation; cinematography; narrative, non-fiction, or experimental video or film; performance art; interactive art; participatory or episodic storytelling; post-production; sound art; or other time-based art.  

The position will instruct School of Art undergraduate majors with a focus on our Time-based Art BFA and Cinema Studies BA. At the graduate level, the position will provide important contributions to and support for our Time-based Art MFA program through recruiting, mentoring, teaching area seminars, and serving on thesis committees.   

The School of Art is committed to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access that inform academic excellence. We affirm the immeasurable contributions of diversity to the arts, recognize that exposure to all forms of diversity is essential to facilitating a creative artistic and academic environment, and seek to incorporate diverse perspectives into all aspects of our program. We are committed to critically examining our structures, policies, and practices to ensure a welcoming and conscientious environment for everyone.  

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee seeks candidates with the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. The School of Art seeks to identify individuals whose research, teaching, and community engagement will contribute to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for its students, staff, and faculty. Women and people with diverse identities are encouraged to apply.  

Salary and benefits are competitive. The University of Tennessee offers an extensive benefits package that includes comprehensive health insurance, retirement, along with dozens more services. The successful candidate will be provided with an on-campus studio and research startup. The appointment will begin August 1, 2023.

The successful candidate will join the dynamic, internationally recognized faculty of artists, filmmakers, scholars, and historians in the School of Art’s and Cinema Studies’ programs. The School of Art offers BFA and BA degrees in Studio Art, a BA in Art History, and a BA in Cinema Studies. The School’s MFA program is consistently been ranked among the best in the nation. The recently-launched Cinema Studies major is one of the College of Arts and Sciences’ fastest-growing interdisciplinary programs. To learn more about the School of Art and Cinema Studies, please visit: 

UT Knoxville is the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system and a Carnegie doctoral research intensive university with over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students from over 100 countries. Knoxville has a vibrant arts scene, a lively downtown, and is home to significant companies in the film and television industry. Less than an hour’s drive to the Great Smoky Mountains, the city is also home to 1,000 forested acres of urban wilderness, the Knoxville Museum of Art, Tri-Star Arts, and Big Ears, the acclaimed avant-garde festival of music, film, and art. For more information on academic and personal support, and living in Knoxville, please see UT’s Prospective Faculty Viewbook: 


Required qualifications

  • MFA or other terminal degree at time of appointment hire date: 8/1/2023.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an active creative practice through a record of exhibitions, performances, commercial distribution, adjudicated screenings, curated venues (e.g., museums, galleries, film festivals, cinematheques, etc.), or other research/creative activities.
  • Applicants must have excellent communication skills.

Preferred qualifications

Applicants should be conversant with the aesthetic and theoretical issues in their field and have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in mentoring and teaching at the college level. 

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Application materials will be submitted online through the University’s Interfolio system ( Emailed or mailed applications will not be accepted.

Required materials include:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Single weblink to a portfolio of recent work.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy 
  • Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 3 professional references

Applicants are also invited to submit a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom.

Following the initial screening of applications, letters of reference will be requested for candidates that advance. Short-listed candidates will be scheduled for preliminary interviews via video conference.

Questions may be directed to Stephanie Phillips, [email protected], (865) 974-3407.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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