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Screenwriting & Transmedia Storytelling

York University
Toronto (City), Ontario
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Screenwriting & Transmedia Storytelling, Department of Cinema and Media Arts, The School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University


The Department of Cinema and Media Arts (CMA) in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) at York University invites highly qualified applicants for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Screenwriting & Transmedia Storytelling at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2023.


Since its founding as the first University film department in Canada, the Department of Cinema and Media Arts (CMA) has continuously evolved its curriculum, technical resources, and industry alliances to remain relevant and influential in one of the most rapidly growing and changing of all creative, technical, and academic fields. In addition to programs in Film Production and Media Arts, CMA offers the only BFA in Screenwriting in Canada and is the only Cinema/Film Department with an MFA in Screenwriting in Canada. York’s CMA Department has always been a leader in building technical competence and professional skills, while emphasizing the development of the creative, social, and personal abilities of our students as image-makers, storytellers, activists, collaborators, and as future leaders in the film and digital media landscape with a strong integration of theory and practice.


Candidate Qualifications:

  • Degree: MFA/MA or professional equivalent (such as BFA with a substantial record of professional experience in screenwriting), and a substantial record of ongoing creative activity in the area of dramatic screenwriting, cinema and/or digital production, or a closely related field professional or equivalent. We acknowledge that within higher education in Canada, traditional or conventional academic pathways in research can reinforce biases in the filling of faculty posts. We encourage applications that may not fit all of the following qualifications and that challenge our ideas of teaching, scholarship, and creative research/production. We are particularly interested in colleagues who bring experience in facilitating equity, diversity, and inclusion practices within their teaching and which may include contexts outside of academia, including artistic praxis, collaborative, and community-based work.
  • Research/Creative Expertise:

Clearly articulated program of research and/or creative specialization in: dramatic screenwriting preferably in both current (i.e., writing and producing for serial television, feature films) and future-oriented (interactive, transmedia, immersive, web) media. Showrunning experience is an asset. Articulated experience in: filmmaking, including being on-set and working in collaboration with directors and actors in short narrative fiction and/or feature films, television, and future-oriented media. Engaged in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded creative practice or research at the highest level. Candidates are invited to provide evidence of creative or research excellence, or promise of creative or research excellence, of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in: the submitted research/professional practice statement; a record of fictional screenwriting, digital and transmedia production which may include significant screenings with major broadcasters, festival presentations, awards and accolades, industry related activities, and strong recommendations from referees of high standing. (Note that full letters of reference will only be solicited from shortlisted candidates.)

  • Teaching:

Evidence of excellence, or promise of excellence in teaching, may be provided through: the submitted teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations in such areas as experiential education and technically enhanced learning (i.e., interactive screenwriting, multi-platform storytelling); advanced screenwriting workshops, filmmaking, and the inherent collaborative practice, teaching evaluations (where available); strong letters of reference (shortlisted candidates only). We invite applications that demonstrate excellence or clear promise of excellence in teaching university-level courses, a strong commitment to pedagogy and student success, and the capacity to bring both a theoretical and practical orientation to learning and program design in the area of Screenwriting & Transmedia Storytelling. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach a range of courses in the Department’s Screenwriting areas and to engage energetically in administering the program collegially in Department governance. This will include supervising graduate students, and generating national and international academic, community, and industry partnerships. We welcome a wide-ranging and inclusive approach to story and storytelling including critical race, post-colonial, Indigenous, Feminist, and other critical approaches to storytelling. A record of professional experience collaborating with IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, People of Colour) artists and communities is a significant asset. Suitability for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, given that the position will involve graduate teaching and supervision. Applicants will teach a range of courses in the Department’s Screenwriting BFA and MFA programs.

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