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Assistant Professor of Screenwriting

Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, California
Reasonable expected salary: $75,000.00

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Arts & Humanities
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The Department of Screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television is searching for two accomplished screenwriter/educators with extensive professional experience to join our faculty.  Both are full-time, tenure-track positions with competitive salary and benefits.  The appointments would begin in Fall 2024. 

Degree and Teaching Experience: MFA. or terminal degree in screenwriting or a closely related field required. Interested applicants should have a minimum of three plus (3+) years of university level teaching experience.

Each successful candidate should have experience working in the industry (Hollywood, Independent, or International) and should have significant credits/experience in writing on at least two of the following platforms:

  • Domestic or global feature films
  • Cable or network television series
  • Streaming or digital/new media

The successful hire will teach courses in Screenwriting with a focus on developing and writing long form feature scripts and/or a focus on writing hour-long TV pilots. One or more of the following skill sets is highly desirable for each position: 

  • Adaptation, the process of adapting existing intellectual property to both film and television formats. 
  • One-act playwriting
  • Video-game writing

The successful hire will be expected to maintain a high level of professional teaching and engage in the transition of students into the entertainment industry by recruiting mentors and participating in our professional transition programs.  They will also be expected to serve on committees and as academic advisers. In addition, service to the university and the department is expected in accordance with tenure-line leadership standards and departmental leadership.

LMU’s School of Film and Television is a Top Ten Film School located in the heart of Los Angeles with a state-of-the art facility in Silicon Beach and a brand-new educational building on our Westchester campus.  SFTV provides a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate education through small class size, creative collaboration, and a launch into the industry.  The Loyola Marymount University community is comprised of faculty, staff, and students from a wide range of culturally diverse backgrounds. Applicants should be experienced with and committed to working in this diverse population.

This position requires a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-racism along with interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. To that end, we ask candidates to submit a statement discussing how they approach DEI-A and interdisciplinarity in their teaching and professional work.

Please submit a cover letter, CV, the DEI-A statement, writing sample and/or link to a produce show, and the names and email addresses of three references who would be willing to supply a letter of recommendation in a timely manner via the LMU HR Jobs Portal at . Application deadline is October 31.  Review of applications will commence in November, 2023.

Reasonable expected salary: $75,000.00

Loyola Marymount University, a Carnegie classified R2 institution in the mainstream of American Catholic higher education, seeks outstanding applicants who value its mission and share its commitment to inclusive excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society. LMU is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment as defined by federal, state and local law. We invite all persons in the full diversity of their being, life experience, and beliefs to apply. (Visit for more information.)


Loyola Marymount University, founded in 1911, is the largest Catholic university on the West Coast. LMU offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees and programs. The Graduate Division offers 29 master’s degrees, one doctoral degree and 15 credential programs.

LMU generates more than $250 million annually in direct economic activity in Southern California and employs more than 2,240 people. Students volunteer more than 175,000 service hours a year with 350 community organizations. LMU was named a 2007 “Treasure of Los Angeles.” Many programs, including the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles, the Bioethics Institute, the School of Education and the Dept. of Natural Science, make L.A.’s politics, healthcare, education and environment part of the curriculum. Loyola Law School is the first ABA-accredited law school in California with a mandatory pro bono requirement.

At Loyola Marymount University, diversity is fundamental to our mission and identity. But, a diverse campus takes time to develop and flourish. It is a work in progress that involves each and every one of us: student, faculty, and staff.

LMU must be a place where people feel free to say what they think and where they also listen with respect to what others say -- not simply in the classroom but also in residence halls and dining rooms, in staff and faculty meetings, and whenever two people talk on the bluff. Through speaking and listening, we probe diversity, work though the challenges it poses, and reveal the richness of its promise.

With sweeping vistas of downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean, Loyola Marymount University is situated in one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the world. Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States, with an estimated population of 4 million. Residential development is booming, cultural institutions are multiplying, and retail and entertainment options are thriving on an unprecedented scale. LMU students and faculty take all that Los Angeles has to offer, and use it as a laboratory for understanding the complexity of cultures, industries, images, and opportunities that Southern California embraces.


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One LMU Drive
Suite 1900
Los Angeles

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