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Assistant Professor of Practice, Media & Comm

Drew University
Madison, NJ, US

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   The Department of Media and Communications at Drew University invites applications for the non-tenure track Assistant Professor of Practice position beginning August 2024. The successful candidate must have experience teaching and mentoring undergraduates and be able to teach core and elective practice-based courses in documentary filmmaking and civically engaged media production. They will also have the opportunity to direct Drew’s NY Semester on Communications and Media, an 8-credit program taught off-campus in New York City. Strong applicants will have specializations in one or more of the following areas: documentary media production (broadly construed), feminist media studies, disability studies, sound studies, empirical approaches to media research and visualization, critical digital studies, media archaeology, and media and social justice.

Key Responsibilities:

The position’s primary responsibilities include teaching, student advising, and active engagement in departmental and co-curricular events. Our ideal candidate must:

● Have demonstrated experience in media production
● Be able to teach Documentary Practice, Civic Media, and Introduction to Media Industries
● Collaborate effectively with community partners to facilitate Drew’s bi-annual narrative and documentary filmmaking events


The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. or MFA in a relevant field by August 2024. Applicants with a terminal degree in Journalism and experience in film, radio, or television are also encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with:

● Ability to teach both Media and Communications and Art students video and audio editing in Adobe Premiere and Adobe Audition
● Proven track record of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level
● A strong background in Media Studies, Communications, or related fields

 How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit the following:

● Cover Letter
● Curriculum Vitae
● Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Experience
● Links to or documentation of at least two examples of creative or scholarly media practice
● Statement that briefly describes how your scholarship, background, or life experiences would advance Drew University’s commitment to diversity.
● Contact information for three references, at least one of whom can address teaching experience (references will only be contacted for letters of recommendation in later stages of the search process)

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled, subject to ongoing budgetary approval. Applicants who do not meet minimum qualifications will not be considered.

About Drew University

Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. Drew University’s mission is to offer its diverse community of learners a challenging and individualized education shaped by a deep-rooted culture of mentoring, thoughtful engagement with the world beyond its campus, and a steadfast commitment to lifelong cultivation of the whole person.

It has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 students and has 136 full-time faculty members, 96% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers BA and BS degrees in 40 disciplines and offers 19 dual-degree programs.

The College of Liberal Arts ensures that every undergraduate student graduates with a purpose, sought-after transferable skills, a network of mentors, and an experience-based résumé. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), the Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI), the Center for Civic Engagement, as well as seven New York City semesters and several international study abroad programs.

The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies offers a wide array of distinctive and flexible advanced degree programs designed to meet the needs of almost any busy schedule. All programs are based on Drew’s renowned commitment to faculty-student mentorship, opportunities for out-of-the-classroom experiential learning, and facilitating a robust intellectual community.

The Theological School has a distinguished history rooted in the United Methodist Church. Today, it serves many denominations as a center for preparing clergy and leaders for service in the church and the world. Its focus on biblical and theological scholarship and social justice has made it a sought-after destination for students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees.

Drew University is committed to providing all members of the University community equal educational and employment opportunity, access, and benefits in an environment free from harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, or disability. Drew University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Following federal and state requirements; a candidate must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States if selected for hire. 

These positions are subject to a background check.


Drew University, located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,100 students with 145 full-time faculty members. Over 35% of our undergraduate students are from underrepresented groups, and we were recently ranked 19th among baccalaureate institutions for the number of international students enrolled. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship and hands-on learning that successfully prepares students for their futures. Students regularly connect with local communities, and because of our proximity to New York City, we are home to multiple New York Semester experiences for our undergraduate students: Wall Street, United Nations, Contemporary Art, Communications and Media, Social Entrepreneurship, and New York Theatre. The University also houses the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti, the Center for Global Education, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, and the United Methodist Archives and History Center. Drew also recently received a multi-year grant to transform teaching and learning in the humanities by incorporating emerging digital technologies, methods, and pedagogies.


To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, a successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. These positions are subject to a background check.

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