SCHOOL OF THEATRE, FILM AND MEDIA ARTS
FACULTY VACANCY NOTICE
Head of Faculty and Department, Cinema and Media Arts
BACKGROUND: The Film and Media Arts Department at Temple, a leader in documentary and independent storytelling,
and Media Arts, is recognized as a “nationally and internationally recognized program with
a distinct identity of independent cinema and a history of socially conscious production
filmmakers.” The department offers an interdisciplinary blend of theory and practice, including
hybrid and digital arts production, as well as an innovative MFA/PhD program. The successful candidate must be committed to the department’s vision, to the integration of its
range of media and scholarly approaches, and should meet one of the department’s recruitment requirements
priorities in film and media studies, cinematography, documentary and/or narrative film
Directing, Post/Sound, Scripting, or VR/AR or Animation.
Film and Media Arts are particularly interested in applicants who will actively participate
contribute and have a proven track record in the pursuit of racial diversity, equity,
and inclusion, including a diversity of perspectives, cultural backgrounds and experiences.
Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) applicants are strongly encouraged to
apply. For more information, visit www.tfma.temple.edu/fma.
POSITION: Full-Time Senior Film and Media Arts Appointment – Department Head
RANK/SALARY: Associate or tenured, tenured or tenure-track professor in film and media arts. Salary according to qualification and experience.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Serve as Associate Professor or Professor of Film and Media Arts and Department Chair, which includes duties such as reviewing and mentoring faculty for promotion and tenure, course scheduling, assignments teachers, mentoring new teachers and monitoring budgets; teach graduate and undergraduate courses in film and media arts related to the candidate’s expertise; cultivate and maintain relationships with professional associations and schools/teachers in the region to facilitate visibility and recruitment; maintain a visible profile and an active program of scholarly and/or creative pursuits; render appropriate service to the College, the University and the profession.
QUALIFICATIONS: MFA, PhD or equivalent work experience required. Administrative experience at the college/university level and/or successful professional experience in industry will be considered. Outstanding academic or artistic achievement, particularly in the areas of diversity and social justice, as well as a leadership vision centered on collaboration, innovation, ADEI principles, and a commitment to the department’s mission . Established reputation as a filmmaker and/or film scholar, administrator and/or industry leader and teacher with a consistent record of creativity and/or scholarship required. In addition to serving as President, the successful candidate would teach in the areas of his/their specialization. The department strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.
DATE OF APPOINTMENT: From July 1, 2022
APPLICATION REVIEW: Begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.
SUBMIT APPLICATION TO: Email an up-to-date cover letter and resume to
President of the FMA Research Committee
c/o: Beth Bolton
Email: [email protected]
Please ensure that your application and CV file name begins with your last name and includes the job title. For example: Smith.Temple.FMA.App.pdf or Smith.Temple. FMA.CV.pdf.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND ADDITIONAL MATERIALS UNTIL REQUESTED.
Be prepared to send the following additional documents if you request them at a later date:
- 5 confidential letters of recommendation (on letterhead) directly from the referee
- 3 additional reference names with phone numbers and email addresses
- examples of published work or links to online media productions
- examples of lesson plans
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The School of Theatre, Film and Media Arts is part of Temple University’s Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts and is located on the university’s main campus in the culturally rich and diverse city of Philadelphia. As an urban university, Temple draws on the vitality of its location as well as the city’s historic cultural institutions, including the Philadelphia Film Society, Philadelphia Film Office, Scribe Video Center, slought, Vox Populi, and d other independent galleries, the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The Center is part of a thriving arts community that offers myriad opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration among students, faculty, and cultural partners. Film and Media Arts offers bachelor’s, bachelor’s, master’s, master’s and doctoral programs. Fall 2021 enrollment in film and media arts includes 579 undergraduate students and 38 graduate students. The Film and Media Arts Department offers BA, BFA, MA, MFA, and PhD degrees and is served by 20 full-time faculty.
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
FEMALE AND BIPOC CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.