University of Utah Assistant Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Department 00080 - Film and Media Arts

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin July 1, 2018


The University of Utah Film & Media Arts Department invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor with a specialization in Media Arts Production, to begin July 2018.

The successful candidate’s creative work and teaching will address media production across a variety of platforms and modes of storytelling. These may include, but are not limited to, animation; games; virtual reality; or interactive, mobile, social, or trans- media. The successful candidate will play a role in revising and developing curriculum that addresses multiple platforms and approaches to storytelling. Applicants should have a terminal degree and/or a significant record of achievement in their field, a body of creative work and experience teaching at the college level. We especially welcome applicants who teach critical concepts in their production courses.

The University of Utah and the Film & Media Arts Department are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service.

Applicants must submit a letter of interest addressing creative work and teaching, including specific courses they are prepared to teach; a CV; 3-5 examples of recent creative works in a pdf with embedded links; and three letters of recommendation . Questions about the position are welcome, and can be directed to Sterling Van Wagenen, Search Committee Chair, Review of applications will begin September 5, 2017 (eight weeks from first ad), and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Film & Media Arts has over 600 undergraduate students across film production, animation, and game design emphases and 19 graduate students. It is ranked in the top fourteen film departments in the western region by ( and the top 30 in the nation by ( It is the largest academic unit in a College of Fine Arts that also includes a School of Dance, a School of Music, a Department of Art & Art History, and a Department of Theatre. The Film & Media Arts faculty produce creative work, research and teach in animation, critical film and media studies, film production; narrative, documentary, experimental, and games, gender and sexuality studies, history and criticism, independent film, international cinema, screenwriting, sound production, and theory.

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Employees with priorURSservice may elect to enroll in theURSwithin 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits fromURSmust notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information. This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 05/23/2017

Close Date 07/01/2018

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00113CF

Type Faculty