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University of Utah Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor/Associate Professor

Department 00080 - Film and Media Arts

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin July 1, 2020


The Department of Film & Media Arts at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor to begin August 2020. We seek a colleague with expertise in screenwriting to teach foundational writing courses in addition to electives related to writing for a range of contemporary media. The candidate will have comprehensive knowledge of both the theory and the craft of writing for the screen, and be able to develop new writing courses that will serve students across the breadth of our programs in filmmaking, animation, and media arts production. Our ideal candidate’s work will reflect the range of creative possibilities attendant to the proliferation of screens and platforms that characterizes 21st century moving image art .

Required Qualifications

•M .F. A. or other terminal degree in film, television, media arts, or a related field

•Evidence of successful post-secondary level teaching

•Ability to develop and teach courses related to writing for a range of digital and new media forms at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curricula

•A record of creative work, evidence of which may include produced credits, screenwriting contest successes, and significant festival screenings

•Interest in and evidence of potential for securing external grants and funding

Candidates requesting consideration at the rank of Associate Professor will also have

•Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the post-secondary level

•Experience in academic administration and curriculum development

•A body of creative work that represents a significant contribution to the field of screenwriting

The Department of Film & Media Arts is the largest unit in the University of Utah’s College of Fine Arts, enrolling over 600 undergraduate majors in film, animation, and media arts production, along with 30 graduate students. Students study creative and technical production, history, criticism, and theory, and have the freedom to tailor the degrees across multiple areas of interest including documentary, narrative and experimental filmmaking, animation, screenwriting, cinematography, critical studies, and new media.

Located in metropolitan Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the University of Utah is the state’s flagship research institution and emphasizes exceptional scholarship, quality teaching, and professional service. The university serves over 32,000 students from across the U.S. and the world with over 72 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level. The University of Utah has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation.

Salt Lake City, as well, is a vibrant, major metropolitan area with a diverse, multicultural population and numerous cultural and outdoor activities.

To apply, please submit the following

· An application letter, not to exceed two pages, addressing the position’s required qualifications and the candidate’s approach to teaching

· A current CV including names and contact information for three references

· Portfolio of creative work

Application review will begin on January 6, 2020

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 ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 10/08/2019

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00508CF

Type Faculty

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