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Assistant Professor in Film Production – Penn State University – University Park, PA

Company: Penn State University

Address: University Park, PA

  • Full Time

Penn State University


The Department of Film Production and Media Studies is seeking candidates with the ability to contribute to the broad intellectual and creative life of an interdisciplinary film production program. A tenure-track assistant professor position is available starting August 2021.

Candidates should have broad undergraduate-level teaching abilities in basic to advanced film production courses, cinematography, directing, screenwriting and/or post-production. Filmmaking experience that demonstrates a strong potential to achieve national recognition in any of the following production modes is required: documentary, experimental, or narrative film. Applicants must be familiar with digital technology and tools, and be able to guide students through the pre-production, production and post-production of individual short films. Key responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester, student advising and service on departmental and college committees while actively pursuing a substantive agenda for scholarly/creative work.

An M.F.A. in Film or a terminal degree in a related field is required. Candidates with a strong professional portfolio and college-level teaching experience, and with demonstrated commitment to working with – and telling the stories of – underserved and underrepresented groups, will be given preference.

The Film Production major offers in-depth study of film and video production, incorporating writing, production (directing, cinematography, sound design, post-production), and production management principles. Narrative, documentary, and experimental forms are explored in a program that encourages critical thinking, idea development and applied practice. Emphasis is on discovering the ability to make creative, aesthetic and content decisions while developing a sense of personal style. The Film Production major is one of five majors in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications and currently serves approximately 140 students who will be learning, collaborating and creating in our new Bellisario Media Center. More information about the department and major can be found at: .

The University Park Campus is set in State College, a university town located in the heart of central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational and cultural activities, and excellent public schools. The campus is also within a half-day drive to Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Pittsburgh. .

Applicants must complete an online application and upload a cover letter, a current CV, and the names of three to five references. Please direct questions to the search committee chair, Pearl Gluck, at [email protected] . Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here .

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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