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Lecturer or Teaching Assistant Professor in Film/Video and Music – Penn State University – Schuylkill, PA

Company: Penn State University

Location: Schuylkill, PA

  • Full Time

Penn State University

Penn State Schuylkill invites applications for faculty position, Lecturer (master level) or Teaching Assistant Professor (doctoral level) position in Film/Video and Music (multi-year appointment, 2 years with option for renewal, 36 weeks) to begin August 2020 or as negotiated. The Penn State Schuylkill Humanities department is looking for a colleague to bring expertise in film/video to our learning and scholarly community. We seek someone who can teach a variety of introductory and special topics courses in film and video with the ability to address uses of music, graphics, and text including soundtrack, visual editing, story boarding and script. The ability to teach film and video as artistic and expressive media through which texts are explored, interpreted, and presented, as well as providing expertise in producing videos that include text, music, recorded and digital imagery are desired. The successful applicant will join a humanities area that includes faculty colleagues for whom text is central to their teaching and scholarly/creative work in areas including poetry, creative writing, translation, analysis and critique of literature and scripts, the production of plays and musicals, the pedagogy of writing, comparative literature, and archival research from historical and literary perspectives. Our new colleague in film/video will enrich our community through bringing film/video into this community of scholars in ways that will expand our scholarship, broaden the horizons of our students, and deepen their engagement with text in a variety of manifestations. For example, the successful applicant could have the opportunity to co-curate, alongside faculty and other colleagues, a series of film screenings highlighting arthouse and experimental cinema, historic films, and original student work. This series would be open to students and to the general public, and would enrich both communities by introducing them to intellectual, aesthetic, and cultural traditions to which they might otherwise have limited access. In addition, the candidate may be able to add a film studies minor to the campus degree offerings. Responsibilities will include teaching four courses (12 credits) each semester in some but not all the following areas: Film, Media Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts, as well as courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The courses will be taught using traditional, hybrid and online delivery methods. Teaching assignments may require teaching day, evening and/or Saturday classes as needed. Participate in course, curriculum, and program development. Advise students and provide career guidance. Contribute to the intellectual and social life of the campus, its community engagement mission, and the local community. Participate in campus, university, and community service activities. Engage in activities to stay current in the discipline. Master’s degree or Doctorate with demonstrated expertise in film/video. Commitment to high-quality instruction in a student-centered environment, engagement with fellow faculty members in ways that contribute to a scholarly community on campus, active leadership in campus life, and engagement in the community through outreach activities that address regional needs are required. Interest in active and collaborative learning, the use of instructional technology, and hybrid and online teaching is an advantage. Prior college-level and online teaching experience preferred. Enthusiasm for working in a multidisciplinary environment is important. Penn State Schuylkill is a four-year campus of the Pennsylvania State University with a mission to provide affordable high-quality education, research that improves lives, and community engagement. With just over 600 students, the campus offers the advantages of a small college where students build strong relationships with faculty and are involved in clubs, research, community service, and intercollegiate athletics. Students can complete one of 14 four-or two-year degrees at the campus or the first two years of 160 Penn State degrees. Penn State Schuylkill is located in scenic Schuylkill County with a low cost of living, abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, and easy access to Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C. For additional information about Penn State Schuylkill, please visit our web page at Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Darcy Medica, Director of Academic Affairs, Penn State Schuylkill, email: [email protected], telephone: 570-385-6100. Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference. Finalists will be asked to submit samples of scholarly and/or creative work. Application review will begin November 1, 2019 with full consideration given to applications received by December 1, 2019.


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