Assistant Professor, Film and Mass Media

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Assistant Professor, Film and Mass Media


The Nicholson School of Communication and Media (NSCM) in the College of Sciences (COS) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for two nine-month, tenure-earning track assistant professors anticipated to begin August 2022.


The selected candidates will contribute to the Film and Mass Media program’s mission through teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses. Graduate-level activities will also include supporting the M.F.A. degree by providing critiques, mentoring, and serving on graduate thesis committees.


We seek scholars or practitioners of film, television, or related disciplines whose work engages social, creative, or discipline relevant issues and encourages and challenges students to increase critical fluency in various film forms. We are especially interested in individuals who can contribute through their research and creative activity, teaching and service to the diversity, inclusion, and excellence of our academic community and foster an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An M.F.A. or doctorate in film production, screenwriting, film arts, or a closely related field from an accredited institution with evidence of accomplishment in filmmaking is required by the time of hire.
  • At least four semesters of experience as an instructor of record in teaching undergraduate courses at an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • A demonstrated ability to teach classes in foundational production skills such as directing, cinematography, editing, or sound design.
  • A grasp of academic responsibilities.
  • A demonstrated potential for active university service.
  • Show strong potential for sustained scholarship or creative production in the field with a record of publications or creative work at venues or outlets on a regional or national scale.
  • Have strong communication skills.
  • Experience in collaborating on academic initiatives with colleagues or peers.
  • The potential to teach graduate courses by providing evidence of experience in having previously taught graduate courses or specialized upper-level undergraduate courses.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • An established creative practice and/or training with an effective competency in at least one of the following areas: directing, cinematography, nonlinear editing and digital asset management, or sound recording and reproduction.
  • Applicants who can demonstrate through their teaching philosophy or record an ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students to foster collaboration, experimentation, and innovation with the movie image.
  • Candidates who can demonstrate the ability to mentor graduate students to produce independent microbudget feature-length films, from funding to production to distribution.
  • Candidates holding a Ph.D. in film/critical studies or film-related discipline from an accredited institution are preferred for one position.


NSCM is a student-centered school with a very collegial and friendly faculty and staff. NSCM strives to be a premier academic program known for excellence in research, teaching and service to students and the community. The NSCM Film and Mass Media program offers a B.A. in film production that emphasizes


collaborative skills in filmmaking, a B.F.A. in film production that emphasizes creative directorial skills (limited access), and an M.F.A. in feature film production that offers students creative opportunities in fiction, nonfiction, or experimental cinematic modes.  In addition to the Film degrees, the Film and Mass Media program includes journalism and media production management (formerly radio-television) degrees. For more information, visit


COS houses most of the university’s natural, computational, and social sciences in eight departments, two schools and several centers. The college’s programs play a key role in advancing UCF as a national research university that is determined to help students from all backgrounds achieve success. For more information, visit


UCF, located in Orlando, Florida, is classified as a Very High Research Activity university by the Carnegie Foundation. With a diverse student body of more than 70,000 students, UCF is one of the largest universities in the country. The university offers more than 200-degree programs. UCF is committed to diversity and is designated a Hispanic Serving Institution. For more information, visit


To be considered, you must apply online at and attach the following materials:

  • A letter of application that includes examples of diversity and inclusion initiatives in teaching or creative work.
  • A curriculum vita (CV) that includes teaching experience and exhibition record and/or scholarly achievements.
  • A teaching philosophy statement of no more than 300 words that addresses the ability to teach using different modes of delivery, including online and large classes.
  • Two or three examples of creative work (specifying your role(s) in the work).
  • A sample syllabus.
  • A copy of transcripts from the highest degree-granting institution.
  • Three academic or professional references (including address, phone number and email address).


NOTE: When applying, please have all your documents ready to upload at the same time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.


Applicants will not be considered if all the above materials are not received. You are responsible for ensuring all materials have been uploaded correctly.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.


Questions regarding the positions should be directed to Ms. Debbie Doyle, search committee manager, at


As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.


UCF’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:  In addition, as a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.