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Assistant Professor of Fiction Filmmaking

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 18011
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Jeanette Goodwin
406-994-6224
jeanette@montana.edu

Classification Title Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor of Fiction Filmmaking
Brief Position Overview

We seek a creatively and technically ambitious fiction filmmaker whose body of creative work combines storytelling with traditional analog and cutting-edge digital techniques. The successful candidate will be expected to teach subjects in our core BA in film, our new BFA in Integrated Lens-based Media, and our renowned MFA program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking. Candidates will be expected to develop and maintain a significant creative/research agenda that is presented in peer-reviewed venues at the national and international level.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Assistant Professor
Position Number 4A3047
Department School of Film & Photography
Division College of Arts & Architecture
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Academic Year
Semester
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary $51,000 - 57,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Contract Type MUS
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The School of Film & Photography at Montana State University-Bozeman invites applications for a full-time, tenure-eligible Assistant Professor of Film to begin August 2018. We seek a creatively and technically ambitious fiction filmmaker whose body of creative work combines storytelling with traditional analog and cutting-edge digital techniques.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach subjects in our core BA in film, our new BFA in Integrated Lens-based Media, and our renowned MFA program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking. Candidates will be expected to develop and maintain a significant creative/research agenda that is presented in peer-reviewed venues at the national and international level.

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Because increasing the diversity of the film profession is one of our strategic priorities, women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

Successful applicants will be expected to demonstrate teaching effectiveness and participate in program development and assessment; maintain a program of relevant research and/or creative activity; advise students; contribute to recruitment, retention and outreach activities; and serve on School, College, and University committees. We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse University community and have demonstrated ability or potential for supporting success of students from diverse backgrounds.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. M.F.A. or other terminal degree in film or a related field.
  2. Experience in college-level teaching.
  3. Evidence of a significant ongoing research/creative agenda.
  4. A record of publicly exhibiting creative work at the national or international level.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Experience with:

    – Screenwriting
    – Audio and/or Sound Studies
    – Hybrid fiction / nonfiction storytelling
    – Science filmmaking
    – Film or Visual Studies and Theory

The Successful Candidate Will
  • Contribute to and enhance our existing film and media curriculum that serves the needs of a well-established, integrated film and photography school.
  • Have potential for securing external grants and funding.
  • Have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the implementation our our new interdisciplinary BFA in Integrated Lens-Based Media.
  • Have the ability to teach basic film/video production across our curriculum.
  • Have the ability to develop and teach upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses around their areas of expertise.
  • Have experience or potential effectiveness working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues within and/or outside the department.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program
The Department
The College

The School of Film and Photography has approximately 400 undergraduate students across disciplines and 30 MFA students who specialize in science and natural history filmmaking. Our photo program features extensive analog wet-darkroom courses in addition to digital filmmaking in multiple formats including view camera. We have extensive expertise in alternative, non-silver based processes. Our film students shoot analog Super 16 film and 4K digital cinema. We recently installed a DCP screening room with 7.1 surround sound. Our film theory faculty teach a range of courses from The Western to Documentary Theory to undergraduate and graduate students. Our programs are known for their hands-on approach. We pride ourselves in providing cameras to students starting their first week in our freshman classes.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date August 15 2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on October 15, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions
Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/ .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Statement (max 2 pages)
  4. Online Portfolio - URL
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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