Tenure-Track Position in Film Studies



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The Film Studies program at Connecticut College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Film Studies beginning in August 2014.

Required: Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment, a record of outstanding scholarly work, excellent teaching on a college level, and experience teaching introductory and advanced film theory and criticism courses. The person we hire will be responsible for teaching the program’s core courses, Film 101 and Film 202, as well as advanced courses in the candidate’s specialization. Applicants who specialize in all areas of film theory and criticism will be considered.

The Film Studies Program recognizes the need to support and enhance our students’ media, visual, technology, and information literacies through the close textual analyses of a varied range of moving image representations and works. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of film and its transformation as it has moved into different platforms (including video and digital media). The program is especially interested in candidates whose research and teaching focus on representations of race and ethnicity in contemporary moving image culture, and/or the industries that construct and inform those representations.

Our new faculty member’s research and scholarship would ideally foster productive connections with Connecticut College’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (http://www.conncoll.edu/academic-centers/ccsre/). Film Studies is a vibrant program with approximately 45 majors and minors, housed in the Department of Theater. 

We are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic candidate who is engaged in interdisciplinary work and is eager to support and diversify our undergraduate offerings in ways specifically suited to a liberal arts environment. The candidate’s eagerness to advise and mentor students from a variety of disciplines and levels is crucial to our continuing commitment to a critically engaged and media literate student body. Part of that commitment entails the candidate’s aptitude in creating events, discussions, and academically challenging experiences outside of the classroom, not only for Film Studies students, but also for the larger Connecticut College academic community. Putting together screenings and panel discussions, and bringing in guest scholars and dynamic visiting lecturers are all part of this vision.

We seek a candidate who can help us fulfill our college’s mission: "Connecticut College educates students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society." Because of the small size of our classes, and the intimacy of our Film Studies courses, candidates should demonstrate dedication to innovative and interactive teaching. An interest in pursuing diversity and diverse perspectives should be reflected in the candidate’s approach to teaching and in their course materials. Tenure-track faculty members teach a 3-2 load (2-2 in the first year).

In addition to providing ongoing strong support for teaching and research, the College offers the following resources for pre-tenured faculty: a summer stipend for the first two years, a supplementary research fund, and a semester’s sabbatical after a successful third-year review. Salary is competitive.

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research. Recognizing that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable, the College has embarked on a significantly successful initiative to diversify its faculty, student body, and curriculum. Connecticut College seeks scholars excited about working in a liberal arts setting, with its strong focus on engaged teaching, participation in shared governance, and active involvement in an institution-wide advancement of diversity. AA/EEO.

We will begin reviewing applications, with full consideration, on November 1, 2013, and will continue to do so until the position is filled.

Candidates should upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, three letters of recommendation (one of which must explicitly address the candidate’s teaching), one or two sample syllabi, and samples of written scholarship to filmsearch@conncoll.edu, c/o Dr. Nina K. Martin, Director, Film Studies Program, Box 5517, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Drive, New London, CT 06320.

Any questions about the application process or a candidate’s status should be referred to Donna Holman at dthol@conncoll.edu, and at 860-439-2605.