Assistant Professor of Film Studies

The Connecticut College Department of Film Studies seeks candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Film and Critical Race Studies beginning July 1, 2022. Required: Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment, a record of outstanding scholarly work, excellent and innovative teaching on the undergraduate level, and experience teaching introductory and advanced film theory and criticism courses.  The person we hire will be responsible for teaching Film 101 for one semester, Intersectionality in American Film and Media, as well as advanced courses in the candidate’s specialization, with a weekly night screening for most of their courses.

The Film Studies Department is especially interested in candidates whose research and teaching focus on representations of intersectional identities in contemporary moving image culture, especially work intersecting race and ethnicity with gender and sexuality, and the industries that construct and inform those representations.  We encourage candidates to apply who might contribute to the study of moving image culture outside of the United States, especially cultural products from non-European and Indigenous populations.  The Film Studies Department recognizes the need to support and enhance our students’ media, visual, technological, and information literacies through the close textual analysis 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), as well as its varied experiences within a range of socio-cultural contexts.

Film Studies is a vibrant department with approximately 45 majors and minors, (https://www.conncoll.edu/academics/majors-departments-programs/departments/academic-programs/film-studies/).We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated colleague who is eager to support, diversify, and grow our department’s culture and community in ways specifically suited to a liberal arts environment. Because of the small size of our classes, and the close working and collaborative environment of our Film Studies courses, candidates should demonstrate dedication to innovative and interactive teaching. An interest in engaging with and incorporating diverse perspectives should be reflected in the candidate’s approach to teaching and in their course materials. The candidate will need to demonstrate the ability and desire to rigorously engage, inclusively support, and continue to draw a passionate and diverse student body to our major and to the College.  Our colleague’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. We are looking particularly for a candidate with both the experience and desire to work closely with first year students, helping them to negotiate moving image languages in both verbal and written forms.

The candidate’s experience and dynamic involvement in service work toward one’s discipline, department, and community are of particular interest.  This work 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 expected duties of the position.  We seek a scholar 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” (http://www.conncoll.edu/at-a-glance/mission/).

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research. We recognize that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable. The College seeks creative 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, equity, and inclusion. AA/EOE

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 supplementary research fund and a semester’s sabbatical at full salary after a successful third-year review. (For additional information on faculty resources, see http://www.conncoll.edu/employment/facultyresources/).

Connecticut College requires employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must present their COVID-19 vaccination record to Human Resources prior to the first day of employment. Individuals who have a medical condition or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from getting the vaccine may confidentially request an exemption through the office of Human Resources. Additional COVID-19 safety protocols such as participation in weekly testing will be required of faculty, staff and students who have approved vaccine exemptions. 

Applications for this position will be accepted until November 1, 2021. To apply, candidates should submit the following documents electronically: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, diversity statement, and a statement of teaching philosophy, to Interfolio at: http://apply.interfolio.com/95863