Southern Methodist University — Professor of Practice of Film and Media Arts

The Division of Film and Media Arts in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University is seeking a full-time professor of practice to join creative faculty and students in an intellectually and culturally inclusive environment in one of the nation’s leading media markets. We are looking for an innovative colleague who will take an active role in strengthening a growing department and contribute to a diversity of perspectives and approaches through their teaching and service. The ideal candidate is one who can inspire a new generation of storytellers in our classrooms, and has the skills to prepare them for a shifting media and cultural landscape. Teaching will primarily cover introductory, intermediate and advanced undergraduate courses in screenwriting, as well as specialized courses in the candidate’s other area(s) of expertise.

Minimum qualifications: Consistent, recognized professional experience in screenwriting, particularly in independent film, television, video games, and/or online media. Some previous collegiate teaching experience.

Preferred qualifications: MFA or equivalent terminal degree. Potential secondary areas of expertise that contribute to the division’s teaching mission in producing, directing, or other aspects of production and/or postproduction. Approaches and courses that foster global and multicultural perspectives are of particular interest.

The three-year position, renewable contingent on performance, is funded with a start date in August 2018.

Application: Please submit the following: vita, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, statement of current and future creative production interests, a portfolio of recently completed work, and the names and contact information of three references. The Division uses Interfolio ByCommittee for digital uploads. Use the following link to apply and upload materials: Files should be saved to the smallest practical size, preferably in .pdf format, and include any appropriate links to websites. If you have a need to mail any materials, those can be sent to: Chair, Search Committee, SMU Division of Film and Media Arts, P.O. Box 750113, Dallas, Texas, 75275-0113.

To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be received by October 15, 2017. The committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of its employment decisions only after the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

Division of Film and Media Arts
The Division of Film and Media Arts guides undergraduate majors and graduate students through the practical and the conceptual aspects of film and media and encourages interdisciplinary connections to related fields. Our faculty includes a uniquely-talented group of scholars and award-winning film and video makers with active local, national, and global profiles. Our alumni have become successful industry professionals with distinction that include Emmys, a student Academy Award, and various film festival awards, among others. We award the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Masters of Arts degrees. Visit the Meadows School and the Division’s website for detailed information:

SMU is an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of teachers and scholars that values diverse research and creative agendas. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. Explore Virtual SMU at Our beautifully shaded campus of Georgian-Revival-inspired architecture is situated in the heart of Dallas. The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, a culturally rich arts and global business center, is home to many universities, arts organizations and Fortune 500 & 100 corporations.

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