University of North Carolina Wilmington — Assistant Professor, Film Production

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is embarking on a (multi-year) cluster hire initiative to hire multiple faculty across a range of disciplines (History, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Film Studies, and Religious Studies) whose scholarly/creative focus is in the area of Race, Racial Inequality, Social Justice, or Africana Studies. Our goal is to instantiate our values of diversity and inclusion as we build regional and national interdisciplinary strengths in these areas. The position of Assistant Professor of Film Production within the Department of Film Studies is part of this initiative.

The Department of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track Assistant Professor in Film Production to begin in August 2021. Duties include teaching courses in their areas of specialty, as well as the department’s foundational graduate and undergraduate production courses.

This tenure track position carries a teaching load of three courses per term while maintaining an active research agenda in their specialization area. The position also includes the opportunity for additional summer school teaching. The selected candidate will be actively engaged in departmental meetings, committees, and special project work to further goals of the department.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Candidates must possess a terminal degree (MFA or PhD) in film production or a related discipline by August 2021 with at least 18 hours of graduate coursework closely related to the discipline.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience 

  • Film and media makers with expertise in one or more of the following areas: new media, animation, and sound production.
  • Candidates who demonstrate a commitment to teaching and creative productivity, to the department’s mission to integrate the study and production of cinema, and to the diversity of our academic community.
  • Candidates specializing in other areas that complement the department’s existing expertise will also be considered.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
One of the premiere departments at UNCW, Film Studies has just launched integrated graduate programs, an MFA in Filmmaking and an MA in Film Studies, and is moving into new production facilities. Wilmington and UNCW’s vibrant film community host film festivals, local and visiting filmmakers and scholars, and an assortment of independent and international film screenings. The historic coastal city of Wilmington is home to EUE Screen Gems Studios, a full-service motion picture facility, and the department has a robust working relationship with both the studio and area filmmaking professionals. UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence by publications such as U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

College/School Information
The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit, employing 450 full-time and 150 part-time faculty members and awarding approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts & sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others. 

Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.

In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.

Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

Please apply online at

Special Notes to Applicants
Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on November 30, 2020, the position closing date. To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

  1. Cover Letter – letter of interest
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. Portfolio/Work Sample – Links to examples of creative work (demo reels may be included, but at least two examples of creative work should be provided in their entirety.
  4. Statement of Diversity and Inclusion addressing how issues of diversity shape their working practices, past and planned.
    Note that letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.

Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications.

References will be requested during the screening process.

Please direct questions concerning the search to Mr. Andre Silva, Chair, Film Production Search Committee, at For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Lexi Cavazos

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.