University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee — Assistant Visiting Professor in Cultural Diversity and Foundations

Assistant Visiting Professor in Cultural Diversity and Foundations

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Position Number: 02300392

Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)
The Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres is widely known for its success in teaching innovative, experimental media production. As a result, we have produced a remarkable, successful set of alumni—people who are active at high levels in all sectors of contemporary media production. The department currently supports 500 Film BFA majors, and 34 Film Minors. Our MFA in Cinematic Arts supports as many as twelve interdisciplinary graduate students at a time.

In 2018, the department introduced a BA in Animation. Our animation program currently supports traditional methods, the Adobe Suite, stop motion, puppetry, and experimental methods. The animation program is fast-growing, and we are seeking to expand the animation faculty with a specialist in Digital and 3D animation. The animation program is located in the Kenilworth building which currently houses two variable animation labs. The Animation BA is integrated with the Film BA in which students share many of the same classes, classrooms, and resources. We currently have 60 Animation BA students.

The UWM Peck School of the Arts is one of the largest and most comprehensive arts schools in the region. It has nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offers degree programs in art & design, dance, film, music, and theatre. UWM is located on the east side of Milwaukee less than a mile from Lake Michigan. The university community enjoys both the cultural and employment advantages of a large city and the pleasant surroundings of a residential neighborhood.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a state-supported top-tiered (R1) research university with 24,000 students and it offers 206 academic programs. Its commitment to excellence, powerful ideas, community and global engagement, and collaborative partnerships is achieved, in part, through its guiding values:
• Innovation, leadership, and collaboration that fosters learning through education, scholarship and research, and public service.
• Opportunities for open inquiry to support the positive transformation of individuals (students, faculty, and staff), institutions, and communities.
• A caring, compassionate, and collegial community characterized by mutual respect and safety.
• Diversity in all of its definitions, including who we are, how we think, and what we do.
• Ethical behavior, based on integrity, accountability, and responsibility
• Transparent and inclusive decision making.
• Stewardship of resources that promote sustainability, prosperity, and equity for all in the local and global communities.
• Pride in our institution, our unique qualities, and our vital role.

Job Summary
The Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres (FVANG) is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. We seek applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position in Cultural Diversity and Foundations, with an expected start date of August 22, 2022. This is a 2-year contract position that has a possibility of extension, and is full-time during the academic year (9-months). An MFA or Masters-level degree in film/video or media-related field is required.

The ideal candidate will have a history of commitment to inclusivity and diversity in their teaching, a record of hands-on teaching of time-based production, and a strong commitment to cultural diversity demonstrated through community engagement and research. We will consider candidates from a range of production disciplines including documentary, narrative, experimental/abstract, and hybrid forms.

The successful candidate will contribute to the instruction, development, and growth of FVANG's General Education Requirement (GER) course Film 150: Multicultural America [MCA]. This course focuses on the cross-cultural study of U.S. intersectional identities through materials drawn from a variety of media arts practices with attention to BIPOC: African American, Asian, Latinx, and Native American/Indigenous/First Peoples experiences. The MCA curriculum explores binary/non-binary representations of identity, class, power, gender, and race in film culture. Students will gain insight into the fundamental history, power, and practice of visual representations in film and related media. The course traditionally encourages students to do service-learning through community engagement. Partnerships include organizations from K-12 schools to community-based organizations of all types.

This person will also teach courses in our evolving foundation program which provides students with an introduction to concepts of creative media production and the cultural and historical relevance of time-based media. Our foundation curriculum includes two production courses, Film 180 & 181, which teach fundamental skills through the lens of Fiction and Non-fiction modes, as well as a topics course that teaches analysis through themes such as Environment, History, and Language.

Additionally, this person may interface with graduate students and serve on graduate faculty committees, and will be required to serve on committees at the departmental level.

Priority will be given to those who have an expansive outlook on filmmaking and a record of artistic accomplishment in film/video or new media. Additionally, we invite candidates with a clear commitment to multiple perspectives on knowledge production, as well as the stewardship of equity and inclusion. We particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.

Minimum Qualifications
1) MFA or Masters-level degree in film/video or new media (must be granted by date of hire);
2) University-level teaching experience at the undergraduate level;
3) Foundational teaching skills in time-based production.

Preferred Qualifications
Highly qualified candidates may also possess:
1) A record of artistic accomplishment in film/video or new media;
2) A commitment to cultural diversity demonstrated through community engagement and research;
3) Experience advising and mentoring historically excluded student populations.

Application Instructions
Complete applications must include a cover letter; C.V.; teaching statement; diversity statement (attach to Other Document 1); one sample syllabus (attach to Other Document 2); list of three references with contact information; and links to selected streaming content of applicant’s production work, including no more than three examples (works over 20 minutes should indicate specific selections to view) (attach to Other Document 3).
Optional materials, such as a sample of critical writing or curatorial activities are also welcome as supplements to the application.

Application Notes
For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.

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