University of North Carolina Wilmington — Assistant Professor, Film Studies

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Department of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor, starting in August 2023. This faculty position will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their areas of research, as well as the department’s core courses in film aesthetics and world cinema. Candidates should successfully demonstrate how their work will expand the department’s existing historical and/or international coverage.

Visiting, advanced assistant professors and applicants from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will join a department with strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts. Our department actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • Candidates should possess a PhD in film studies or related discipline, prior to August 2023.
  • ABD will be considered; however, PhD must be obtained within the first academic year of employment.
  • Candidates must demonstrate how their work would expand the department’s existing historical and/or international coverage
  • Candidates must demonstrate potential for teaching excellence and scholarly productivity through references and submissions.
  • Candidates should demonstrate commitment to the department’s mission to integrate the study and production of cinema. https://uncw.edu/filmstudies/about/mission.html

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Strong preference will be given to candidates with PhD in film studies or related discipline at time of application.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
One of the premiere departments at UNCW, Film Studies combines critical studies with production, and, in Fall 2020, launched collaborative MA/MFA programs. The department draws on the rich social and cultural heritage of the coastal city of Wilmington. Film festivals, local and visiting scholars and filmmakers, and an assortment of independent and international film screenings together create a vibrant film community. The Film Studies department hosts the Visions Film Festival and Conference and the Film Matters journal and has a robust working relationship with EUE Screen Gems Studios and area filmmaking professionals. A Research 2 public institution, UNCW is consistently recognized for academic excellence by publications such as U. S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.

College/School Information
The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit and awards approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts and 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 https://jobs.uncw.edu/postings/26001

Special Notes to Applicants
Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59PM EST on November 15, 2022, the posting closing date. To apply, please complete the online application process available at https://jobs.uncw.edu and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application, indicating how your work will expand the department’s existing historical and/or international coverage.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing Sample – A writing sample of no more than 30 pages
  • Diversity and Inclusion Statement
  • List of 3 Professional references
  • If needed, applicants may upload additional materials under the Other category.

Please note that a minimum of three references are required for all applications. References will be requested during the screening process.

Letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.

For questions about the position, contact the Search Chairs, Dr. Tim Palmer, palmert@uncw.edu or Dr. Carlos Kase at kasej@uncw.edu or 910-962-7928. For questions about the online application process, contact Lauren Babson at babsonl@uncw.edu or 910-962-3220.

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.

Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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