Lawrence University — Tenure-Track Jill Beck Professor of Film Studies

Lawrence University of Wisconsin, a liberal arts college and conservatory of music in Appleton, Wisconsin, invites applications for the Jill Beck Professor of Film Studies to begin September 1, 2023. Appointment to this tenure-line position will be at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level, commensurate with the candidate’s experience.

Film Studies at Lawrence is rooted in the liberal arts, exploring cinema history, theory, criticism, and production as deeply integrated facets of a larger project of media literacy and cultural engagement. We invite interdisciplinary approaches, and are committed to centering scholarly and creative works from historically marginalized groups and exposing students to global cinematic traditions.

We are seeking an individual with a Ph.D. in Film Studies who is a dedicated, experienced teacher passionate about working with undergraduate students in a liberal arts setting, an active and engaging scholar, and an effective mentor for students from diverse backgrounds. The successful candidate will teach a broad range of introductory through advanced undergraduate courses in film theory, history, and analysis and have significant influence in the continued development of the critical studies component of the Film Studies curriculum. Areas of expertise are open, but candidates with a critical, interdisciplinary approach to film studies and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in both teaching and scholarship are strongly encouraged to apply.

Primary duties will include: teaching, assessment of student work, mentoring students, collaborating on curriculum and program development, maintaining an active research program, and, after the first year, academic advising and university service. The teaching load is two courses per term for three ten-week terms a year. The successful candidate should be prepared to teach Film History I, Film History II, and the film history/ theory/ analysis component of the co-taught Introduction to Film Studies course either annually or on a rotating basis, advise undergraduate research capstones as part of the Senior Research Seminar course, contribute periodically to Lawrence’s First-Year Studies program, and develop and teach additional courses that reflect their area of specialty.

Lawrence is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We encourage applications from individuals who will help us create a more inclusive Lawrence by: (1) further diversifying the faculty; and/or (2) demonstrating experience with successful diversity-related initiatives, creative activity or research; and (3) demonstrating interest in developing inclusive pedagogy to address the needs of a diverse student body, particularly as these pedagogies relate to antiracism.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Film Studies, in hand by Sept. 1, 2023
  • Experience teaching film studies courses at the college level
  • Record of active scholarship in film studies

To Apply:
Candidates should submit the following at

  • A letter of application highlighting your qualifications for this position and interest in Lawrence
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, including a sample syllabus
  • Statement on diversity, describing your experience related to addressing issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in an academic setting and ways that you would contribute to these efforts at Lawrence.
  • Materials that may be requested at a later date include three letters of reference, a writing sample, and evidence of teaching excellence.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. This endowed position comes with a dedicated professional development fund in addition to benefits. Rank will be determined at time of hire commensurate with qualifications.

Candidates are encouraged to read more about Lawrence at: as well as and Colleges That Change Lives.

The position will remain open until filled; for best consideration, submit materials by Jan. 1st, 2023. For further information, please contact Anne Haydock (, Director of Film Studies