Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies
Department: Department of Cinema Studies
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month
October 15, 2019; position open until filled
The University of Oregon’s Cinema Studies Department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Cinemas of the Global South, including Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and/or their diasporas, to begin in fall 2020. We seek scholars and scholar-practitioners whose work examines the theories, histories, and cultures of Global South cinemas—including film, video, TV, and emerging media—and attends to the aesthetic and industrial practices of cinema in local and transnational contexts.
Competitive applicants will clearly focus on cinemas of the Global South and further the department’s pursuit of curricular and research excellence in geopolitically diverse cinemas. We especially welcome candidates whose work and teaching address cinema as a global formation and highlight globalization as it operates within and across localities.
Department or Program Summary
The Department of Cinema Studies at the University of Oregon is a community of scholars, practitioners, and staff dedicated to providing students with a well-rounded study of cinema, a term that we use to encompass film, television, and/or emerging forms of media. Cinema Studies at UO is a growing department in the Humanities that is committed to interdisciplinarity and diversity that spans both global communities and marginalized U.S. social identities. Our scholarship, pedagogy, and practice explore a range of media objects and their contexts, including history, artistry, industry, identity, geopolitics, and systems of power. Our department’s shared mission is to use our critical and creative tools to amplify underrepresented voices, interrogate power, and drive change by blending filmmaking practice and its academic study.
We particularly welcome candidates from populations historically underrepresented in or excluded from media industries or academia and are especially interested in candidates who can support our work in mentoring, research, teaching, and outreach with women, first-generation students, communities of color, immigrants, international students, and other underrepresented groups. All applicants are required to include information about how they will contribute to this work as part of their teaching statement.
• Expertise and an active research and/or creative agenda in cinemas—including film, video, TV, and emerging media—of the Global South
• PhD in Cinema or relevant field, in hand by September 1, 2020
• Evidence of an active research agenda
• Teaching experience at the college level
• Demonstrated attention to the barriers that can prevent full participation of underrepresented groups in higher education
Required Application Materials
• an application letter
• a curriculum vitae (scholar-practitioners should include a link to an online portfolio of their creative work on their CV)
• a writing sample (maximum 30 pages)
• two (2) sample syllabi that illustrate the kinds of courses you are prepared to teach in this position
• a one (1) page teaching statement that addresses inclusive teaching practices and your potential contributions to departmental goals (see "Addressing Inclusivity" below)
• three (3) letters of recommendation.
Application materials may be combined into PDFs as needed. The committee will begin reviewing materials as early as October 15; please submit by this deadline to ensure consideration.
As part of their teaching statement, candidates are asked to provide their unique perspectives on ways that they have, will, or plan to contribute to equity, inclusion, and diversity as members of the UO Cinema Studies community. We welcome candidates to share how their experiences—inside or outside of academia—illustrate this commitment.
About the University
The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds a distinguished ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting within the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.
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