Assistant Professor, Television, Radio & Film (emphasis: screenwriting)

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 08, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job # 075521 Job Title Assistant Professor, Television, Radio & Film (emphasis: screenwriting) Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate w/experience FLSA Status Exempt Hours

As determined by department chair and senior associate dean

Job Type Full-time Rank Assistant Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Television, Radio & Film ( TRF ) department to start Fall 2021.

The successful candidate will focus primarily on teaching television writing courses and therefore must have significant professional experience and be recognized nationally and/or internationally for his/her narrative work.

The successful candidate will need to show potential for conducting academic scholarship or industry-related creative activity that will position the hire as a recognized expert in the field. Participation in service and committee work for the department, the Newhouse School, and Syracuse University is expected.

We are actively searching for diverse voices, are committed to maintaining an inclusive culture, and believe that communications and media are agents of positive change in society.


An MFA is preferred and production experience is a plus.

Candidates should have national-level professional experience in television screenwriting.

Job Specific Qualifications

Experience in additional areas of entertainment storytelling—such as other narrative genres, producing, development, etc.—is a plus, as most Newhouse faculty teach at least one course outside of their specialties. The Department also seeks applicants with either a strong teaching record or the potential to be an excellent teacher.


Teaching responsibilities will range from introductory, intermediate and advanced writing for television; a senior-level screenwriting capstone course; to other topics that reflect evolving storytelling practices.

In addition to teaching and pursuing a research/creative agenda that brings national visibility to the School, this faculty member will also engage in a variety of service duties, including: academic and career advising of undergraduate and graduate students, school and university committee service, curriculum development and assessment, and community/industry outreach.

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About the Newhouse School
Widely regarded as the nation’s leading school of communications, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University is home to approximately 2,000 undergraduates, 180 residential master’s degree students, 200 online master’s degree students and 15 doctoral degree students. They are among the best in the country, having secured a place in the class through a highly competitive admissions process. The typical admitted first-year student has a 3.8 GPA .

The school’s 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex is a leading-edge learning environment where students are exposed to the tools and technologies used by professionals in the field. Features include Dick Clark Studios, a high-tech entertainment production facility that rivals many Hollywood studios; the Diane and Bob Miron Digital News Center, complete with a contemporary news set, green screen, state-of-the-art lighting systems and cameras; the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation, a creative hub where Newhouse expertise in content development and production meets the latest media technology and programming trends; the Emerging Insights Lab, a state-of-the-art social media command center; and the Collaborative Media Room, home to the student-produced multimedia news site, The NewsHouse.

In January 2020, the S.I. Newhouse Foundation announced a $75 million gift to the Newhouse School, the largest donation to Syracuse University in its 150-year history and one of the largest ever to any communications school.

About the Television, Radio & Film Department
Established in 1934, the TRF program is regarded as one of the best of its kind in the nation. The department’s 18 full-time faculty members, complemented by a specialized adjunct force, prepare future leaders in the television-radio-film and interactive media industries by introducing students to practices and systems of production, distribution and exhibition and their economic, political and social impact on the world.

The TRF major is the largest and most versatile in the Newhouse School, with 500 undergraduates and 40 master’s students. The major consists of a mix of core requirements and an extensive array of elective coursework, empowering students to customize their programs of study. Majors also study abroad—in over 100 programs in 60 countries—and participate in semester-long industry immersions in our New York City and Los Angeles professional study centers. Students in the program earn national recognition, with their creative work accepted to film festivals and the student Emmys and Telly awards.

Alumni pursue a wide variety of careers that include work as major market (mainly New York and Los Angeles) producers, directors, writers, designers, editors, executives, media educators, agents and attorneys. They are found in numerous leadership positions and often return to campus to share their knowledge.

To learn more about the Newhouse School, the TRF department and our students, visit and

Please submit a letter of application, current résumé or curriculum vita, a teaching philosophy statement of no more than 500 words, and the names and contact information for four references. Preference will be given to applications received by February 15, 2021 but the position remains open until filled.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Quick Link Job Posting Date 01/08/2021 Application Deadline Open Until Filled Yes Priority Consideration 02/15/2021 Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants

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