Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of Film with emphasis on Black Cinemas

Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 01, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details

WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY FILM STUDIES DEPARTMENT invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor position with an emphasis on Black Cinemas beginning July 1, 2022. We seek colleagues with disciplinary interests in archival research and film form whose scholarship addresses the lived experiences and cultural contributions of communities of color. Areas of specialization might include (but are not restricted to) African American and African Diaspora cinemas. We also welcome scholars working in Asian-Pacific-American, Latinx, Native American, and/or Queer cinema and media as well as those working comparatively across these specializations, or combining the study of U.S race and media with transnational and intersectional approaches.

Successful candidates will join a distinguished undergraduate major with fifty years of achievement and over 400 alumni working throughout the film and television industries. The Department is part of Wesleyan’s College of Film and the Moving Image. Our curriculum unifies media studies with production in a liberal-arts setting and emphasizes audience-centered artistic practice. Strong consideration will be given to the teaching records of candidates and the willingness to participate in the ongoing curricular growth, diversification and decolonization of our program. Teaching load is two courses per semester. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, carrying on a program of research or creative production, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in film studies or related field in hand by the time of appointment to behired as an Assistant Professor; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the film studies or related field within one year of hire.

Special Instructions To Applicants

To apply, submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, two sample syllabi, writing sample (25-page maximum), and teaching evaluation summaries (if available). You will be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college’s commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups.

Additional Information

For full consideration, applications must be received by September 20, 2021.

Please contact Lea Carlson ( if you have questions about the application process.

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Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Alison Williams, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion/ Title IX Officer, 860-685-3927,

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