Temporary Instructor/Digital CinemaAdjunct Instructor of Digital Cinema

Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 09, 2021
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Temporary Instructor/Digital CinemaAdjunct Instructor of Digital Cinema

Southern Oregon University

Position Number: F00155


Position Summary:
The Communication & Digital Cinema program in Southern Oregon University's Division of Business, Communication, and the Environment seeks a film production generalist for a full-time, one-year temporary instructor position to support our growing Digital Cinema major and new Documentary Production certificate and Screenwriting minor. The appointment will begin September 16, 2021, and end June 15, 2022. We offer excellent comprehensive health and retirement benefits. The university is planning for in-person, on-campus instruction and will require students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus to vaccinate prior to the start of the academic year. Review of applicants will commence immediately, with a priority deadline of June 24, but the search will remain open until filled.
We seek an experienced filmmaker with a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion in both their teaching and production practice. As a program, the Digital Cinema faculty have pledged a commitment to EDIT Media's best practices for inclusive teaching in media production, http://www.editmedia.org/best-practices/, and we encourage applications from candidates who share this commitment. Experience advising and mentoring underserved student populations (including but not limited to BIPOC students, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, first-generation college students, and low-income students) is especially valued.
The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in audio/visual storytelling, directing, cinematography and lighting, and advanced production topics in narrative filmmaking. This assignment includes co-instruction of our program centerpiece, the Crew Experience, an innovative 12-credit immersion in which students leave the classroom to learn on location and collaborate under the supervision of faculty and industry mentors on the production of a significant film project.
Other teaching assignments may include screenwriting, film analysis/history, sound recording, and editing, depending on the successful candidate's expertise and interests. Candidates with experience in broadcast news, journalism, or strategic communication may also be invited to instruct classes in the Communication major's concentration in Social Media & Public Engagement, new certificate in Professional Social Media, and the Digital Journalism minor. On SOU's quarter system, the teaching load is approximately 4-3-4. Instructors have service responsibilities within their department, including program committees, advising, and new student recruitment, but research and creative work is not expected. Finalist candidates only will be asked to supply a sample syllabus from a relevant course and a creative work sample (reel, clips, or completed works) demonstrating evidence of technical skills.
Digital Cinema at SOU, http://sou.edu/digital-cinema, currently serves approximately 65 majors, providing students with a highly experiential education in visual storytelling, creative problem-solving, and professional collaboration. While rooted in the film school tradition, Digital Cinema embraces entrepreneurship and innovation to prepare students for dynamic careers in an expanding video arts and entertainment landscape. Recent graduates from our program have been accepted into some of the nation's top graduate schools for film, including USC, Chapman University, and Syracuse. In Fall 2021, we will launch a new Documentary Production certificate and Screenwriting minor, and we also offer micro-credentials in Cinema Production Technology, Set Skills for Cinema Production, and Story Development for Screenwriting.
The hub of all media education on campus is the Digital Media Center (DMC) https://dmc.sou.edu/, including a 1000 sq.ft. production studio equipped with HD multi-cam broadcast capabilities, a large green screen, lighting grid and control room, and support facilities for makeup and wardrobe. The DMC equipment room offers students free access to lighting and audio gear and cameras ranging from HD to 4K resolution. Students have their own 20-workstation digital editing lab at the DMC, equipped with the entire Adobe Creative Cloud suite, and all students have cloud access to the premium Celtx Studio for screenwriting and production management tools. Faculty also have access to these resources to support their own creative work. Students have opportunities to share their work with the public via Rogue Valley Community Television (RVTV), which is housed in the DMC, via an ongoing partnership with Southern Oregon PBS (SOPBS), and via the SOU Student Film Festival, which takes place every Spring.
Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 6,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students based in Ashland, Oregon. The surrounding area is known for its cultural offerings, such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland Independent Film Festival, and the Britt Music Festival, and has been recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as a “best place to live and work as a moviemaker” for eight consecutive years (2014-2021). The Rogue Valley is also renowned for outdoor activities such as hiking, snowboarding, and fishing. Direct flights to Los Angeles and other large cities in the Western U.S. can be booked through Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Initial appointment at the rank of Instructor requires a Master’s degree in the discipline taught, or equivalent thereof and demonstrated teaching potential.
• Candidates must have exceptional written and verbal skills as well as a desire to advise and mentor students outside of the classroom. The candidate should demonstrate competency in teaching and should have experience incorporating subject matter content into undergraduate or graduate level instruction curricula.
•Two years teaching and/or industry experience at a professional level.
• Demonstrated excellence in teaching audio/visual storytelling, directing, cinematography, and short film production.
• Evidence of a commitment to equity, accessibility, and inclusion, and demonstrated ability to work with a diverse body of students and colleagues.
• Training or experience in directing actors.

Preferred Qualification:
• Master of Fine Arts degree in film/television production or other terminal degree in a related creative/technical discipline.
• Professional credits in scripted production for commercials, television, and/or feature films.
• Experience effectively delivering courses in online and hybrid formats.
• Experience with academic and career advising.
• Technical expertise in sound recording for visual media.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Each applicant is required to provide (as attachments to the online application) the following supplemental documents: (1) letter providing some detail of the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position; (2) current resume/CV; (3) teaching philosophy; (4) a statement of commitment to equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion, including specific examples of efforts and achievements in their teaching and production practices (see: http://www.editmedia.org/best-practices/); and (5) at least three professional references. If you are unable to attach the supplemental materials to the online application please contact Human Resources for assistance.
For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human Resource Services via email at hrs@sou.edu or by phone at (541)552-8553.

Special Conditions
•Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
•Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
•Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
•Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):
-Position classification defined as “exempt” are not subject overtime
-Position classifications defined as “non exempt” *are *subject to overtime
•The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the Oregon Revised Statues and is required to comply with the requirements set forth by the Oregon department of Human Services.

Notice to Prospective Employees
Section 485 of the Higher Education Act, and The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (now referred to as the “Clery Act”),requires that prospective employees be notified of the availability of SOU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report provides the annual statistics and campus policies for the reporting of and responding to campus crimes and fires; access to campus facilities; conduct code and campus policies on use, possession and sale of drugs/alcohol; and educational/information programs to inform the campus community about campus security procedures and crime prevention.

An electronic copy of the Annual Security Report (ASR)can be accessed at the following link:
https://inside.sou.edu/assets/security/AnnualCrimeReportFinal.pdf. A physical copy of the ASR is available at no charge upon request. To request a copy please visit the Campus Public Safety Office at 382 Wightman Street, Ashland OR 97520. For more information call 541-552-6258, or email clerycoordinator@sou.edu.

All applicants must apply online at https://jobs.sou.edu/postings/8946.

Diversity Statement
Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.