Postdoctoral Fellow Film Department

Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jun 07, 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

The Wesleyan Documentary Project, a program in the College of Film and the Moving Image at Wesleyan University, is inviting applications to a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship beginning September 1, 2021.

The successful candidate is expected to lay the groundwork for a biennial interdisciplinary summit that will feature documentary scholars, practitioners, industry executives and funders engaged in what has been termed the “decolonize the doc” movement. Duties may also include teaching one course per year and providing pedagogical support to our documentary studies classes.

We invite applications from scholar-teachers with a Ph.D. in hand by start of the appointment. Candidates must have a particular focus on documentary film including current works and practices, and can specialize in documentary film studies, film studies, cinema studies, global media, media studies or a related field. Those with an additional interdisciplinary interest in Latinx studies are particularly encouraged to apply. The position requires excellent organizational and time management skills, outstanding writing and communication abilities, a collaborative working style and adaptability. Knowledge of Spanish would be considered an asset.

This Postdoctoral position offers opportunities to build administrative experience, further professional development, contribute to an emerging undergraduate documentary curriculum and participate in the campus-wide academic community.

Successful candidates will join a distinguished undergraduate major with fifty years of achievement and over 400 alumni working throughout the film and television industries. Our curriculum unifies media studies with production in a liberal-arts setting and emphasizes audience-centered artistic practice.

This position is renewable for a second year based on performance.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. is required in documentary film studies, film studies, global media, media studies or related fields.

Special Instructions To Applicants

You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are a 1) a letter of application; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) writing sample. 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.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to insure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).

After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of your referees whose email address you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that he or she submit a letter of reference for you.

Additional Information

Applications submitted before June 30, 2021 will be given full consideration.

Contact Tracy Strain ( if you have any 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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