DOCUMENTARY AND SOCIAL CHANGE-OPEN RANK SEARCH (ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE
PROFESSOR) IN PRODUCTION
The University of Michigan's Department of Film, Television, and
Media (FTVM) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track
production position in Documentary and Social Change to begin
August 29, 2022. This is a university year, tenure track
appointment and will be at the level of an Assistant Professor or
Associate Professor with Tenure.
Located in the nation's largest liberal arts college, the
Department of Film, Television, and Media integrates critical
studies, screenwriting, and production. Our undergraduate
curriculum encourages a deep dialogue between creative practice and
critical studies, offering a vibrant intellectual and artistic
community fostered by award winning scholars and artists.
Applicants should have a significant and active record in
nonfiction film and media making as a director or
director/writer-evidenced by festival and museum screenings,
theatrical and online distribution, or other comparable exhibition
venues. We are interested in candidates whose creative interests
and pedagogies engage areas pertaining to social change,
environmental justice, race and ethnicity, indigenous rights,
LGBTQ+ issues, and immigration, particularly within the context of
the United States. A strong background of excellence in
undergraduate education is preferred.
The successful candidate will help students understand the
practices, social impact and ethical conundrums of documentary
filmmaking committed to social change, human rights, and activism.
The candidate will take a leading role in the development of
documentary filmmaking in the unit; this will involve collaborating
with production and studies faculty on the crafting of a holistic
curriculum for documentary production, history and theory. They
will also mentor undergraduate students in their professional
Conscious of the lack of diversity in both the film industry and
academia, we embrace an inclusive environment and are particularly
interested in receiving applications from members of
under-represented groups and strongly encourage women, persons of
color, and LGBTQ+ individuals to apply.
Academic duties require teaching two courses per semester at the
undergraduate level as well as occasional independent studies and
honors projects. Candidates should be qualified to teach a range of
production courses in addition to documentary filmmaking.
" MFA or equivalent terminal degree in moving image production, or
equivalent professional experience.
" Robust and active record of documentary filmmaking as a director
or writer/director, along with the promise of continued
" A commitment to social justice production and teaching, and
ideally demonstrable teaching excellence in higher education.
" Demonstrated ability to engage with students at all skill levels
and to value the diversity of the student population in their
How to Apply
Candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae,
portfolio, and three recommendations electronically to https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/apply/FTVM
. The portfolio should include an artist statement that addresses
both previous and current work as well as future plans, a statement
of teaching philosophy and experience, a diversity statement that
discusses demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and
inclusion through art, and/or teaching/mentoring, and/or
service/engagement and links to creative work. If available, the
portfolio may also include evidence of teaching excellence and
reviews of the work (if available.)
For full consideration, complete applications should be submitted
by September 3, 2021.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job
candidates prior to receipt of a formal offer letter and uses a
third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background
checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting
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Decision Making Process
The search committee will begin reviewing applications on Tuesday,
September 7, 2021.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative
action employer and is supportive of the needs of dual career