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Department Chair in Film and Television

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jul 12, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Film & Video
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Boston University’s College of Communication invites applications for the Chair of its Film and Television Department. We seek a colleague with a professional track record in their area of film and/or television, committed to the highest educational standards and a focus on the innovations necessary in an era of dramatic change across the entire media landscape.

                The Department is comprised of a comprehensive program that offers a BS in Film and Television to over six hundred undergraduate majors, along with four MS and MFA graduate programs. The department and the university are committed to fostering a diverse university community within a supportive and respectful environment. We believe that the diversity of our faculty, students, and staff is e­ssential to our success as a leading research university and is an integral component of institutional excellence.

                The successful candidate for chair must have an abiding commitment to promoting an inclusive and diverse educational environment.

The chair should have a record of administrative experience in the Film and Television industry or in academia. The chair works with other members of the College of Communication’s leadership team to build on the already excellent reputation of the unit and move the department to the forefront of Film and Television education.

The chair will be appointed at the rank of Professor of the Practice, non-tenure track, and will provide leadership for the department as well as teach one undergraduate or graduate course per semester.


This is a non-tenure track appointment with an initial three year, renewable contract.


We seek candidates with these qualities:

  • A record of sustained excellence. Eligibility for appointment at the rank of Professor of the Practice at Boston University: A distinguished practitioner in their respective profession whose record of accomplishment leads to an international or, as appropriate, national reputation in his or her field.” A master’s degree is preferred. Applicants with bachelor’s degrees and significant professional experience are encouraged to apply. Demonstrated accomplishments in promoting diversity and inclusion in an organization.

Applications should include a letter of interest, including a statement of teaching philosophy with a discussion of how our program can best prepare our students in a rapidly changing industry.

A CV and the names and contact information for three references are also required.

Electronic applications should be sent to:, with attachments (Word or PDF).

Or via mail to:

Rachael Kelley

Department Administrator

Boston University

College of Communication,

640 Commonwealth Ave.,

Boston, MA 02215.




Questions may be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Sheila Sitomer :

Applications are due November 1, 2022. Review of materials will begin and continue until the position is filled. Proposed start date is July 1, 2023.  All inquiries will be kept confidential.

Established in 1947, the College of Communication (COM) at Boston University is a large college with departments specializing in Film and Television, Journalism, Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations. COM’s student population exceeds 2000 students annually, including undergraduate and Master’s level students. The college integrates a strong liberal arts core with a heavy focus on preparing students for careers as communication professionals. Our faculty is a blend of traditional academicians and widely experienced professionals. Located in the “hub of education” and a major media market, Boston University’s College of Communication offers prospective faculty members a wealth of opportunities for collaborative efforts in academic and professional spheres.

 Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.



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