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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) - Screenwriting

Syracuse University
New York, United States
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Posted Date
Oct 6, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Communications, Digital Media, Film & Video, Media Studies, Other Communications
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Job # 076664 Job Title Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) - Screenwriting Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate w/ Experience FLSA Status Exempt Hours
As determined by department Dean/Chair. Job Type Full-time Rank Assistant Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description
The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University invites applications for two tenure-track positions focused on screenwriting in the Television, Radio & Film ( TRF ) Department to start in August, 2023. The successful candidate will teach screenwriting courses to students studying television, film, gaming narratives, and emerging visual media, and will play a key role in creating synergies that keep the Newhouse School at the crest of practices and trends in the entertainment industry.

About the Newhouse School
Widely regarded as the nation’s leading school of communications, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University is home to approximately 2,000 undergraduates, 200 residential master’s degree students, 200 online master’s degree students and 15 doctoral degree students. They are among the best in the country, having secured a place in the class through a highly competitive admissions process. The typical admitted first-year student has a 3.8 GPA and an SAT score in the 1300s

The school’s 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex is a leading-edge learning environment where students are exposed to the tools and technologies used by professionals in the field. Features include Dick Clark Studios, a high-tech entertainment production facility that rivals many Hollywood studios; the Diane and Bob Miron Digital News Center, complete with a contemporary news set, a green screen, state-of-the-art lighting systems and cameras; the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation, a creative hub where Newhouse expertise in content development and production meets the latest media technology and programming trends; the Emerging Insights Lab, a state-of-the-art social media command center; and the Collaborative Media Room, home to
the student-produced multimedia news site, The NewsHouse.

In January 2020, the S.I. Newhouse Foundation announced a $75 million gift to the Newhouse School, the largest donation to Syracuse University in its 150-year history and one of the largest ever to any communications school.

To learn more about the Newhouse School, visit Qualifications
  • Candidates should have significant professional experience and nationally recognized writing credits. The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate teaching excellence and bring experience and proficiency in at least one additional area of creative storytelling, such as: screenwriting business, development, production or theory/critical issues.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.
Job Specific Qualifications
The faculty member will teach five classes in an academic year and will help set the direction of our screenwriting and storytelling program within the television-radio-film department. Teaching is a core responsibility of the position. The ideal candidate must also demonstrate past measure of success in a research and/or creative program that reflects active contributions to the screenwriting industry, through:
  • Publishing/selling of screenplays or books
  • Creation of published content about the field in entertainment media and/or journals
  • Development of an artistic, professional or academic specialization where the individual is recognized as an expert
  • Generating new and improved practices in the field of screenwriting.

The candidate should demonstrate an ability to connect evolving technology, diverse perspectives, and new pathways for marginalized voices in creative storytelling. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in a mentoring environment, while providing timely and relevant insights from the industry in the classroom. In addition, applicants should have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize effectiveness when working with diverse groups of students, colleagues, and community members.

This is a tenure-track position. Candidates must demonstrate the potential to bring national and/or global visibility to the School through creative activity and/or academic scholarship, such that they become recognized as experts in the field. This faculty member will also be expected to perform a variety of service duties, including academic and career advising of undergraduate and graduate students, school and university committee work, and community engagement.

This faculty member will teach five classes in an academic year. Course responsibilities will be based on the professor’s areas of expertise, and might include introductory, intermediate, or advanced courses in screenwriting and creative storytelling or other topics the candidate brings to the position.

This faculty member will also:
• Promote synergies between faculty members, departments, and schools at the University
• Look for ways to integrate and enhance screenwriting and creative storytelling courses and initiatives based at the School’s main campus and LA and NYC satellite programs.
• Develop ongoing relationships and initiatives with leading entertainment companies
• Promote the School’s international reputation in the industry
• Assist in keeping department colleagues abreast of creative and industry trends and opportunities

# HEJ Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions
Applications should include the following:
· Cover letter, emphasizing prior university teaching experience or identify the ways in which professional experience will translate into the classroom
· Resume/Curriculum Vitae
· Three Statements addressing each of the following:
o TEACHING : The Newhouse School prides itself on the high quality of education it provides. Please submit a statement describing your philosophy of teaching and learning.
o DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION : The Newhouse School seeks candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of students, colleagues, and community members. Please describe how your past experience has prepared you to contribute to the School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.
o RESEARCH / CREATIVE ACTIVITY : The Newhouse School prides itself on being inclusive of scholarly research, such as peer-reviewed journal articles, grant procurement, conference presentations and book development and creative activity such as exhibitions, juried-selections, works of art, video, audio, and trade/professional focused articles. Please describe how your experience will help you contribute to the University and School’s commitment to research and creative initiatives.
· List of three references with knowledge of your work, with complete contact information About Syracuse University
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit About the Syracuse area
Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal. EEO Statement
Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities. Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans
Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members. Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community
Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity. Quick Link Job Posting Date 10/06/2022 Application Deadline Open Until Filled Yes Priority Consideration 11/11/2022 Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants
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