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Film / TV Writing Visiting Artists

Stony Brook University
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 29, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Communications, Film & Video
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Film / TV Writing Visiting Artists

Location: Stony Brook, NY
Open Date: Nov 14, 2022
Deadline: Mar 01, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

The Stony Brook University Filmmaking and TV Writing Program invites artists with significant produced work and experience teaching filmmaking and/or TV Writing to apply for Visiting Artist positions for the academic year 2023-2024. Dedicated part-time, in-the-practice visiting artists have always been a key strength of our programs and an important presence on our faculty. Our visiting appointments are renewable, flexible and may be configured to match a variety of circumstances. Successful candidates are most commonly accomplished filmmakers and/or TV writers who do not seek full time academic positions or workloads but find that teaching enhances their lives as working artists and who enjoy a connection with a thriving community of filmmakers and writers. The teaching load typically, but not always, consists of one to two workshops per semester, working with one or two Capstone advisees per academic year, and a presentation of your work. Compensation ranges from $7,500 to $25,000 per semester, depending on qualifications, obligations, and length of term. Other than one-time, single term appointments, these positions may be also eligible for benefits, including health, dental, and vision. Teaching opportunities are at our main campus, a bustling university location in Stony Brook, NY.

Our program is committed to a highly diversified curriculum across many genres of filmmaking and writing. Film (FLM) encompasses directing, screenwriting, and producing for narrative, documentary and social impact filmmaking. TV Writing (TVW) includes teaching pilot, spec, limited series and/or web series. Both FLM and TVW are within an entrepreneurial, innovative, team-based department that also offers and B.F.A. in Creative Writing & Literature and an MFA and Film and Television Writing.

Students range widely in age, backgrounds, and life experiences. They are strongly encouraged to take exploratory, multi-disciplinary, hybrid approaches to their filmmaking and writing in order to discover the idioms in which they are most powerfully able to recognize and express themselves. The visiting artist will be someone dedicated to fully participating in such a community, which is as encouraging and cooperative as it is artistically and intellectually vigorous.


Required for Film applicants: Candidates should have a strong record of directing, writing, producing, cinematography, sound, documentary or editing skills in film and should have at least one produced feature film recognized at a major festival, or an M.F.A. in Film or Video or the equivalent, such as a B.A. with an exceptionally strong record of produced films or a PhD with a strong record of produced films; and evidence of successful teaching on the undergraduate and/or graduate level.

Required for TV Writing applicants: Should have a track record of working as a writer in episodic television. This includes having written episodes that were produced and aired, or pilots that were sold or developed at major studios or network, or an M.F.A. or the equivalent, such as a B.A. with an exceptionally strong record of produced pilots or a PhD with a strong record of produced pilots; and evidence of successful teaching on the undergraduate and/or graduate level.


Preferred for Film Candidates: : We are looking for someone with hands-on experience with all aspects of low budget filmmaking, experience with digital production, including familiarity with some of the following equipment: iPhone filmmaking, basic level sound mixing and widely accessible NLE platform such as Adobe Premier or DaVinci Resolve and/or experience in documentary filmmaking. For documentary filmmakers, we are looking for someone with hands-on experience in social impact filmmaking.

Preferred for TV Writing Candidates: Experience or ability to teach pilot, spec, limited series and/or web series. Experience in social impact storytelling and content.

Preferred for both Film and TV Writing Candidates: Candidates with experience or interest in teaching an inclusive film and TV canon, not only reflecting a wide range of content and styles, but also representing work produced, directed, written, filmed, and acted by artists that include LGBTQ+, women, people of color, people with disabilities. Also preferred is experience teaching across academic disciplines, working in a team environment, as well as interest in a leadership role, which may include, for example, directing a speaker or film series, or organizing a film festival.

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Applicants need to submit electronically through Interfolio the following items: 1. Interfolio Application form; 2) a cover letter that indicates the position applying for and discusses the qualifications for the position; 3) C.V.; 4) sample undergraduate syllabus; 5) three contact references.

In response to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) regulation requiring Hospital and Nursing Home personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, candidates selected for patient care positions or positions that may come in contact with patients or patient care employees, if not already vaccinated, must be fully vaccinated or obtain the first dose of the vaccine within three (3) calendar days of acceptance of conditional job offer and must obtain any subsequent doses in accordance with the DOH vaccine protocol. Candidates who are partially vaccinated, but not yet fully vaccinated, must complete their vaccination series within three (3) calendar days of job offer or in accordance with vaccine manufacture protocol, whichever comes later. The regulation also allows for limited exemptions with reasonable accommodations, consistent with applicable law.

The selected candidate must successfully clear a background investigation.

In accordance with the Title II Crime Awareness and Security Act, a copy of our crime statistics is available upon request . It can also be viewed online at the University Police website at

Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning, and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information,veteran status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

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