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Film and Media Arts – Narrative Fiction Screen Directing Tenure Track Faculty

Temple University, Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
pay commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 21, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Arts
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Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Film and Media Arts – Narrative Fiction Screen Directing – Temple University



POSITION:                            Full-time faculty appointment in Narrative Fiction Screen Directing




RANK/SALARY:                    Assistant or Associate Professor of Narrative Fiction Screen Directing, tenure-track appointment in Film and Media Arts. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.




RESPONSIBILITIES:             Teach undergraduate and graduate courses; advise and mentor students; engage in appropriate service to the department, the university, and the profession; demonstrate a commitment to community engagement with Philadelphia cultural institutions; and facilitate outreach with area industry and independent film and media professionals




QUALIFICATIONS:              FMA seeks a visionary educator for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to teach Narrative Fiction Screen Directing courses. Candidates should have significant experience in the craft and execution of narrative films (physical production, directing actors and the camera, narrative screenwriting, and scene / script analysis). We welcome filmmakers who also work in experimental narrative and documentary/fiction hybrid forms, but experience teaching narrative fiction filmmaking is essential for this position.


We particularly seek directors with diverse perspectives who will help fulfill our mission to train students to innovate, revolutionize and creatively challenge the entertainment industry status quo. Further details about our curricular program may be found here:

Candidates should demonstrate a distinctive personal vision for their practice as well as evidence of institutional collaboration and network building.  Our innovative BFA and MFA programs require candidates who demonstrate the ability to successfully work with faculty collaborators across disciplines (Cine, Post, Producing) to produce complex, formally and thematically diverse, award-winning student films.

Successful candidates must have a substantive history of public screenings of narrative fiction directing work. A track-record of juried awards in notable and diverse festivals and venues is welcomed.




The outstanding candidate will have the following qualifications:


  1. A narrative (fiction) film/video-maker with a completed MFA or equivalent in Directing, Film, Video, or Screenwriting. An active independent filmmaker with an exceptional track record of public screenings of their work. Three years of significant, innovative teaching university-level undergraduate and graduate film production, Directing, and Screenwriting courses. A record of significant work with graduate students thesis committees, grad advising, and coordinating/leading critique. A record of and ability to discuss/demonstrate strong faculty collaboration across disciplines (producing, cinematography, and post-production) with resulting excellent student work, preferably award-winning student narrative fictional films. A record of strong relationships, networks, and contacts in independent cinema, professional industry, and/or fine art contexts with the ability to connect undergrad and graduate students to role-based industry guest lectures, potential mentorship, and internship opportunities.













APPOINTMENT DATE:       July 1, 2023




APPLICATION REVIEW:     Begins immediately and continues until position is filled.


SUBMIT APPLICATION:     Send letter of application (including one paragraph statement discussing how the candidate approaches diversity, equity and belonging in the classroom,) CV, 1 sample Directing and Film Production Syllabi, and list of 3 references with contact information to


                                              Search Committee Chair Elisabeth Subrin


                                              c/o Beth Bolton






Please be sure the file name for your application and CV includes your last name, first name, and the position name.   For example: Smith.John.Temple.Dir.App.pdf or Smith.John.Temple.Dir.CV.pdf.





Prepare to send the following additional materials if requested at a later date:


  • Samples of course syllabi A statement of the candidate’s teaching philosophy. A portfolio of teaching evaluations (student evaluations, peer reviews, video recordings of teaching, etc.) 3-5 confidential letters of recommendation (dated, signed and presented on letterhead) submitted directly from the referee


COVID-19 vaccinations are required for employment at Temple University, unless granted a religious or medical exemption (see



ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Film & Media Arts Department is an internationally recognized program in documentary, independent narrative, and experimental forms and has a history of producing socially conscious filmmakers. The program encourages a cross-disciplinary mix of theory and practice including hybrid and digital arts production.  The Department offers BA, BFA, MA, MFA and PhD degrees. Film & Media Arts is a member of Temple’s Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts, which includes the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts and the Boyer College of Music and Dance. It is located on the University’s main campus in the culturally rich and diverse city of Philadelphia. For more information about the department, consult the website




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