Visiting Assistant Professor in Screenwriting

Cornell University, Department of Performing and Media Arts
Ithaca, New York
Posted Date
Jan 26, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

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Cornell University’s Department of Performing and Media Arts seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor with expertise in screenwriting for a two year, full-time position beginning July 1, 2023 and ending June 30, 2025. We are looking for a dynamic and innovative artist with a secondary field of interest, which could include directing, producing, editing, writing for television or podcasts, etc. The candidate will teach undergraduate students in our major in Performing and Media Arts, which combines interdisciplinary practice in film, media studies, theatre, and dance. Courses would include screenwriting and elective courses in the candidate’s secondary interest.



Successful candidates have some experience teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts context and must be practicing artists with a record of creative achievement in narrative film, television, and media (including produced work; award-winning scripts; professional acknowledgement such as collaborations with established production companies, leading development labs, staffing in a writer’s room, etc.).


The teaching load is two courses per semester. The successful candidate will also engage in the intellectual life of the department beyond its teaching mission. We are interested in recruiting candidates who demonstrate commitment to the highest standards of artistry, teaching, and professional activity consistent with a Research I university. Our department is committed to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.



The Department of Performing and Media Arts offers B.A. and Ph.D. degrees that allow students to study and explore within and across the disciplines film, theatre, and dance. More information is available at



Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, script sample (up to 15 pages), and a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (please see for more information) to Academic Jobs Online, Candidates on the shortlist should expect to submit three letters of recommendation. Strong candidates will have familiarity with issues of equity and inclusion in the film and media industry and a commitment to cultivating underrepresented voices in the classroom. Please note that the candidate must have either an MFA or Ph.D. officially awarded no later than July 1, 2021 or commensurate professional experience.



Rolling deadline but review of applications will begin on February 28, 2023.



Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.


Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.



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