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University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 17, 2023

Hiring Department

University of Missouri-Kansas City
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Department of Media, Art and Design programs provide students with tools to develop creative and critical thinking skills, visual and verbal communication abilities, and versatility in professional and personal situations. We offer BA degrees in Studio Art, Film and Media Arts, Art History, and Media, Art and Design, with 180 total undergraduate majors across our four degrees. We serve a variety of students including non-majors and non-traditional students. Our faculty includes nationally exhibiting artists and filmmakers, and actively publishing art historians and film scholars.

Job Description

The Department of Media, Art and Design at the University of Missouri-Kansas City seeks applicants for a full-time, non-tenure track Assistant Teaching Professor position in film and media arts. We seek candidates with experience making independent shorts, features, animation, or media art with sufficient knowledge of both narrative and documentary production methods for teaching these topics at the undergraduate intermediate level. The person in this position will teach in our hands-on media production curriculum, covering cinematography, lighting, sound recording, and editing within introductory and intermediate project-based courses. The successful candidate will also teach a basic video and audio production course for undergraduate students studying digital and public humanities. Ability to teach broad-based, introductory-level interdisciplinary courses within Media, Art and Design is preferred. The teaching load is four courses per semester.

This position will support students in the Media, Art and Design department as well as students working in the digital and public humanities as they develop projects and conduct original research that integrates digital methods with creative work and scholarship . The Department of Media, Art and Design at UMKC offers two undergraduate degrees that would be supported by this position – a B.A. in Media, Art and Design, a flexible course of study appealing to students in Digital Media, Visual Studies and Graphic Design, and a B.A. in Film and Media Arts, a rigorous course of study in film and video production, incorporating courses in film studies and art. We teach a small-crew, independent-artist approach to filmmaking. Our students create short films in courses covering narrative, documentary, animation and experimental modes, building a portfolio of original work and gaining experience in all phases of film production. Professional preparation for work in the film industry is part of our degree programs as well. Our classes include frequent visits and presentations by media professionals, and we have a robust internship program.

Minimum Qualifications

An MFA or other terminal degree in a related field is required.

Full Time/Part Time

This is a 9-month, full-time, ranked non-tenure track faculty position to begin with Fall semester 2023. There is opportunity for ranked promotion. Our academic workload and schedule promotes a positive work/life balance.


Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and credentials.

Application Deadline

Review of applications begins upon receipt and continues until the position fills.

Application Instructions

See position posting at UMKC Human Resources website: . Search using theJob Identification 46217

Applications must be submitted through the UMKC recruitment portal. To apply, please complete the application form . Combine all application materials ( current curriculum vitae; current links to media work; statement of teaching philosophy that addresses how you adapt or adjust your pedagogy to accommodate students and/or colleagues with differing educational needs, backgrounds and life circumstances; and current contact information for 3 references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document with a maximum size of 11MB and upload online as your resume attachment. Limit the document name to 50 characters and do not include any special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you are experiencing technical problems, please email .

For questions about the position, please contact including the Job Identification number 46217 and name of the position.

Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323. For more information about the Department of Communication and Journalism and UMKC, please visit .


The Department of Media, Art and Design’s own UMKC Gallery of Art hosts visiting artists, scholars and gallery exhibitions, supplements coursework and provides unique interactive learning opportunities outside of the classroom. We engage students in high-impact learning trips, such as to local artists’ studios, film festivals, and active art hubs across the country. As an urban university, our physical proximity and professional connections to museums, studios and organizations in Kansas City offer students additional opportunities for internships, access to visiting artists and enrichment programs to enhance their education.

UMKC is a public, urban, research university with more than 16,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. It is part of the larger University of Missouri System. Our university is committed to becoming a model urban university that is recognized for our partnerships with diverse communities to effectively foster a healthy, safe, more economically secure and socially just quality of life.

A City on the Rise: Big City Life and Midwest Charm, Kansas City offers the best of both worlds - a vibrant, urban community with midwestern appeal and an affordable cost of living. The university is located in a Kansas City metropolitan area that is among the most entrepreneurial cities in America with a population of more than 2.4 million. Our UMKC campuses are centered in the hubs of business activity, cultural arts, (some great barbeque and ethnic cuisine!) and health science research engagement for both the Volker and Health Sciences campuses. Our community boasts championship professional athletic teams, NASCAR racing, and a rich history of music and performing arts. Our beautiful state provides rivers, lakes, biking/hiking trails and mountains for outdoor enthusiasts all within an easy drive.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:
UMKC Statement on Diversity

University of Missouri System Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Benefit Eligibility


We offer full benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and continuing education benefits. Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more.

Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university's most important r esource.

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