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Spelman College
Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Oct 31, 2023

Position Information

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Area of Study

Documentary Filmmaking


Fall Semester 2024

About the College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in educating women of African descent. The College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students in Atlanta. Spelman is the country’s leading producer of Black women who complete Ph. D.s in science, technology, engineering, and math ( STEM ). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 54 among all liberal arts colleges, No. 24 for undergraduate teaching, No. 4 for social mobility among liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 for the 15th year among historically Black colleges and universities.

Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Rosalind Brewer, political leader Stacey Abrams, former Acting Surgeon General, and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley, actress and producer Latanya Richardson Jackson, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones .

Position Description

The Department of Art & Visual Culture ( AVC ) at Spelman College seeks an endowed professor in documentary film-making to lead its growing B.A. program beginning in August 2024. The rank of the position is Associate Professor/Full Professor.

AVC prepares the next generation of African American women artists, scholars, and thought leaders by offering an interdisciplinary academic education at a premiere Historically Black College and University ( HBCU ). It is the largest department in the Division of the Arts. In addition to the documentary film-making major, AVC houses majors and minors in art, art history, curatorial studies, photography, interactive media, and game design development.

Established in 2017, the B.A. in documentary film-making is a first at an HBCU . The curriculum underscores the value of a liberal arts education through the intersection of visual culture, humanities, and new technologies. Seniors produce thesis films and a showcase open to the public. In addition, the program prepares students for graduate school, professional industries, and community engagement. In 2024 the program will relocate to a new on-campus facility, the Mary Schmidt Campbell Center for Innovation & the Arts. For more information, visit

AVC is a department in the Division of the Arts, which includes the departments of Dance Performance & Choreography, Theater & Performance, Music, the Digital Moving Image Salon, and the Arthur M. Blank Innovation Lab.

The Position:

We welcome applications from outstanding candidates with a bold, strategic vision for 21st-century documentary film-making and knowledge of emerging trends in the field, including those with new technologies. Applicants should be knowledgeable in historical and contemporary documentary film practices that reach beyond the Western canon and center BIPOC, transnational, and queer practitioners. They should have significantly contributed to one or more of these spaces.

The endowed professor will have experience in grant writing, community engagement, and opportunities to enhance student experiences in the field.


The endowed professor will provide academic and artistic leadership for the documentary filmmaking program. Their responsibilities include:

• articulating and advocating the program’s vision within the department, the division, and the College.
• developing relationships with graduate programs and national and local film communities
• advising students
• creating opportunities for students to interact with professional filmmakers
• overseeing thesis development and production
• engaging with Institutional Advancement to identify funding opportunities for the program.

The teaching responsibility is a total of three courses per academic year.


Applicants should be proven leaders with an artistic and intellectual vision who are accomplished documentary filmmakers from the academic academy, non-profit or commercial organizations. Teaching experience, a commitment to a diverse and wellrounded documentary filmmaking education, and a commitment to social justice, as reflected in their filmmaking and teaching philosophy, are required. Applicants with experience in new forms of documentary filmmaking should indicate this in their application. Applicants should hold a terminal degree in the field or equivalent professional experience.

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Any correspondence regarding the position or your application will be relayed to you by our Faculty Affairs Team. Please do not reach out to any department faculty regarding the position or status of your application. We appreciate your interest and consideration.

EEO Statement

Spelman College is an EEO /Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Title IX Employer and we participate in E-Verify. We are a smoke-free campus

Deadline to Receive Letter(s) of Reference


COVID-19 Vaccination Protocol

Due to the heightened risk of contracting COVID -19 and the spread of variants, Spelman College requires up to date COVID -19 vaccination of all faculty, staff, and students (collectively “Campus Community”) that have job duties, attend classes, or are otherwise present on campus. You will need to submit proof of up-to-date COVID -19 vaccination: full vaccination and a booster (when eligible) or a single dose of the bivalent vaccine) prior to your first day on campus or you may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement by providing the necessary documentation to: Yemi Brown, PharmD Manager of COVID -19 Operations, at . Upon receiving your Spelman Technology log-in credentials, please keep your vaccination or exemptions records up-to-date using Etrieve .
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Documents Needed To Apply
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  1. Cover Letter of Interest
  2. Transcripts (unofficial)
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Portfolio
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