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Professional-in-Residence in Film Production

Washington and Lee University
Lexington, Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 10, 2024

Job Details

The Washington and Lee University Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, in cooperation with the Department of Theater, Dance, and Film, invites applications for a two-year appointment as a professional-in-residence in film production, beginning July 1, 2024, or by mid-August, or, after Jan. 1, 2025.

Candidates should be prepared to teach three courses per year, a combination of existing courses and new ones the professional-in-residence can create. The successful candidate would also serve as a mentor to film students, teach a master class, one-time seminar or other ways of sharing your expertise.

That expertise should include being an experienced and accomplished mid-career film production professional in one or more of these crafts: directing, producing, editing, screenwriting, lighting, production management, cinematography, and other, related fields within the art and science of film production.

Washington and Lee University promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in teaching and for vigorous scholarship. In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we welcome applications from underrepresented minority candidates and members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academia.

The university offers a minor in Film and Visual Culture, as well as majors in Journalism, Strategic Communication, and Theater. Students take film courses in the Departments of English, Journalism and Mass Communication, Theater, Dance & Film, and others.

A master’s degree is preferred, in combination with significant experience in some aspect of film production. Other qualifications: the ability to teach specific courses or subject areas, and the creativity to design a new course, plus mentoring students and serving as a resource to the students and university community. Teaching experience desired, but not required. Candidates need to be on campus from mid-August through late April of each academic year.

Review of applications will begin on April 24 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit the following materials:
  • Letter of application summarizing teaching interests and experience, scholarship, and demonstrating the ability to work with a diverse student population.
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • If the applicant has had previous college teaching experience, please submit evidence of teaching effectiveness with student course evaluations and/or other methods of feedback.
All materials should be submitted via Interfolio at .

For more information, please contact the search committee chair: Kevin Finch, associate professor, at .

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


About W&L
Washington and Lee University is a nationally ranked, private liberal arts institution located in
Lexington, Virginia. W&L integrates the rigorous inquiry and critical thinking of a liberal arts
curriculum with nationally accredited undergraduate programs in business and journalism, and
a graduate School of Law. Our academic units are strengthened by meaningful collaborations,
all in the service of the university’s mission.

With an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,860, our small size enables students to
find mentors and develop personal relationships across campus. W&L is committed to
institutional citizenship. We regard liberal arts education as an important public good, of value
not only to our students and alumni, but also to the larger communities in which we live.

Our Mission
W&L provides a liberal arts education that develops students’ capacity to think freely, critically,
and humanely and to conduct themselves with honor, integrity, and civility. Graduates will be
prepared for lifelong learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others,
and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.

Our Community
W&L is the ninth-oldest institution of higher education in the U.S. and is located in the scenic
Shenandoah Valley. We are a modern university located on a beautiful and historically
significant campus.

Our most valuable asset is the quality of our vibrant and welcoming community. Our faculty are
devoted teachers and scholars who uphold the highest academic standards and take a personal
interest in the lives of their students. Our staff takes pride in knowing that each individual
makes important contributions to the success of the university. Our alumni are extraordinarily
loyal and generous to their alma mater.

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion affirms that diverse perspectives and
backgrounds enhance our community. The university is committed to the recruitment,
enrichment, and retention of faculty and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points
of view, interests, and identities.



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