Assistant Professor of Journalism and Screen Studies

University of Michigan Dearborn
Michigan, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Sep 24, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The major in Journalism and Screen Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn seeks a dynamic mediamaker and instructor with a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion to join our innovative program for a start date of Fall 2022. With an emphasis on storytelling in its many modes and across platforms, the JASS program blends media production practice and theory throughout its screen studies curriculum with room for both traditional and experimental approaches. 

This tenure-track Assistant Professor will be responsible for teaching a 3/3 load with courses in introductory, intermediate, and advanced media production, with the occasion to teach media studies-oriented courses a possibility. The opportunity to develop new courses in the candidate’s area of expertise and interest is also expected. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching online or hybrid courses and a demonstrated engagement with issues of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in their pedagogical approach, including experience teaching diverse student populations. As a program,we embrace EDIT Media’s best practices for inclusive teaching in media production,, and we invite applications from candidates who share this commitment.

The program is open to candidates from a wide range of approaches and expertise, although we particularly seek someone with a background in narrative or documentary production. Experience in photojournalism or with newly emerging approaches such as transmedia, interactive storytelling, web series, apps, virtual or augmented reality, or animation is also of interest. 


As our program builds cross-disciplinary alliances in other parts of the college, the ability to teach related courses in Arab American Studies or African and African American Studies is also a plus.

Our facilities include a Mac-based computer lab/classroom, a flexible production studio equipped for live multi-camera 4K production, an audio production studio, and Mac-based editing suites for student use, in addition to a full complement of video production equipment for student checkout. We also employ Adobe Creative Cloud throughout the program. Two staff members provide instructional support for the production curriculum

We are committed to engagement with our communities both in creative practice and in teaching, and the proximity of our campus to the vibrant multicultural hubs of Dearborn, Detroit, and Ann Arbor make it an exciting location for collaborative production and research. Access to both outdoor recreation and urban offerings nearby also make our area a highly desirable place to live, with cultural institutions such as the Henry Ford, Detroit Institute of Art, Arab-American Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Cinetopia Film Festival, Media City Film Festival, and Freep Film Festival all within easy reach. 

We are proud to serve a diverse student body and especially encourage applications from candidates of underrepresented backgrounds and identities as we grow in our commitment to diversity and equity in the program.


Required qualifications:

  • MFA in a media production field or PhD with media production experience in-hand by Fall 2022


Desired qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive teaching

  • Experience teaching online or hybrid courses in higher education

  • A record of creative publication

  • Experience growing a program, organization, or initiative

  • Ability to teach related courses in Arab American Studies or African and African American Studies 

Application requirements:

  • CV with three references 

  • Cover letter that specifically outlines qualifications as listed in job description, including demonstrated experience with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in professional work and/or teaching 


Candidates that advance to the next round will be asked to provide samples of teaching effectiveness, portfolio of creative work, and a statement of teaching philosophy.


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