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Montana State University Assistant Professor of Film Production in Bozeman, Montana

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Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 24045

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Shelley Fleming

406-994-6224

rochelle.fleming@montana.edu

Classification Title

Working Title Assistant Professor of Film Production

Brief Position Overview

The School of Film & Photography at Montana State University-Bozeman invites applications for a full-time, tenure-eligible Assistant Professor of Film beginning August 2024. We seek a colleague with the knowledge to teach production courses in the School’s undergraduate and graduate film curriculum with a focus on fiction film production in producing, sound production, lighting, cinematography, and editing.

These skill-specific areas of production are an integral part of the foundation of our program. The proposed tenure-track faculty position will be a key contributor in our film undergraduate program and our thriving, unique, award-winning M.F.A. in Science & Natural History Filmmaking.

The candidate is expected to teach a in our core BA Film and BFA in Integrated Lens-based Media programs, develop and maintain an active creative research agenda, and participate in service responsibilities.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Position Number 4A3139

Department School of Film and Photography

Division College of Arts & Architecture

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Academic Year

Semester

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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type MUS

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The School of Film & Photography at Montana State University-Bozeman invites applications for a full-time, tenure-eligible Assistant Professor of Film Production beginning August 2024. We aim to find a colleague whose creative work transcends traditional boundaries between film and related media with the ability to teach subjects across the School’s undergraduate and graduate filmmaking curriculum.

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting, and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. In addition, M.S.U. recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual-career couples. Because increasing the diversity of the film profession is one of our strategic priorities, women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain a creative research agenda and record of accomplishment

  • Demonstrate teaching effectiveness and participate in program development and assessment

  • Advise undergraduate students and serve on MFA graduate committees

  • Participate in curriculum development and assessment

  • Contribute to recruitment, retention, and outreach activities

  • Participate in School, College, and University committees

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • MFA or other terminal degree in Film, Media Production, or related fields

  • Active filmmaking agenda with a distinguished public record of original creative works and/or comparable professional work in narrative filmmaking

  • Experience in college-level teaching

  • Ability to teach comprehensive undergraduate filmmaking courses

  • Ability to teach upper-division fiction film production

  • Ability to teach specialty courses in one of the following areas: producing, sound production, lighting, cinematography, editing

  • Openness to teaching and mentoring students in an array of filmmaking styles and voices

  • Ability to teach in a diverse university community and support the success of students from diverse backgrounds

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

Owing to the breadth and integration of our programs, candidates who demonstrate

Experience, Education, Knowledge & additional interest, and expertise in one or more of the following areas will be given preference:

  • Ability to teach nonfiction production courses at the undergraduate level and in our MFA Science and Natural History Program

  • Ability to teach courses in addition to the above in one or more of the following areas: producing, sound production and post-production, lighting, cinematography, editing, post-production workflows, screenwriting, virtual production techniques

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Be able to work closely with other faculty in a collegiate environment and contribute to the school’s academic mission.

  • Have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and bring intellectual diversity to the department.

  • Dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s diversity, equity, and inclusiveness initiative.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The School of Film and Photography ( SFP ) offers B.A. programs in film and photography options, a B.F.A. in integrated Lens-Based Media, and an M.F.A. program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking.

The Department

The School of Film and Photography ( SFP ) is part of the College of Arts and Architecture, including the School of Architecture, School of Art, and the School of Music. SFP represents faculty and students engaged in creating and analyzing film, video, photography, and theatre. The School serves 219 film & video production majors with a unique curriculum that combines film and video production with theatre and critical studies; 84 photography majors with a curriculum that includes traditional, digital, and alternative processes; 43 B.F.A. students in our Integrated Lens-Based Media major representing a fusion of our film and photography curriculums, and 35 M.F.A. candidates in a documentary film and video production program that emphasizes science and natural history filmmaking.

Faculty research interests span various creative disciplines: narrative, documentary, and experimental film production; digital, analog, and alternative process photography; film studies and critical theory; and theater production.

The College

The College of Arts and Architecture is home to distinctive academic programs housed in the Schools of Art, Architecture, Music, and Film & Photography. Students enjoy close mentoring relationships with faculty through a curriculum that is rich in-studio and lab-based pedagogy. The College offers international and cultural travel opportunities for students in all majors and encourages internship experiences for many of its programs.

The College hosts the only accredited Architecture program in Montana and supports a unique, world-class graduate film program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking. Graduates from the College enjoy successful careers in art, design, media and film production, photography, architecture, education, and music as well as apply the discipline, creative problems solving skills and work ethic embedded in their programs to any career.

The College is home to the internationally recognized Montana Shakespeare in the Parks theater company and supports the Black Box Theatre and innovation and design spaces such as the Design Sandbox for Engaged Learning and the Community Design Center. For more information about the College of Arts and Architecture, go to: https://www.montana.edu/caa

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date 08/01/2024

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on February 9, 2024; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Additional Information on the Required Documents:

  • Cover Letter, not to exceed two pages, addressing the required and preferred qualifications and the candidate’s approach to teaching

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Links to three to five film/video work samples

  • Sample syllabus for entry-level introductory film production course

  • Sample syllabus for an upper-division film production course

    Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career (https://www.montana.edu/hr/recruitment-hiring-onboarding/dual_career/dualcareer.html) couples.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: https://www.montana.edu/hr/recruitment-hiring-onboarding/dual_career/dualcareer.html

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