Assistant Professor of Media Production
University of Wisconsin Madison, Department of Communication Arts
United States


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Work type: Faculty-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Instructional, Research, Scientific


Position Summary:
The Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Media Production. Applications at the Associate Professor level may be considered in exceptional cases. We seek a filmmaker, media practitioner, or hybrid practitioner-scholar to help lead forward the media production unit of our department through teaching high-demand undergraduate courses, contributing to our graduate program, helping students transition into careers, and maintaining a nationally recognized profile as a media artist and/or humanistic researcher. The appointment will begin in August 2020.


The Department of Communication Arts houses internationally recognized programs in Film, Media & Cultural Studies, Rhetoric, Politics & Culture, and Communication Science and directs the University's popular Digital Studies and Digital Cinema Production Certificate programs. The Department of Communication Arts and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are committed to fostering faculty diversity. We encourage applications from potential candidates of all race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, religious and other group identities. We especially encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate the ability to foster an inclusive work environment and work with students from diverse backgrounds and who have expertise in an area such as queer cinema, global/transnational cinema, African American media, Asian American media, Chicano/Latino media, indigenous media, or diasporic media.


In addition to being the Wisconsin state capitol, Madison is well known for its natural beauty (surrounded by lakes) and the high quality of life it offers (regularly ranking among the most livable cities in America). In addition to its proximity to Chicago, Milwaukee, and the Twin Cities, Madison possesses a vibrant arts and cultural community.


Principal Duties:
As a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, the successful candidate will be expected to teach, conduct research, and provide service.


The successful candidate will be expected to achieve excellence and productivity as a media practitioner and/or scholar. The candidate is expected to develop and maintain a nationally recognized profile within their field.


The candidate will be expected to contribute to the Department of Communication Arts' teaching mission by teaching two courses per semester. The candidate will be expected to lead large, introductory production courses and design and teach advanced production courses in their area(s) of specialization.


Mentoring students from diverse backgrounds and helping them prepare to enter careers are among the position's important duties. The candidate may also be asked to contribute to the training of graduate students pursuing research into film and media studies through serving as an advisor and/or dissertation committee member.


Institutional Statement on Diversity:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.


The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.


For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Degree and Area of Specialization:
MFA or PhD in media production, cinema and media studies, or related field.


Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:
Candidates should possess:
- Professional experience in the media industries and/or media arts communities, as well as the ability to prepare students to enter careers in these fields.
- Demonstrated ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds.
- Successful record of produced work.
- Exceptional creative ability and technical proficiency in one or more of the following areas: directing for film and television, sound design, screenwriting, animation, video editing and post-production, visual effects, and cinematography.


Appointment at the tenured level requires evidence of excellence in scholarly research, teaching and service and requires review by the Tenure Committee at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Additional Information:
The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.




Work Type:
Full Time: 100%


Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:
AUGUST 17, 2020


ACADEMIC (9 months)


Instructions to Applicants:
To be considered as a candidate, your application must be received through the Jobs at UW portal ( (PVL #100810). To apply for this position, please click on "Apply Now" and upload the following:

1) Cover letter
2) Curriculum vitae
3) A document with hyperlinks to sample media-based works and/or a media portfolio (please upload as one document)
Hybrid scholar-practitioners and screenwriters are also encouraged to submit writing samples (not to exceed 25 pages).


Candidates will also be asked to submit the names and contact information for three references; each reference will receive an electronic link through which they can upload a signed letter of reference.


For full consideration, all materials must be received no later than midnight, Monday, November 11, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Eric Hoyt


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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.


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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.


The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).


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