ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN FILM PRODUCTION
School for the Contemporary Arts
Simon Fraser University
The School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure track position in film production at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 1, 2016. We are seeking a filmmaker or filmmaker/scholar with a significant track record in fiction, non-fiction, and/or experimental film/video production who is able to supervise and advise students on projects at all levels of our program and in a variety of forms and styles from fiction to documentary to experimental. We seek candidates with grounding in the creative aspects of film and video production, knowledge of new digital production workflows, a strong knowledge of film history, and the ability to also teach courses in cinema and media studies on a regular basis. As our film program is situated within an interdisciplinary art school, an interest in working together with fellow faculty in the other arts and fostering interdisciplinarity amongst students is also desirable. We especially value innovative and experimental approaches to creative work and inventive approaches to pedagogy.
The BFA in Film is a four-year, cohort-based production program that includes a very strong component of instruction in film studies. Students are exposed to the breadth of film styles and modes. They work intensively together over four years, each producing a number of their own productions. Our goal is to provide a well-rounded film production and studies education that also permits students to specialize in areas of their particular interest. Our students go on to be directors, producers, DPs, editors, screenwriters, and artists working in a variety of media and forms.
The School for the Contemporary Arts is located in a dynamic neighbourhood in the heart of downtown Vancouver and provides a diverse and engaging intellectual and artistic atmosphere in which to work. The School is an interdisciplinary fine and performing arts and scholarly program that offers a BA in Art, Performance, and Cinema Studies, and BFAs in Dance, Film, Music, Theatre, and Visual Art, as well as an interdisciplinary MFA and an MA in Comparative Media Arts. Faculty at the School are required to maintain a professional art practice and/or scholarly activity. A normal academic year for tenure track faculty in the School for the Contemporary Arts consists of two teaching semesters and a research semester; faculty generally teach four courses (or the equivalent) per year. Advising, committee responsibilities, supervision of graduate students, and occasional graduate level teaching are expected.
Requirements for the position include: an MA, MFA, or Ph.D. in film production or a relevant field; a well-established track record of film exhibition and production; a vibrant and continuing artistic practice. Experience teaching at the college or university level is an asset.
Applications must include: a letter of application outlining creative and scholarly background and philosophy; a curriculum vitae; links to 3 samples of artistic work; a statement of teaching philosophy; and the names and contact information (email, telephone) for three confidential referees. Please note that materials submitted will not be returned. Submit all applications by email to Elspeth Pratt, Director c/o Samantha Diamond, email@example.com
The review of applications will begin October 2, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by this date. The position is subject to availability of funding and final approval by the SFU Board of Governors. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and persons with disabilities. Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected.
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