Film Historian, Film Preservation and Collections Management 

The School of Image Arts in the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University in Toronto invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, in Film Studies, to teach in the undergraduate film program and the graduate program in Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management (F+PPCM).

Candidates must hold a PhD in Film Studies, preferably in Film History, or be ABD with a defense date set. Given the burgeoning field of film preservation and collections management, a qualified candidate without a PhD may be considered in exceptional circumstances. The ideal candidate will have a specialization in Film Preservation and Collections Management or a closely related field. The appointment, effective January 1, 2017, is subject to final budgetary approval.

Ryerson’s School of Image Arts is recognized internationally for offering top undergraduate and graduate programs in film and photography. Its curriculum is designed to lead to careers in the film, photography, new media, communications, and the cultural industries. The School’s full-time faculty is made up of dedicated individuals with established professional, research, and teaching experience in their respective areas of expertise.

Our unique two-year graduate program in Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the history of filmic and photographic media, particularly their social, cultural, and instrumental uses of these media as part of collections and archives. The program provides an integrated plan of study in academic and professional education that equips students to meet current responsibilities and future demands in film and photography preservation and in managing these collections. F+PPCM faculty includes film and photographic historians, scientists, practitioners, curators and other museum professionals.

The successful applicant should have demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: film history with a specialization in film preservation and collections management; library and information science; history of film and media technology; analogue and digital film restoration; media archeology; archival theory; museum studies; cultural heritage; film curation. Practical experience working in or with film archives, or collections management is an asset. Candidates will also be expected to establish new international institutional partners for the program, to liaise with guest scholars and organize symposia that focus on film history and film preservation. The successful candidate is expected to teach a variety of film history courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She or he must provide evidence of high-quality teaching and a strong research profile (e.g. ability to demonstrate and maintain an independent, externally funded research program), as well as the capacity for collaboration and collegial service.

Ryerson University is located in the multicultural heart of downtown Toronto. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research and creative activities.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed at: The RFA’s website can be found at: A summary of RFA benefits can be found at:

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on Start Application Process above). Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. Applications sent by mail, email or fax will not be accepted.

Applicants must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two recent samples of scholarly publishing and/or archival work, results of teaching surveys (or equivalent evidence such as a teaching dossier), and three letters of reference. Applicants should arrange for references to be sent directly from referees to Cathy Gullo, Program Manager of the School of Image Arts ( Confidential inquiries can be directed to ( Chair, School of Image Arts. Deadline for applications is September 15, 2016. 

Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


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