Department of Cinema and Media Arts, The School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD), York University

The Department of Cinema and Media Arts, in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for an open-rank (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor) professorial stream tenure-track or tenured appointment in Film Production to commence July 1, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

This opportunity is open to qualified individuals who self-identify as Black peoples of African Descent (for example Africans and African heritage people from the Caribbean, Americas, Europe). Recognizing the underrepresentation of Black faculty, this opportunity is to support the University’s Affirmative Action program and has been developed based on the special program provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code. The position is part of a cohort hire of fourteen new colleagues at York University, including hires across a number of faculties and a wide range of areas and fields. The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant scholarly community at York, where we aspire to achieve equity and diversity in all areas, including race equity.

An MA or MFA in Film with a substantial record of ongoing professional experience in Film or Digital Production and/or Filmmaking or a related field is required, with a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in creative practice/research and teaching. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of creative or research practice and have specialized technical knowledge and experience from among the following areas: cinematography, lighting, digital workflow, editing, digital effects, and compositing, with significant experience in teaching or potential to teach visual storytelling, and pre-visualization. A practical knowledge of sound recording, sound editing, mixing and colour correction/grading is desirable. The successful candidate should be prepared to lead in-class technical workshops, to teach studio and elective courses and to develop new curriculum in the area of digital filmmaking from image capture to digital workflow through to exhibition/distribution master.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded creative practice or research at the highest level. We acknowledge that within higher education in Canada, traditional or conventional academic pathways can reinforce biases in the filling of faculty posts. We encourage applications that may not fit this mold and challenge traditional notions of scholarship and research.

Candidates must provide evidence of creative or research excellence or promise of creative or research excellence of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in: the submitted research/professional practice statement; a record of film and/or digital production, significant screenings with major broadcasters, festival presentations, awards and accolades, and strong recommendations from referees of high standing.
The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching, and the successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through: the submitted teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations where available; and strong letters of reference.

The Department of Cinema & Media Arts is Canada’s first and foremost film school with four specialized streams of study, premier production facilities, strong industry as well as independent film & media arts community connections, backed by a stellar faculty of internationally renowned filmmakers, screenwriters & scholars. York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Through cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Caitlin Fisher, Chair of the Department of Cinema and Media Arts, in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University, at

This selection will be limited to individuals who self-identify as Aboriginal (Indigenous), Black or members of other visible minorities (racialized groups). York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. York University encourages Aboriginal (Indigenous), Black peoples or members of other visible minorities (racialized groups) to self-identify as a member of one or more of the four designated groups: women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities. The Affirmative Action program can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is January 15, 2021. A letter of application with updated curriculum vitae, statements of research/professional practice and teaching, three letters of reference and teaching evaluations (where available) should be submitted at . If you have any questions please contact Amorell Saunders N’Daw at and Chiedza Chigumba at


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