University of North Carolina Wilmington
Department of Film Studies
Assistant Professor

The Department of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor, starting August 2024. The successful candidate will teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in their areas of research as well as some of the department’s core courses in film art, film theory, film historiography, and world cinema. The department seeks candidates whose work will expand our existing historical and/or international coverage, and applicants should address this qualification in their letter of interest. The candidate will join a department with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusivity and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts.

Qualifications: Candidates must possess a PhD in film studies or a related discipline. ABD will be considered; however, PhD must be obtained within the first academic year of employment. Strong preference will be given to candidates with a PhD in film studies awarded prior to August 2024. Applicants should also demonstrate potential for teaching excellence and scholarly productivity.

The UNCW Film Studies Department prepares students to participate in a world increasingly shaped by moving pictures. Through courses that offer a foundation for understanding cinema—and its relation to culture, history, technology, and aesthetics—Film Studies teaches students to create and analyze moving images, to produce research, and to make art. One of the premiere departments at UNCW, Film Studies combines critical studies with production and recently launched integrated MA and MFA programs. The department draws on the rich social and cultural heritage of the coastal city of Wilmington. Film festivals and conferences, local and visiting scholars and filmmakers, and an assortment of independent and international film screenings together create a vibrant film community. The Film Studies department hosts the journal and has a robust working relationship with area filmmaking professionals and EUE Screen Gems Studios. A Research 2 public institution, UNCW is consistently recognized for academic excellence by publications such as U. S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.

Using the link below, applicants will upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a writing sample of no more than 30 pages. Applicants must also list three professional references, who will be asked to upload their letters directly to the online portal. Adobe PDF attachments are required.

The application deadline is November 20. For questions about the position, contact Professor Todd Berliner at or Professor Lani Akande at For questions about the online application, contact Lauren Babson at or 910-962-3220.

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates from underrepresented racial, ethnic, or other minority groups, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


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