Position: Associate Professor, Program Director, Writing for Film and Television
Department: School of Film
Contract: Appointment begins with a 5-year renewable contract
Position Description:
The University of the Arts seeks an accomplished writer-educator to build the future of the Writing for Film and Television program in the School of Film in the College of Art, Media and Design. The undergraduate BFA program in Writing for Film and Television has a successful history of more than twenty years, and is looking for its new director to expand the television curriculum to better prepare graduates for new employment opportunities opening up in network, cable and streaming television series.
Salary and rank are commensurate with experience.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Serve as the chief administrative officer of the program and provide leadership and coordination in the areas of program vision, teaching, faculty engagement, student development, internships, and fiscal management.
  • Report to and work with the School of Film Director and the Dean of the College of Art, Media and Design on faculty recruitment and development, program assessment, curriculum development, student recruitment and retention, and budget management.
  • Teach a wide range of subjects from beginning to advanced levels and lecture engagingly in courses related to visual storytelling and the creation of narrative movies, television series, and streaming/web series.
  • Maintain a professional practice; serve on university committees; advise students; participate in departmental, school, college and university activities.
  • Build and enhance interdisciplinary opportunities for Writing for Film and Television students to collaborate more with Film, Animation and Theater students in the School of Film, as well as seek out new opportunities across the university.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions. Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.
  • Professional experience, preferably with an MFA degree, although a BFA degree coupled with extensive professional experience would also be considered.
  • Should be a leader in the field and have a demonstrated record of excellence in the industry, with a broad range of professional accomplishments and strong professional connections.
  • Current professional awareness and/or connection with television streaming- web series programming and production practices, including industry connections that can lead to expansion of professional internship opportunities for WFTV students.
  • Should provide evidence of academic leadership, teaching experience and/or professional experience that would warrant an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and have a commitment to teaching and a willingness to take an active role in fostering innovative ideas and curriculum that advance the program.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: The University of the Arts—a leader in developing visual and performing artists and designers since 1876—is the only university in the United States that allows its students to collaborate across traditional lines. With more than 30 majors, 30 minors and 13 graduate programs in visual arts, performing arts, design and liberal studies, UArts develops alumni who are not only leaders in their disciplines, but also creative thinkers able to succeed in any path they choose. Our nearly 1,900 students study and create on our campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, the city’s cultural center, within walking distance of hundreds of galleries, museums, theaters and other performing arts venues.

TO APPLY: Interested qualified applicants should submit the documents on the following list via email to Mary Olivia Kram, Writing for Film + TV Administrative Assistant, mkram@uarts.edu Please ensure job title is in the subject line.
  • A letter of application detailing their qualifications.
  • An up-to-date CV.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy.
  • Sample syllabi (preferably ones that demonstrate assignments addressing innovation in the practice of film or video).
  • A digital portfolio of examples of recent work and examples of work by students (links with brief descriptions preferred, but a DVD will also be accepted). Please send completed works rather than excerpts.
  • The contact information for three professional references.
The preferred submission format for all materials is a single email attachment (single PDF or zipped folder) 2–5MB in size.
Submissions other than cover letter, CV, teaching philosophy, syllabi, reference list, and PDF portfolios will not be reviewed. Please do not submit supplemental materials or letters unless they are requested.
The University of the Arts
College of Art, Media and Design
Office of the Director of the School of Film
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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