The School of Cinema and Media Arts at Biola University invites applications for a writing for film or television full-time teaching faculty member.
The ideal candidate is a skilled screenwriter with significant writing experience in television, short-form and/or transmedia storytelling. Candidates may come from the academy or entertainment industry. Candidates should be active in their fields, with a strong record of professional achievement that is both innovative and nationally recognized, as demonstrated by achievement in the creation, selling, writing, production, or development of media, film, and television projects. Preference for a candidate with a vision for expanding the program's television identity in an effort to attract and recruit students and keep pace with the evolution of shorter form drama.
Candidates should be able to teach the techniques, practices, histories and/or theories of media art with an awareness of the current professional practice and a desire to inspire students and faculty. The primary goal of the Writing for Film and Television program is to produce quality storytellers by fostering individual voices and perspectives unique to the writer. All writing-intensive courses are workshop-style with an emphasis on revision and collaboration. Evidence of some college-level teaching experience is preferred.
Responsibilities include participation in the development and growth of the Writing for Film and TV program. Teaching introductory and upper-division undergraduate writing courses. Advise students, develop new innovative curriculum and participate in faculty governance. For purposes of reappointment, tenure, and promotion, emphasis will be placed on teaching effectiveness, creative and/or scholarly achievement, and service to the University and community. Depending on the candidate's qualifications, assigned courses may support the school’s other undergraduate majors, graduate programs, and the university core curriculum. The typical undergraduate teaching load is four courses per semester. Because of the workload, some writing courses receive extra teaching load credit.
The position is a full-time assistant or associate faculty role with competitive salary and benefits. The anticipated start is the Fall 2020 semester.
An MFA or Ph.D. in a related field is preferred.
Candidates selected for review will be invited to complete a full university faculty application.
Department and University Overview:
The School of Cinema and Media Arts explores the history, theory, and production of media from cinema to television to game design to alternative media to emerging technologies. The school offers programs in production, writing, producing and game design and supports programs with business, art, computer science, theater, music composition, and interdisciplinary studies. The school has almost 300 undergraduate majors and is experiencing substantial growth. It is located 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles. It is internationally ranked in Variety and other publications.
Biola University serves a student body of over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Biola recently received the highest 10-year accreditation level by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC).
Biola University is a protestant, Christian university in which faculty endorse a university statement of Christian faith and community values, and are attentive to the integration of the Christian faith in teaching and learning.
Biola is committed to diversity and seeks faculty who can contribute to multicultural understandings. Candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to work effectively with diverse populations, female and male students and colleagues, and to integrate multicultural content and issues into their teaching.
Biola University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, age, or physical or mental disability. However, as a private religious institution, the University reserves the right to exercise preference on the basis of religion in all of its employment practices.
Application Procedure and Materials:
To start the application process, please send the following materials as part of your submission package:
A cover letter
Current curriculum vitae
A statement describing your Christian faith and its influence on your creative production.
Closing Date: Screening of applications will begin on December 15, 2019. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.
Open Until Filled: Yes
Desired Start Date: August 16, 2020
About Biola University
Biola University's Doctrinal Statement remains the foundational document regarding the theological position of the University. Biola's position from its inception has been and remains Christian, Protestant and theologically conservative. Prospective and existing employees must affirm that their personal theological beliefs are in agreement with the Biola Doctrinal Statement. A prospective or an existing employee's church affiliation will be considered in determining his or her understanding of and compliance with Biola's theological position.
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