Assistant Teaching Professor of Film Production (NTT)

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

University of Missouri-Columbia

Job Description
Assistant Teaching Professor in Film Production

School of Visual Studies

College of Arts & Science

University of Missouri-Columbia



APPOINTMENT: Assistant Teaching Professor, ranked non-tenure track, 1.0 FTE, 9-month appointment; possibility of summer teaching.

POSITION:  The School of Visual Studies (SVS) invites applications for a full time, ranked, non-tenure track, Assistant Teaching Professor in the Film Studies Production Program at the University of Missouri starting Fall 2022. The school seeks a creative filmmaker with a significant record of creative activity and teaching experience in the field. Candidates should be fully conversant with digital production tools and have experience teaching undergraduate courses in two or more areas of video production.

The SVS’s Film Studies Production Program offers an immersive curriculum in film production, spanning from writing and cinematography to audio engineering and field production. The program combines rigorous technical instruction with aesthetic, historical, and theoretical topics that inspire students to find innovative ways to express themselves through the medium of film. Students take courses in writing, critical studies, art, digital storytelling, video production and animation.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated excellence in film production, the ability to engage productively with students at all skill levels, and a commitment to developing a vibrant video production curriculum within the context of a large state university. The candidate must be able to teach introductory through advanced production classes in filmmaking. The candidate must be able to teach in two or more of these areas: field production, cinematography, directing, audio production, pre- and post-production, screenwriting, story development, and writing and theory. Duties include teaching three courses per semester (6 per academic year) and working with the SVS director and film studies program coordinator to expand film offerings and strengthen collaborations with local and national production companies, the True/False Film Festival, and other areas of film and digital media production at the University of Missouri. These include the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism, the SVS Digital Storytelling Program, and the IT Program in Entertainment Media.


70%     Teaching (6 courses per academic year)

30%     Service (Recruiting, Program Development, Administration and Service)



Teaching in the School of Visual Studies requires a focus on engaging, educating, and mentoring a diverse group of learners, which includes creating high-impact opportunities such as sponsoring student research or internships, developing collaborative teaching opportunities with other disciplines, and using innovative pedagogies. Teaching in SVS also requires mentoring undergraduate and graduate students as appropriate in academic, research and professional development to support student success.

The School of Visual Studies service expectations include participation in recruitment and retention efforts, serving on program, school or college committees as appropriate, and participation in professional academic organizations outside the University, including professional and community-based groups that advance SVS’s goals of student success and diversity.
Minimum Qualifications:

MFA or equivalent degree, or candidates with extensive commensurate professional experience and a BA/BFA in Film, Video or related field. 
Documented record of two or more years of teaching.
Candidates will be evaluated on:

MFA or equivalent degree.
Demonstrated ability to teach audio production and mixing for film.
Demonstrated ability to teach post-production.
Demonstrated fluency with two or more of the following technical tools: Adobe Premiere, Adobe AfterEffects, Davinci Resolve, digital camera systems, professional microphone systems and audio mixers, Autodesk Maya
Ability to integrate contemporary issues in filmmaking into the curriculum.
Experience with a variety of teaching strategies.
Demonstrated ability to work collegially with other faculty and students on interdisciplinary/collaborative projects.
Demonstrated evidence of engaging, educating, and mentoring a diverse group of learners.
Application Materials
Please use the online application and be prepared to upload:

Letter of application that clearly addresses key qualifications and describing creative work.
Current, comprehensive CV.
Professional statement that includes your teaching philosophy.
Diversity statement that describes your experiences, commitment, and goals in regards to incorporating an understanding of diversity/multiculturalism in teaching and mentoring.
Links to samples of relevant creative work.
Links to samples of students’ work.
The names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) professional references who can confirm the candidate’s qualifications and experience
Application Deadline
Screening begins November 29, 2021 and continues until a qualified candidate is hired.

Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype or Zoom. Applicants may contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Christian Rozier (rozierc@missouri.edu) with any questions regarding the job duties and  Human Resource Services (muhrs@missouri.edu ) with any questions regarding  the application process.
Other Information
About the School of Visual Studies:

The School of Visual Studies, including degree programs in Art, Art History, Digital Storytelling and Film Studies, resides in the College of Arts & Science and was launched in 2017 to create a collaborative, interdisciplinary, cutting-edge education that reflects 21st century studio practice and visual culture. SVS offers bachelor of arts (BA), bachelor of fine arts (BFA), master of arts (MA), master of fine arts (MFA), and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees within the four programs. SVS is also home to the George Caleb Bingham Gallery featuring exhibitions by visiting artists, faculty and students.


About the University of Missouri:

Established in 1839, the University of Missouri knows what it means to be first. We were the first public university west of the Mississippi River. We are home to the world’s first journalism school. We started the tradition of homecoming. As a flagship, land-grant institution and one of only 62 universities across the U.S. and Canada to be a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, we are a campus where empathy, innovation and hard work combine to solve the world’s grand challenges. We tackle diverse problems because Missouri is a diverse state — from the southern Ozarks to the northern plains. We are Mizzou, where Black and Gold runs deep and Truman the Tiger embodies our bold spirit.

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal, student success, and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence. The University of Missouri is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


About Columbia, Missouri:

Ranked by the American Institute for Economic Research as one of the nation’s top 10 college towns, Columbia combines small-town comforts, community spirit and a low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Columbia is home to about 110,000 people and lies midway between Missouri’s largest metro areas: St. Louis and Kansas City. It is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues; home to multiple parks and outdoor recreation sites such as Rock Bridge State Park and the MKT Trail; and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals, including the internationally known True False Film Festival. Money magazine, 

Fortune magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Men’s Journal, MSN.com and others have all named Columbia one of the best places in the country to live.
Benefit Eligibility
This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.

To apply for this job please visit erecruit.umsystem.edu.