Academic Jobs Wiki

Wiki page for Academic Jobs in Film Studies advertised during the 2020-2021 hiring season.


Please add jobs in the following format and order them alphabetically by institution.

  1. Example University (State/Province, Country). Position Title. Specializations. Deadline. TT/NT. FT/PT. Link to Job ad(s). Updates: 

TT/NT: Tenure-track or Non-tenure track.

FT/PT: Full-Time or Part-Time

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Jobs with 2020 Application Deadlines

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Assistant Professor, Film Studies, "We especially encourage applicants with interest in transnational cinematic movements, including African Diasporic/Black, Latin-American/Latinx, and Global Indigenous." Due: October 4, 2020, TT. 10/30 - Request for writing sample (due 11/4).
  2. The Ohio State University, Department Chair, The Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts. "The successful candidate will have expertise in one or more of the department’s areas of teaching, scholarship, and practice, which include performance history and theory; theatre design and technology; acting; directing; and film studies and media production." Review of applications begins: January 4, 2021. Tenured (Associate Professor or Professor).
  3. University of Washington (Seattle, WA), Assistant Professor, Cinema and Media Studies. Specialization: Race and Media in the US: "Race and cinema, television, or media in the United States, in any of the following specializations, including but not restricted to, African-American, Latinx, Native American, or Asian-Pacific-American cinema and media." Due: November 1, 2020. TT.
    1. Letters and 2nd writing sample requested Nov. 17 (due Nov. 21)
    2. Campus Visit Stage (January 2021)

Jobs with 2021 Application Deadlines

  1. Lingnan University (Hong Kong) - Associate Professor of Film and Media in Department of Visual Studies: The Department of Visual Studies (VS) offers a multi-disciplinary course of study, focusing on art history and film art. VS admits about 30 undergraduate, MPhil and PhD students each academic year. The BA (Hons) in Visual Studies curriculum emphasises the history and theory of visual arts and culture in Asia and beyond; in addition, the programme offers students practical, object- and skill-based learning through studio practice, video production, curating and internships. The Department also offers a taught Master’s programme in Curating and Art History (MACAH). Another new taught Master’s programme in Creative and Media Industries (MACMI) will be launched in 2021/22. For more information about the Department and its programmes, please visit

VS is inviting applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Associate Professor to contribute to teaching and research in the areas of media industries and film studies. The appointee is expected to: (i) teach relevant courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including supervising undergraduate and/or postgraduate final projects; (ii) to develop innovative and rigorous research and generate research outputs with high impact; and (iii) to contribute to service and development of the Department. The appointee will be expected to make substantial contribution to the developing MACMI programme, and may need to assume a concurrent appointment as the Programme Director.

General Requirements Applicants for the position should have:

(i) A PhD degree in film and media studies or a relevant discipline;

(ii) Excellent track record of teaching and research, including publications, grants and awards;

(iii) Proven record of professional services and commitment to knowledge transfer, community engagement and related activities;

(iv) Substantive experience in administration of scholarly initiatives. Applicants who can teach a wide range of subjects in film and media studies (e.g., Hong Kong cinema, independent cinema, film festivals) are of particular interest. Expertise in cultural and creative industries is highly desirable. Applicants are required to provide information about their research records and evidence of high-quality teaching in relevant subjects.

Appointment The conditions of appointment will be competitive. The remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include annual leave, medical and dental benefits, mandatory provident fund, gratuity, and incoming passage and baggage allowance for the eligible appointee. The appointee is entitled to apply for both internal and external grants in support of his/her teaching, research and conference activities. Appointments will normally be made on an initial contract of three years, which, subject to review and mutual agreement, may lead to longer-term appointments with possibility of consideration for substantiation.

Deadline Review of applications will start from February 2021 and will continue until the post is filled. Qualified candidates are advised to submit their applications early for consideration.

2. Messiah University - Assistant Professor of Film, Video and Digital Media Production (TT)

Position Title                             Assistant Professor of Film, Video and Digital Media Production

Position Type                            Faculty

Rank Title                                 Assistant Professor

School                                      School of Humanities

Department                              Department of Communication (2061)

Discipline                                  Film & Media Arts

Level                                        Undergraduate

Time Status                              Full-time

Community of Educators         Faculty-Assistant Professor

Campus                                    Main

Position Description

The Department of Communication in the School of Humanities at Messiah University invites applications for a term-tenure track assistant professor position in Film, Video and Digital Media Production beginning August 2021.


The preferred candidate is an active filmmaker who will teach a range of introductory and upper level courses in film/digital editing and production, including courses in advanced editing and effects, film and HD production, sound, stop-motion animation, screenwriting, and other related topics, as well as a senior capstone course in the university’s interdisciplinary digital media major.  Proficiency in and ability to teach Final Cut, Premiere Pro and other Adobe applications, DaVinci Resolve, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Avid, and Dragonframe is preferred. The candidate will mentor students with individual and class projects, prepare students for professional careers in the field, and collaborate with other creative programs across campus. Contributions to the continuing development of undergraduate programming in digital humanities and significant input regarding facilities and equipment planning and decision-making are also expected. Ability to teach in the university’s general education program in areas such as non-Western topics or first-year seminars is a plus.


A MFA or PHD in a related discipline is required. Evidence of excellence in teaching and a creative portfolio are expected, as is evidence that the faculty member can support the University’s mission and identity as a Christian university of the liberal and applied arts and sciences. Candidates selected for further consideration will be asked to submit a sample of work via URL, a teaching philosophy statement, a sample syllabus, and three letters of recommendation.

The Program

Messiah’s major in film and media arts focuses on helping students develop as filmmakers and industry professionals by grounding them in aesthetics, theory, history, writing, narrative development, and production skills. An emphasis on student collaboration over competition is prioritized. Both Messiah University’s film and media arts major and digital media major are accredited by NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design). The University as a whole is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. For more information, please visit

The Department

The Messiah University Department of Communication values a holistic, liberal arts approach to our discipline. We adapt to trends and developments in communication as we stress the intellectual development, spiritual awareness, moral integrity and global citizenship of our students. The department’s mission is to educate students to become more competent, creative, and compassionate communicators in the realms of rhetorical, relational, mediated and visual communication. Fostering connections between Christian faith and the student of communication in personal, vocation and public life, we believe that communication can be used to solve human problems, promote meaningful relationships, bridge cultural divides, produce effective messages, and improve the quality of human life.

The University

Messiah University is a Christian university of the liberal and applied arts and sciences and has a student body of just over 2,600 undergraduate students, including 15.4% of under-represented and 3.1% international students from 27 countries, and over 750 graduate students, including over 17.3% of students from under-represented populations.

The University affirms the historic Apostle’s Creed as its central statement of faith. In addition, Messiah asks that all community members support the Confession of Faith which expresses the faith orientation of the University in a nonsectarian manner that highlights the specific emphases of the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Faith. Our mission is to education men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. Messiah University is a teaching institution that emphasizes instruction but values research and public service. The University gives strong support to faculty development in teaching and scholarship.


The University seeks to create a work environment and organizational culture that reflects and appreciates the uniqueness that the individual brings to the workplace while striving to provide an atmosphere of success. Messiah’s strategic plan includes a commitment to community engagement in diverse settings and the development of cross-cultural competencies as well as a commitment to developing a comprehensive and integrated approach to global engagement. As such, Messiah University is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. Successful candidates will evidence similar commitments.

Starting Date for Position          August 2021


Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience


Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please provide a current curriculum vitae or resume as well as a letter of interest that clearly explains how your Christian faith represents a strong fit with the mission of Messiah University, which is “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. Also, please provide transcripts and a personal statement of Christian faith.

Vitae Instructions to Applicants

Curriculum vitae must include: (1) education, (2) previous employment history, (3) scholarly and professional accomplishments (e.g., papers, publications, recitals, showings), (4) membership in scholarly, professional or honor societies, and (5) awards and honors received.


Word on the Street

Any movement on MIT? R1: Received a request for writing sample on 10/30 (due 11/4), but nothing since. R2: [Dec. 3] If you don't mind, I'd be interested to know more about the writing sample request. On Oct. 30, I noticed a “writing sample needed” prompt on AJO, but when I checked with the dept., I was told that they had not requested additional materials from applicants yet and didn’t know why AJO had prompted me. Shortly thereafter, the prompt on AJO disappeared. Did they reach out to you to request a writing sample? R1: I initially got an automated AJO prompt but soon after was contacted by the dept via e-mail and instructed to submit the writing sample via e-mail. R2: Thanks for clarifying! Good luck :-) R3: Any further updates? R4: [Dec 11] Got an email scheduling an interview.R3 Anyone else get email for interview? I got writing sample request and haven't heard back since, just want to be sure that if I didn't get asked for interview today, I'm out of the running...

MIT: Any word on campus interviews? R1: They are scheduled for this coming week and next.

UW: R1: Interview scheduled. R2: [Nov. 17] second writing sample and letters requested. wondering for R1 when interview was scheduled. R1: Interview was scheduled this week [Dec 7] - taking place next week [Dec 14-17] R3: [Jan 21] Rejected

U Iowa: R1: Interviews scheduled for next week. R2: Rejected [Dec. 11]. R3: Campus visit invite [Jan. 6]

U Toronto: R1: Interviews held Dec. 21st. Any word on campus visit invites?