Assistant Professor, Tenure- Track, Documentary Media Production

Assistant Professor, Tenure- Track, Documentary Media Production, Media and Film Studies Program (MFS) and the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS), Skidmore College

The Media and Film Studies Program (MFS) and the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) at Skidmore College are seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with an emphasis in the field of Documentary Media Production. The appointment is expected to begin September 1, 2022.

Job Details:

We recognize that diverse perspectives are essential for the integrity and excellence of the documentary field and higher education. We welcome candidates from under-represented groups in the discipline as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations who can contribute to the excellence of the academic community through their creative work, teaching, and/or service.  Enthusiasm for teaching, mentoring, and advising a diverse population of students is essential.  We invite you to discuss any aspects of your candidacy that are relevant to this in your application materials.

We welcome candidates who are creative non-fiction makers specializing in one or more of the following mediums: film, video, audio, photography, multi-media, interactive media, installation, performance. We are interested in candidates who have strong creative portfolios and welcome applications that demonstrate innovative and hybrid approaches to documentary media. The ideal applicant would also have a body of work that reflects a commitment to ethically produced, community-based media, as they will be expected to help shape the MDOCS Co-Creation Initiative through their knowledge of community-based, co-creative practices. Critical engagement with the current landscape and legacy of documentary media from a global perspective, as well as college-level teaching and service experience is desired. 


MFA or PhD in documentary media production or related field is required.

The successful candidate will teach 18 credit hours of undergraduate courses a year (roughly 5 courses), the bulk of which will be production courses in their areas of expertise that serve both MFS and MDOCS. Additionally, the candidate will teach in Skidmore’s Bridge Experience on a regular basis, a general education requirement focused on understanding power and justice. Other commitments will include: advising Media and Film Studies Minors, helping to shape and expand MDOCS and MFS, and college service. The position comes with an attractive start up package to be used for creative research support and equipment (to be retained by the college).

 About MFS and MDOCS:

This position is situated in MDOCS and MFS, two independent but collaborative media programs at Skidmore College. MDOCS is a marquee program that embeds documentary within Skidmore's core curriculum and its culture. It offers a variety of theory and skill-based courses spanning multiple documentary mediums; operates an enhanced production/post-production workspace (DOCLab); heads an initiative that fosters ethical documentary co-creation in the region; hosts and supports numerous events, including the weekend-long MDOCS Forum; and fosters a generative creative and intellectual community during its renowned Storytellers' Institute summer residency program. The interdisciplinary Media and Film Studies minor explores the function and structure of visual, aural, and written communication systems. Grounded in a strong liberal arts preparation, the program offers core courses in media theory and practice as well as the opportunity for advanced coursework and practical field experience. Media and Film Studies affords students the opportunity to develop critical literacy in forms of media and communication by providing a foundation in the central concepts (theoretical, practical, and aesthetic) and contexts of mediated communication; by exploring the application of current and developing forms of media and communication; and by fostering facility and skills development in the use of technology related to current and emerging media. 

Applicant Instructions:

Required documents needed to apply:

  1. On-Line Application
  2. Cover letter that includes the candidate’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community 
  3. Resume
  4. Artist Statement with emphasis on how work reflects understandings of power, justice, and collaboration
  5. Portfolio of recent work 
    1. For time-based work- links to two samples totaling no more than 10min.
    2. For still work – links to 10-15 images
    3. Please include full production credits, and specific media production proficiencies 
  6.  Teaching Statement including experience and philosophy/approaches regarding working with diverse student populations
  7. Two letters of reference- one professional, one academic- upon request

 Interested applicants can apply here.

Pay Range:  Commensurate with experience

In order to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at Skidmore College and protect all members of the College community from infection, successful candidates will be required to submit proof of full vaccination as a condition of employment, unless exempted as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely religious belief or practice.


Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.