Emerson College’s Department of Visual & Media Arts seeks candidates to teach multi-camera television studio and field production. The positions are offered at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Artist-in-Residence (full-time, non-tenure-track). The appointment begins September 1, 2019 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 22 & 23, 2019.
Primary Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks
Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the College’s intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.
The Department of Visual and Media Arts is a vibrant and engaged community of artists, scholars and professionals, with over 100 full- and part-time faculty members and 1700 majors. The department offers general education courses in art history, a BA degree that includes both media studies and media production, a BFA in media production, an MFA in writing for film and television, and an MFA in film and media art.
Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to cultural resources, arts institutions, and research centers. Emerson College enrolls over 4,446 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 52 countries and all 50 states.
If applying for the Assistant Professor position, applicants should hold an MFA or other terminal degree, and show evidence of an ongoing creative practice in multi-camera production. Assistant Professors should show promise of nationally recognized achievement as an artist or scholar. If applying as an Artist-in-Residence, applicants should show evidence of substantial professional experience in one or more multi-camera television genres.
For both positions, the following apply: experience as a producer or director utilizing multi-camera studio or field production techniques is required. Experience with comedy production is desired. Teaching experience at the college level is strongly preferred. A demonstrated commitment to diversity in professional work and teaching is in keeping with the department’s values. A strong commitment to undergraduate education beyond the classroom is essential.
The Department of Visual & Media Arts wishes to enhance its curriculum in the areas of multi-camera studio and field television production, so candidates should speak to their vision of the future of television and media-making. Primary responsibilities will be teaching introductory-to-advanced undergraduate classes and MFA-level graduate classes in multi-camera television/video production both in the studio and in the field. The successful candidates will work with faculty from other disciplines (such as producing, sound, cinematography, etc.) to invigorate the television
curriculum. In addition, they will be expected to create deeper connections to other departments, programs, and student organizations. Courses may serve students in Comedic Arts, Journalism, Business of Creative Enterprises, or Sports Communication in addition to VMA. Working collaboratively with The Emerson Channel co-curricular student group is a key component of the position. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, student mentorship, support for admissions, and serving on department and college committees.
Applicants should submit a CV, the names and contact information for three references (not to be contacted without candidates’ approval), and a cover letter that speaks to their teaching philosophy and practice in creating an inclusive and equitable academic environment. Applicants may also send representative samples of creative/professional work.
Priority will be given to applications received by February 1, 2019 but the position will remain open until filled.