Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Film/Television Directing (Georgia State University)

Be part of the School of Film, Media & Theatre’s growing faculty at Georgia State University, an enterprising Research I university in Atlanta. Our next Assistant Professor in Film/Television Directing will play a central role as the school collaborates to transform its curriculum and pedagogy to foreground experiential, interdisciplinary, and technologically enhanced learning furthering Georgia State’s strategic goal of demonstrating that students from all backgrounds can achieve academic and career success. Opportunities for support for faculty include intramural research grants, summer funding, teaching release time, graduate research assistants, and travel funds.

The School of Film, Media & Theatre is part of the College of the Arts, which was established in 2016 and also includes the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, the School of Music, and the Center for Educational Partnerships in Music. In addition to offering some of the university’s most popular majors, the college connects faculty and students with Atlanta’s thriving arts scene and booming film and music industries.

The School of Film, Media & Theatre has over 1200 majors and houses a Ph.D. program in Moving Image Studies, an M.F.A in digital filmmaking, M.A. programs in film/media production and studies, and undergraduate programs in film/media and acting/theatre. We are located in the heart of the third largest media-producing capital in America. The School is dedicated to broadening the range of voices heard in American culture (including perspectives that are often marginalized because of race, gender identity, age, class, rural status, ethnicity, body image, disability, sexual orientation, military status, religion, or political orientation) and to critically examining the functions of mainstream visual storytelling in our culture.

Georgia State University is a national leader in using innovation to drive student success and research growth. The university provides its world-class faculty and more than 50,000 students significant research, teaching, and learning opportunities in one of the 21st century’s great global cities. In 2022, U.S. News & World Report ranked Georgia State as #2 in Most Innovative Schools, #2 in Best Undergraduate Teaching, #5 in Learning Communities, #6 in First-Year Experiences, and #11 in Top Performers on Social Mobility among national universities.



We seek a colleague who directs film/television and who has particular expertise in working with actors. The ideal colleague would work closely with both undergraduate/graduate film production students in the Film and Media program and undergraduate students in the Acting/Theatre program.

The selected candidate is expected to teach graduate and undergraduate level courses in directing and acting; to maintain an active research/creative agenda in film/television/media/theatre; to advise and mentor graduate students; and to participate in service at the school, college, and/or university levels.

The selected candidate is expected to contribute to the School’s efforts to broaden the diversity of voices in directing. Of particular interest are directors who, through their creative activity and teaching, foreground the narratives and/or experiences of Women, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, AAPI, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and/or Disabled communities. We are actively seeking applicants that have a commitment to equity-forward teaching practices and who recognize and embrace the values of inclusivity and diversity, both in the classroom and in the field.



Essential Qualifications:

● M.F.A. degree in directing or a related field (in hand by August 1, 2022).
● An emerging record of creative activity in film/television directing.
● Ability to teach advanced and introductory directing and acting courses at undergraduate and graduate levels.
● Ability to mentor young directors and actors (particularly from underrepresented groups).

Preferred Qualifications:

● An established record of film/ television directing invested in (but not limited to): Women, Black American/ African/ Diasporic narratives, Black Feminist/ Queer/ Trans narratives, Latinx, Indigenous, AAPI, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and/or Disabled communities.
● Experience in teaching advanced and introductory directing and acting courses at undergraduate and graduate levels.
● An established record of teaching directing and acting in ways that accentuate the contributions of Women, Black American, Black Feminist/ Queer/ Trans, Latinx, Indigenous, AAPI, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and/ or Disabled individuals.
● Ability to direct student actors in live stage productions.


Application Procedure:

We encourage candidates to articulate their creative practice as a tool for artistic expression, amplifying diverse voices, and social engagement, leading to transformative teaching in the classroom.


1) a letter of application addressing the essential and preferred qualifications as well as your past and/or potential contributions to diversity/inclusion through research/creative activity and teaching.

2) curriculum vitae

3) evidence (e.g., a professional reel) documenting highlights of your creative activity; and

4) at least three letters of recommendation (current and specific to this position).

Applicants should send their materials to Regina Anderson ([email protected]). Questions about the position should be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Ly Bolia ([email protected]). To ensure consideration, please submit all materials by March 15, 2022. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Should you be recommended for a position, an offer of employment will be conditional on background verification.


Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class. As a campus with a diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a history of mentoring under-represented minorities in film/media production.