Jeanne Hoffman Smith Professorship in Film & Media Studies

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University of Oklahoma, College of Arts & Sciences Jeanne Hoffman Smith Professorship in Film and Media Studies The Department of Film and Media Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for the Jeanne Hoffman Smith Professorship at the rank of associate or full professor. We are seeking a scholar who can teach courses integral to the FMS major (in film history and media theory, e.g.) and attract majors through innovative approaches to scholarship and community collaboration. Required qualifications include a terminal degree in Film and Media Studies or a closely related field; and a demonstrated record of teaching, research, and service activities commensurate with the rank of a named professorship at a research-intensive institution. Scholars with specialization in race and/or Indigenous media, global cinema, and/or global ecocinema are particularly encouraged to apply. Secondary qualifications in gender, LGBTQ+/sexuality, television, sound studies, or public-facing humanities projects are preferred, as is experience in mentoring students from underrepresented groups. This faculty position is a full-time, nine-month appointment with a standard teaching assignment of 2/1 courses per semester. The OU Department of Film and Media Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences uses an interdisciplinary model to offer students a broad understanding of film and media history, theory, and criticism. The FMS curriculum is built around a core of FMS courses and has a creative skills requirement as well as a rich variety of electives from departments across campus. FMS offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree that provides students with a curricular balance of visual literacy and production skills. In support, the department’s Digital Media Lab maintains versatile production equipment, editing stations, and an extensive film and script library. FMS, in partnership with the Department of Native American Studies, hosts the annual Native Crossroads Film Festival and Symposium, a free, three-day event focused on Indigenous media that brings in the latest films, filmmakers, scholars, and community activists to the public. The University of Oklahoma is a comprehensive flagship research institution (Carnegie Classification R1: highest research activity) with over 30,000 students and more than 2,700 full-time faculty members offering nearly 500 different graduate and undergraduate degrees programs on three campuses (Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa). The University of Oklahoma is located in the heart of Norman, OK. Norman is a close-knit and vibrant community committed to supporting its local businesses. The city of Norman is consistently a contender on “best place to live” rankings with outstanding schools, amenities, a low cost of living, small town charm, and a variety of recreational opportunities. Norman is located just 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, the capital and economic hub of the state of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma City Metroplex, including Norman and several other suburban cities, is home to about 1.5 million residents, offering all the amenities of a major modern metropolitan community, including rich cultural diversity and heritage, an abundance of the arts, superb dining and night-life, major sporting and concert events, family entertainment, recreational adventure activities, and much more. Application review will begin February 3, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. The position is expected to begin in August, 2020. Applicants must submit a letter of application, a current CV, and names and contact information for three references. Letters of application should address how the candidate’s research, teaching, and service will contribute to the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the plan for which can be found at Additional materials including three confidential letters of reference and a 25-30 page writing sample will be asked of applicants in later stages. This institution is using Interfolio’s ByCommittee to conduct this search. All application materials should be submitted electronically through ByCommittee using the following link: Questions may be directed to: Dr. Joshua Nelson, Chair Department of Film and Media Studies University of Oklahoma 640 Parrington Oval Old Science Hall, Rm 300 Norman, OK 73019 Email: The University of Oklahoma is committed to a policy of affirmative action and actively pursues the employment of members of underrepresented groups. The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services.
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