Assistant Professor of Digital Film and Television

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is a member of the University of Wisconsin System and is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles east of the Twin Cities metropolitan area with easily accessible year around arts, cultural and recreational events.   UWRF’s 6,700 graduate and undergraduate students pursue degrees in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Professional Studies and the College of Business and Economics.   The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising and co-curricular activities.   A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunities for meaningful interchange between faculty and students.   Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued.

The Position:
The faculty member is a digital film and television generalist within the liberal arts tradition.   The faculty member should be prepared to teach existing courses in the Digital Film and Television emphasis (e.g., courses in media literacy, electronic media copywriting, basic and advanced studio/field production, documentary production, sophomore seminar in DFT – a research/writing methods class, senior seminar/careers course in DFT, etc.).   The faculty member should be prepared to work with digital film and television-related co-curricular activities and supervise internships.   In addition to teaching, he or she is expected to:  1) engage in scholarly and/or creative activity;  2) engage in service to the department, college, university, and/or community;  3) demonstrate professional activity in state, national and/or international organizations; 4) advise students academically and in co-curricular activities related to the department.

The position is a full-time tenure-track faculty position beginning August 26, 2013.   Compensation is based on qualifications, including education and experience.   The normal teaching load is 12 units with reassigned time for co-curricular activities. The terminal degree is required for promotion to the rank of professor. The University expects scholarly activity including research, scholarship and/or creative endeavor that supports its programs.

Through its strategic plan, Pathway to Distinction, UW-River Falls will vigorously pursue three goals:
Distinctive Academic Excellence; Global Education and Engagement; Innovation and Partnerships.  
In support of our first goal, UW-River Falls strives to be a leader in collaborative and undergraduate research, we therefore seek faculty members who have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activity. The university is also interested in applicants who can support and extend our partnerships and initiatives in Asia (particularly China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong) and in Latin America. The university's strategic focus on international education encourages faculty to develop courses/pedagogy that facilitate the transition of international in-bound students and out-bound UWRF students and enhance our curricular and programmatic partnerships in these regions.

Qualifications (Required):

•    Ph.D. or MFA in Digital Film and/or Television or related field by time of appointment (preferred) or MA + 10 years of professional broadcast and/or film experience (considered)
•    Evidence of excellence in teaching digital film and television related courses
•    Experience and/or interest in supervising digital film and television co-curricular activities
•    Demonstrated ability to contribute to the enhancement of students’ awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnic and cultural heritages

Qualifications which may be considered an asset:

•    Demonstrated ability or experience in teaching digital film and television from a global perspective
•    Professional broadcast and/or film experience
To Apply:  Online applications are required at:
Electronic applications are required.  
Submit resume (or curriculum vitae), letter of interest (cover letter), statement of experience (sample publications 1), and a diversity statement explaining your ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures (diversity statement).   Include unofficial transcripts (unofficial transcripts, unofficial transcripts continued), official copies will be required if hired. Submit at least three letters of reference by individuals who can specifically comment on your teaching ability, experience and professional preparation (reference letters).

Inquiries should be addressed to:

Jennifer Willis-Rivera, Chair, Search and Screen Committee, Department of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts, University of Wisconsin – River Falls

Deadline to Apply
:  For full consideration applications must be received by November 7, 2012.  Review of applications will begin November 9 and continue until the position is filled.

The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request.  The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.   Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.

UW – River Falls is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, sexual orientation, race color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin.   All persons especially women, persons of color and the disabled are encourage do apply.  Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.