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Assistant Professor AY

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Department: School of Performing Arts
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts (Music | Theatre | Cinema) invites applicants for a tenure track Cinema Production faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. This appointment begins August 10, 2022. RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach fiction and documentary cinema production courses, from introductory to advanced levels; mentor and advise students on independent film projects (for a load of 2/2). Supervise TAs responsible for equipment management, classroom and project assistance. Advise and supervise undergraduate assistants in organizing our annual student film festival, giving tours, and recording performances. Make recommendations for annual cinema equipment purchases.

Required Qualifications

MFA in Film Production or equivalent relevant MA or MFA degree. Applicants must have the required degree in-hand by the date of appointment; a minimum of two years experience with film production tools including digital cameras, microphones, sound recorders, and editing software. At least two years teaching experience at the college/university level with demonstrated effectiveness in teaching, as evidenced by student evaluations and/or references. Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment with artists and professionals across multiple creative disciplines. Occasional travel to attend professional meetings and conferences. Criminal conviction check required.

Preferred Qualifications

Clear interest in helping develop Virginia Tech's growing Cinema program. Demonstrated ability to teach both larger introductory classes and smaller advanced courses. Sincere appreciation for film studies (of equivalent value with production in our school). Ability to support students working on ambitious projects through independent study. Demonstrated commitment to applicant's own creative work. Experience or interest in independent filmmaking and game videos. Commitment to making classes fun while actively challenging students to create work of significant thematic content. Ability to thrive in a rural setting.

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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