The Department of Theatre & Film in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at The University of Mississippi invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Film Production & Southern Studies beginning August 17, 2023. This full-time, joint, tenure-track position requires a terminal degree at the time of hire along with a record that suggests the candidate will have the ability to maintain an active program of research and/or creative activities. The ideal candidate will be a practitioner/scholar, able to offer instruction in the practice of film production, as well as the history, theory, and criticism of documentary film, with an ability to teach interdisciplinary southern studies courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Responsibilities include collaborating with faculty and staff in the offering of courses which support the MFA in Documentary Expression, the BFA in Film Production, as well as the BA in Southern Studies (specific courses will be determined based on the areas of expertise of the preferred candidate); maintaining a vibrant record of professional research and/or creative activity; and performing service appropriate to the position including recruitment and participation in shared governance. Additional responsibilities include the mentorship of students in the programs both academically as well as with career preparation. The University of Mississippi, which has been recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education for twelve consecutive years as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, is located in Oxford, MS, ranked as one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns”.
Applicants should complete the University’s online application form at https://careers.olemiss.edu/ AND submit a letter of intent and an updated Curriculum Vitae. Review of applications will begin November 14, 2022. The position will remain open until an adequate pool has been established. More information about the Center for the Study of Southern Culture can be found at https://southernstudies.olemiss.edu. More information about the Department of Theatre & Film can be found at theatreandfilm.olemiss.edu.
We recognize the importance of a diverse faculty and a supportive educational and professional environment that affirms the value of cultural diversity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who are traditionally underrepresented in academia and from all candidates who are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community.
More information about the University’s Pathways to Equity: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan may be found at https://chancellor.olemiss.edu/pathways-to-equity/.
The Equity-in-Action Plan for the College of Liberal Arts may be found at https://dce.olemiss.edu/equity-in-action-plans/college-of-liberal-arts/.
The Department of Theatre & Film’s Statement on Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion may be found at https://theatreandfilm.olemiss.edu/edi.html.
The Mission Statement of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture may be found at https://southernstudies.olemiss.edu/about/mission/ and the Vision Statement may be found at https://southernstudies.olemiss.edu/vision-statement/.
Appointment (9 Month)
Assignment Type (Tenure Track)
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About the University of MS & Oxford, MS
Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi’s flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state’s largest university and is ranked among the nation’s fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.
Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.
Background Check Statement
The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.
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