Department of Entertainment and Media Studies
Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia invites applications for a professor-of-practice, assistant or associate professor position to begin in August, 2020. This individual will be primarily responsible for teaching in the new Master of Fine Arts program in Film, Television and Digital Media to launch August 2020 in partnership with the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Georgia Film Academy.

Academic Rank/Salary
This is an open rank position but the selected candidate will be appointed as either professor-of-practice (non-tenure track Clinical Assistant, Clinical Associate, or Clinical Professor rank); Assistant Professor (on tenure track); or Associate Professor (on tenure track or tenured upon appointment). Salary is competitive.  The position is located at the Grady College in Athens, Georgia.

Responsibilities
The college is seeking an individual to teach a range courses on directing, producing, and/or writing for the screen. Successful applicants will be able to teach in at least two of the following areas: screenwriting, directing, post-production, and producing long-form narratives for traditional, digital, streaming, or emerging distribution channels.  Service on department, college and university committees is expected, as is mentorship and supervision of MFA capstone film projects.

Minimum Qualifications
For consideration as a professor-of-practice, we are seeking individuals with at least a bachelor’s degree in film studies, media studies, communication, or a related discipline, and 5 years of significant industry experience and accomplishments in one or more of the following areas: producing, writing, directing, and/or post-production for the screen.  Official rank will be Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, or Clinical Professor and it will be based on the level of industry recognition.  For more information regarding the non-tenure track clinical ranks please see the Grady Clinical Guidelines link at https://provost.uga.edu/_resources/documents/grady_capu_criteria.pdf.  Candidates with a bachelor’s or non-terminal master’s degree must document an outstanding record of industry experience and must be approved for a terminal degree exception before hire.

For consideration as an assistant professor on tenure track, candidates must have an MFA or Ph.D. in film studies, media studies, communication, or a related discipline, and 5 years of significant industry experience and accomplishments in one or more of the following areas: producing, writing, directing, and/or post-production for the screen.

For consideration as an associate professor on tenure track or tenured upon appointment, candidates must have an MFA or Ph.D. in film studies, media studies, communication, or a related discipline, and 5 years of significant industry experience and accomplishments in one or more of the following areas: producing, writing, directing, and/or post-production for the screen and 5 to 8 years of university level teaching experience or an equivalent combination of significant industry experience and university level teaching experience.  Candidates must show clear and convincing evidence of emerging stature as regional or national authorities in their field.

To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as an associate professor, have been tenured at a prior institution and bring a demonstrably national reputation to the institution.  Candidates must be approved for tenure upon appointment before hire.

To Apply
This program is a collaboration between the Franklin College and the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and is a first of its kind at the University of Georgia.  Franklin College also invites applications for an open rank position for this program.  Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to both positions.

The Franklin and Grady Colleges, their departments, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applications for the Grady College position must be submitted online at    http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/131975.  The Franklin College link is http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/133698.

The MFA Film program will begin in fall 2020.  Review of applications will begin February 15, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Nate Kohn, Professor, Department of Entertainment and Media Studies, 328 Journalism Building, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602-3154, (706) 542-4972 or nkohn@uga.edu

More about the department, college and university
The Department of Entertainment and Media Studies (EMST) together with the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, and the Department of Journalism constitutes the units of the Grady College. EMST is home to media scholars working in a variety of theoretical and methodological traditions. It administers the major in Entertainment & Media Studies, which teaches visual storytelling focused on entertainment. It also houses the New Media Institute, which is dedicated to exploring the critical, commercial and creative dimensions of emerging technologies. Find out more at https://grady.uga.edu/academics/emst/ and http://mynmi.net/about/.

Augmenting the department programs is the presence of the Peabody Awards, the oldest and most prestigious awards program that recognizes excellence in broadcast and electronic media. In addition, significant experiential learning opportunities exist through the Cannes Film Festival Study Abroad Program, and the Grady L.A. Field Study/Internship Program. The major and its programs position students for jobs in the entertainment media industry across, film, television, gaming and other new media.

Learn more about the Grady College at www.grady.uga.edu. Georgia is well known for its quality of life, and for outdoors, urban, cultural and arts activities (http://www.exploregeorgia.org/).

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff.  The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students, including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. Athens is a vibrant, diverse community that is consistently rated as one of the nation’s best college towns.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.