Faculty Position in Cinematography and Directing
Northwestern University in Qatar

Faculty Position in Cinematography & Directing

Northwestern University in Qatar


Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) invites applications for a two-year faculty position in cinematography and multi-camera directing to begin August 1, 2019.  Northwestern University’s first international campus is a media school grounded in the liberal arts and housed in one of the most advanced and well-equipped communication facilities in the world.


Candidates must hold an MFA or equivalent terminal degree and have at least five years teaching experience in higher education and significant professional experience and mastery of today’s digital production. NU-Q’s undergraduate production classes use state of the art equipment, software, and studios to support and facilitate student learning in documentary production, narrative filmmaking, and news production. Candidates must have experience using and teaching digital cameras and commonly used editing software. Documented experience teaching all the key competencies of cinematography is expected, i.e. camera systems, workflows, lighting, set procedures, and media management. Familiarity with robotic cameras is a plus. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high-quality teaching and have a strong creative portfolio, and will be able to teach production theory and practice at introductory and advanced levels. Familiarity with virtual sets and use of live switching, instant replay, chyron and teleprompter systems are valued assets.


NU-Q has extensive technical and production facilities including a robotic newsroom, digital innovation lab for AR and VR, edit suites and audio-visual production studios.  The school is a member of the World Internet Project and conducts longitudinal research on media use, digital media, and freedom of expression.  Located in Doha’s Education City with five other top U.S. universities where academic freedom is assured, NU-Q has partnerships with leading media firms and organizations including Al Jazeera, Doha Film Institute, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar Media Corporation, and the World Cup committee, among other signature academic programs. Faculty work in an integrative environment that includes academic programs in Journalism and Strategic Communication, Media Industries and Technology, as well as Liberal Arts. Executive and graduate education are currently being implemented.   A strong Production and Digital Media Services department supports the operational needs of faculty and students.


The person selected will join a highly qualified faculty drawn from NU’s home campus and some of the world’s leading universities and media venues.  NU-Q is a highly diverse school with a significant proportion of female students.  Combined with faculty and staff, our learning community spans more than 50 countries.  Our graduates are employed in top media and strategic communication venues and have a high rate of matriculation to top graduate schools in the U.S, Europe, and Asia. Students benefit from generous travel and research grants.


Compensation includes a highly competitive salary, overseas benefits and allowances, and free housing as well as generous research and faculty development support. Internal research grants are also available. Academic rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Based in Doha, Qatar, a rapidly growing, modern city, the faculty also take advantage of the location for professional and personal travel.  Faculty participate in major international academic meetings and industry conferences.



Applications received by February 20, 2019, will receive the highest priority. The search will continue and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


To apply, upload a letter of application, a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, portfolio materials or Link to Online Portfolio  and three names and email addresses for your external academic references to https://facultyrecruiting.northwestern.edu/apply/Mzk1


Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individual with disabilities. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in Qatar.

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