Faculty Position in Documentary Media Production
Northwestern University in Qatar

Faculty Position in Documentary Media Production

Northwestern University in Qatar


Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) invites applications for a two-year faculty position in Documentary Media Production 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.


The ideal candidate will be a documentary filmmaker who has produced feature or short documentaries (or both) that have screened at noteworthy film festivals, and/or been broadcast cablecast, or otherwise distributed. Candidates must hold an MFA or equivalent terminal degree, have at least five years teaching experience in higher education, and significant professional experience. The candidate should have demonstrated ability to engage productively with students at all skill levels. We are searching for candidates with competence in the skills, principles, and ethics that underpin the profession with an understanding of the history and evolution of documentary film. Applicants must have strong skills in storytelling, be conversant with the creative processes and practices of digital filmmaking, and committed to promoting diverse and democratized voices in documentary works. The position will teach hands-on, applied courses at introductory and advanced levels in production. At NU-Q, this specialization is intended to provide aspiring documentary filmmakers with a solid foundation in competencies that integrate knowledge of documentary history, styles and traditions, an affinity for research and development, and good storytelling with concern about impacting audiences.  Ability to work and teach across digital platforms is important.  The ideal candidate would be able to teach courses in at least one of the following areas: research and writing the documentary, post-production, or cross-media (360-degree) production.


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 experienced.  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/Mzk2


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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