Lecturer in Documentary and Nonfiction Film Production
University of California Berkeley, College of Letters & Science
United States


The Department of Film & Media at UC Berkeley invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach an undergraduate-level studio course in creative Documentary and Non-fiction Film Production that focuses on practices and techniques of non-fiction digital filmmaking. Coursework consists of a series of short image and sound exercises and then a final film project of the student’s design. The class examines important techniques of non-fiction film, such as research and writing for non-fiction, the observational camera, filming in public, the interview, voiceover, working with archival film and other documents, as well as editing techniques—working to find form and structure for non-fiction materials. At the same time, the course explores the different modes of the documentary and the thorny theoretical and ethical issues that arise in non-fiction production.

The course opening is available for Spring Semester 2019, but the pool will remain open until September 1, 2019 in order to accommodate other possible upcoming course needs in this area. Applications for Spring 2019 will be reviewed in late October, 2018. The position is designed as part time, for one course only, which for Lecturers amounts to 17% of full-time employment. The semester begins in mid-January and ends in May 2019. When a need arises for a Fall semester, we typically review applications in March; for a Summer term, our review of applications is typically in November.

General Duties: In addition to teaching responsibilities and demonstration of production technologies, general duties include holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and interacting with students outside of class time via email and campus web-based course resources.

Minimal Qualification (required at the time of application):
• Completed MA/MFA (or equivalent international degree) in Film and/or Media (or a Humanities field)

Additional Qualifications (required by the employment start date):
• For those who are not US citizens or permanent residents, a legal permit that allows work in the United States (such as a US visa that allows employment) is required by the start date of the position. The department is unable to provide a visa/work permit.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience in teaching non-fiction digital filmmaking at the college level in the U.S.

Salary: Commensurate with college teaching experience, in accordance with the current Unit-18 lecturer salary scale and its provisions. (The starting 100% full-time annual gross salary rate is currently $54,738)

To apply, please visit: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01955

Required application materials:
• Cover Letter - including a description of your specializations and of how you meet the above qualifications
• Curriculum Vitae – your most recent updated C.V.
• Contact information for three professional/academic references

While only contact information for references is required at the time of application, the Department may later request letters from finalists’ references. If requested, all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

The Department may later request teaching statements, evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as past course syllabi, teaching evaluations, etc., but they are not required at time of application.

UC Berkeley has a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family, if applicable. We encourage applications from individuals who will contribute to diversity in higher education. The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy
see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Please direct questions to rfahmngr@berkeley.edu


Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Including a description of your specializations and of how you meet the above qualifications

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