Visiting Assistant Professor in Screenwriting
Cornell University Department of Performing and Media Arts
United States

Visiting Assistant Professor (Screenwriting and Film Prod)

Cornell University’s Department of Performing and Media Arts seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor with expertise in screenwriting and film production for a two year, full-time position beginning July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2023.

We are looking for a dynamic and innovative artist with a wide range of interests. The candidate will teach undergraduate students in our major in Performing and Media Arts, which combines theory and practice in film, transmedia, theatre, and dance in unusual and experimental ways. Courses –which uphold and challenge core training in the discipline of cinema and media studies –would include screenwriting and film and media production, and may include elective courses in the candidate’s range of interests (cinematography, editing, VFX, sound design). The teaching load is two courses per semester. The successful candidate will also engage in the intellectual life of the department beyond its teaching mission. We are interested in recruiting candidates who demonstrate commitment to the highest standards of artistry, teaching, and professional activity consistent with a Research I university.

The Department of Performing and Media Arts offers B.A. and Ph.D. degrees that allow students to study and explore within and across the disciplines film, theatre, and dance. Our department is committed to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. More information is available at

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (please see for more information), and three letters of recommendation to Strong candidates will have familiarity with issues of equity and inclusion in the film and media industry and a commitment to cultivating underrepresented voices in the classroom. Please note that the candidate must have either an MFA or Ph.D. officially awarded no later than July 1, 2021 or commensurate professional experience.

Rolling deadline but review of applications will begin on December 1st, 2020.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

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Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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