Film Studies (Assistant Professor of Teaching, tenure-track)

November 30, 2020

The Department of Theatre and Film at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus, seeks to make a full-time appointment in the field of Film Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor of Teaching, tenure-track, with responsibility for teaching undergraduate courses, developing curriculum, and other relevant educational leadership and service in the B.A. in Film Studies program.  Situated on the beautiful Point Grey campus on the traditional ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people in the culturally diverse city of Vancouver, the Department of Theatre and Film offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs in Theatre and Film Studies and Practice, which include BA, MA and PhD degrees in Film, and Cinema and Media Studies.

We seek an exceptional teacher with a track record of employing innovative pedagogies, such as community-based learning, flexible and/or online learning, and curriculum/program design. Mentoring of graduate teaching assistants is a significant aspect of the position. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, service, and educational leadership. An ability to teach Media Studies courses would be a secondary asset. The successful candidate will be the BA Film Studies Advisor and generate ideas to oversee its curriculum development.

Applicants for the position should have a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies or Film Studies (or provide solid indication of completion before July 2021); possess exceptional organizational and leadership skills; provide evidence of or potential for teaching excellence and experience in Film Studies at the undergraduate level; have had experience preparing teaching materials independently or collaboratively; and  have a a strong track record of team work and engagement. Experience in program coordination is an asset.

The normal teaching load of an Assistant Professor of Teaching is six 3-credit courses over the academic year. Courses will range from first- to fourth-year undergraduate courses. Course sizes range from 120 students in FIST 100 (Introduction to Film Studies), to 40 students in FIST 200 (Introduction to Canadian Cinema) to 25 in FIST 331 (Introduction to Film Theory). Duties would also include individual supervision of BA Honours essay students, and mentoring graduate students editing the program’s film journal Cinephile.

The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with other tenure-stream Film Studies faculty in related areas of teaching and research, and with any future hires in the area.

As this is a tenure-track position in the Educational Leadership stream, the successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement. For a description of the Assistant Professor of Teaching rank and criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit:

The application dossier should include: application letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. sample syllabi, evaluations, etc.) , and a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion.

 In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation, at least two of whom should have seen the applicant teach a class.

The deadline for receipt of complete applications is January 8, 2021.  The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2021.

 All application materials should be submitted electronically through the Department’s careers website: .

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 Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.