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Assistant Professor of Film Studies (production)

17.06.2021 10:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

American University of Paris

The American University of Paris invites applications for a full-time position in the Department of Communication, Media and Culture at the rank of Assistant Professor ideally beginning 1 January 2022.

The successful applicant, with experience in teaching filmmaking, will be responsible for teaching production courses in the Film Studies undergraduate program. Our ideal candidate will also have experience in teaching contemporary international cinema, with an emphasis on regions from the Global South.

Qualifications: An M.F.A or Ph.D. in Film Studies or a related discipline at the time of appointment (1 January 2022). Proven capacity for excellent, engaged teaching and commitment to student learning within a liberal arts context.

The successful candidate should be able to cover many of our existing courses, including the following: the introductory course Principles of Video Production and the advanced courses Directing and Producing the Short Fiction Film; Making a Documentary; The Art of Screenwriting; and Writing Fiction for Television. The new person should also be able to teach courses in film studies that would expand our current offerings internationally or regionally such as, for example, Asian Cinema, and/or Arab and African Cinema. They might alternate with current staff to cover contemporary international directors as part of our rotating Directors series. We would be particularly interested in candidates who could teach a new course on Documentaries in Action.

A strong record in curriculum development and familiarity with liberal arts education, learning objectives, skills development (critical thinking, information literacy, writing in the disciplines, etc.) and assessment is highly desirable. Capacity to work in a multi-cultural environment is a strong plus. Ability to speak and/or read French would be an advantage.

We invite and encourage women and members of underrepresented populations to apply. The University is an equal opportunity employer for whom diversity is an essential source of vitality and strength.

The Institution: Founded in 1962, The American University of Paris (AUP) is a small, undergraduate and Masters degree-granting institution with a Liberal Arts core, dedicated to the advancement of the Arts and Sciences in an international and multicultural environment. AUP brings together the values of the American higher education system with its location in Paris and Europe. Located at the crossroads of American and European institutions of higher education and research, AUP facilitates its faculty’s development of an international and stimulating professional network. The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredits AUP in the United States of America. AUP has cooperative agreements USA and European-based universities.

The Department: Dedicated to the international and comparative study of communications, media and culture, the department houses three undergraduate majors, one in Global Communications, one in Journalism and one in Film Studies. It also houses six undergraduate minors and a dynamic MA program in Global Communications offering MA tracks in Fashion, Development Communications and Digital Cultures and Industries.


  • The teaching load is six courses per academic year.
    • Professional mentorship is an important component of our work with students.
    • Commitment to scholarship, excellence in teaching, integrative learning
  • Service to the department (contributing to curricular development and innovation, collegial behavior, advising students)
  • Willingness to provide service to the university (participation in committee work, assessment, interdisciplinary collaboration)
  • Participating in faculty governance, including attending full faculty, department, and committee meetings
  • Working in a professional and collegial manner with the university community
  • Maintaining compliance with policies and procedures in the Faculty Manual

Faculty at AUP must have a commitment to liberal arts education in a highly international environment and pursue international research and scholarship and/or creative activities. We seek engaged scholars and have high expectations of teaching and scholarly research.

Applications: Please submit your application to


  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of pedagogical philosophy with evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • a portfolio of recent work
  • three confidential letters of reference

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on 5 July 2021. The search will continue until the position is filled.



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