The University of Pittsburgh seeks an appointment-stream Teaching Assistant Prof. in Film and Media Studies

Teaching Assistant Professor in Film and Media Studies (Film Program, English Department)
English  Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh  (22007979)
 The Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh seeks an appointment-stream Teaching Assistant Professor in Film and Media Studies with an open critical studies specialization. We are a well-established Film and Media Studies Program (FMS) that integrates production and critical studies with classes also available in broadcasting.  This is a full-time, renewable position for an initial term of three years with the opportunity for promotion and career advancement. The position will begin on September 1, 2023.


We are looking for a versatile instructor with a terminal degree (Ph.D.) in Film and Media Studies or a related field by the time of appointment (September 1, 2023). Competitive candidates should have wide competencies in critical studies, as they will teach core introductory courses such as Seminar in Composition: Film (a first-year writing course), Introduction to Film, Film Analysis, Gender and Film, and World Film History.  We especially welcome a candidate who can teach courses in new media (Cinema and Video Games, Introduction to New Media, Visual Literacy, Technologies of the Body) or media industry studies. The successful candidate will develop additional courses for innovative new interdisciplinary majors such as Digital Narrative and Interactive Design (DNID) that center on issues of inclusive design, accessibility and design, and diversity in technology.  We welcome pedagogical approaches that connect issues of racial justice, climate, and environment, disability and accessibility, or gender and sexuality to contemporary digital modes.


This position comes with a 3/3 teaching load, with the expectation of service to the FMS program and English department. Service may include assessment, course development support, directing independent study projects, overseeing digital publications, and organizing events such as our annual undergraduate symposium.

To apply, please supply the following materials by November 15, 2022:

  • Cover letter
  • C.V.
  • Teaching statement
  • Statement on diversity (1-2 pp.) that demonstrates your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion through teaching and service.


As candidates progress through the search process, the committee may request:

  • A teaching portfolio that includes sample syllabi for two courses and at least two writing assignments or sequences (other teaching materials from these classes, such as in-class workshops practices, are welcome)
  • Student surveys for three classes
  • 3 confidential letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate’s teaching.


Please contact Sarah Elizabeth Baumann, Office Manager and Assistant to the Chair of English, 526 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, with any questions:

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets. The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit to learn more about this requirement. 

Assignment Category Full-time regular
Campus Pittsburgh
Required Attachments Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Teaching Statement, Other (see posting for additional details)

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