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Asst. Professor in Digital Film/Video Production


JOB POSTING TITLE: Assistant Professor in Digital Film/Video Production (Tenure-Track)


The Digital Media & Design Department (DMD) in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut - Storrs (UConn), is pleased to invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Digital Film/Video Production, with an emphasis on narrative film production, at the rank of Assistant Professor. The anticipated start date is August 23, 2024. 

The Digital Media & Design (DMD) Department is a uniquely interdisciplinary academic unit led by faculty from the fine arts, business, STEM, and humanities fields. Established in 2013, this innovative and evolving department currently has 26 full-time faculty members, 375 undergraduate and 20 graduate students, and offers MFA, MA, BFA and BA degrees with the following concentrations: Digital Film/Video Production (BFA), 3D Animation (BFA), Motion Design & Animation (BFA), Game Design (BFA), Web/Interactive Media Design (BFA), Digital Culture (BA), and Digital Media Business Strategies (BA). Our program has a strong emphasis on collaboration and experiential learning, best preparing our students for the challenges they may face when working in industry. The Department has established strong working partnerships with large and small companies, start-ups, public institutions, and charitable nonprofits, giving students hands-on, real-world opportunities that benefit the creative economy of the state.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through the production of high-quality, nationally and internationally recognized narrative films and/or other creative works, as measured through film festival screenings, broadcasts, performances, exhibitions, publications, honorific awards, and/or extramural funding. The successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, innovative course and instruction methods, and mentoring of students in research and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of underrepresented groups; demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the commitment to, and support of, diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests. Candidates will also be expected to participate in departmental and University service to support curricular and program development, as well as advise undergraduate and graduate students in the Department.  

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


The ideal candidate has significant professional experience in film production, with a focus on narrative/fiction filmmaking. The successful candidates will teach pre-production, production, and post-production courses including narrative short film production, screenwriting, cinematography, storytelling, and other forms of digital media. Additional experience and expertise in cinematography, sound design, distribution, and/or client-based video production are highly valued.

The position has a 3/2 teaching load comprising of five 3-credit courses per year - at all levels of Film/Video Production, from first year to senior capstone to graduate courses - as well as additional independent studies, supervised internships, and student advising. 

Acknowledging a lack of diversity in the film industry, DMD embraces an inclusive environment and is particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups.


  • Terminal degree (MFA or Ph.D., etc.) in film, video, digital media, communications, or other related fields. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
  • At least 3 years of professional short and/or feature film/video production experience with an emphasis in fiction/narrative filmmaking.
  • Outstanding record of, or potential for, research and scholarship excellence (broadcast, theatrical, exhibition, and/or film festival).
  • Demonstrated teaching experience in narrative film production and screenwriting courses (may include TA, guest lecture, master classes, etc.).
  • A deep commitment to promoting diversity through their academic and research programs. 
  • Strong familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud production software including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, etc.


  • At least 3 years of university teaching experience, with demonstrated ability to teach at various levels of curriculum from foundation to advanced. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in many aspects of production, such as expertise in cinematography, sound design, etc.
  • Familiarity with industry standard production equipment, including but not limited to Canon and Sony cinema cameras, lighting equipment, camera support systems, sound recording equipment, etc.
  • Demonstrated leadership in curriculum/course development in film production.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2024. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/26889 and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter specifically addressing your credentials relative to the minimum and preferred qualifications listed above
  • A complete curriculum vitae
  • A digital portfolio that includes 1-2 long form or 3-5 short form film samples of work that the applicant has directed or in which they have played a primary creative role, along with 3-5 student work samples
  • A one to two-page research/scholarship statement
  • A one to two-page teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.)
  • A one page commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction, and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.)
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

Evaluation of applicants will begin on January 28, 2024, and will continue until filled. If you have questions related to the search, please send a detailed inquiry to Meredith Friedman at meredith.friedman@uconn.edu. For more information regarding the Department of Digital Media & Design please visit the Department's website at https://dmd.uconn.edu/

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce. The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner. This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all. We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.