Full-Time Faculty Position in Film and Media Studies
About Fashion Institute of Technology:
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology, of the State University of New York, invites nominations and applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in the Film, Media and Performing Arts Department, School of Liberal Arts.
The College reserves the right to select one or more candidates after having been duly reviewed and presented to the President in conformance with the provisions of Article 15 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for nearly 70 years. With a curriculum that provides a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are relevant to today’s rapidly changing industries. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers more than 45 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace.
With close ties to industry, FIT draws faculty from the city’s art, business, and design elite, and from the rich academic community of the region. The College continually seeks creative faculty members who are passionate about their field and demonstrate exceptional professional capability in the core competencies of instruction design, learning enrichment, globalism, and use of technology, as well as mastery of established and emerging industry practices.
The School of Liberal Arts provides the foundation for an FIT degree, committed to providing a broad-based general education for FIT students, integrating traditional academic study with career preparation. Home to seven academic departments, 17 minors, and two interdisciplinary majors, our faculty prepare students to become reflective, critical, and engaged citizens of the world. Committed to scholarship, academic service and student-centered instruction, faculty members foster an understanding of diverse cultures and international perspectives as well as an appreciation for the richness and changing composition of American culture.
The Film and Media program within the Film, Media and Performing Arts Department is a four-year AAS/BS program housed in the School of Liberal Arts combines filmmaking practice with extensive study of the history and theory of film and media. The approach is interdisciplinary, with production courses in narrative, documentary, experimental, and web-based work. Targeting industries and organizations with deep roots in New York City, students from the program will seek employment in a wide range of fields, from independent film to television production, to advertising and content creation for various media platforms, to festivals and arts organizations. Some will attend graduate school.
The department’s primary goal is to continue to build a distinctive and strong program that is among the best of the Film and Media alternatives in New York City. A stable core of excellent full-time faculty is critical to the success of the project.
The ideal candidate will be an innovative teacher and film scholar with a broad background in film and media studies, prepared to teach courses in early and recent film history, genre, international cinema, and a range of electives on topics such as sexuality in cinema, to African-American film culture, or a history of women’s filmmaking. The candidate must demonstrate an ability to develop new curriculum, including additional media studies offerings, and to help set the direction of film and media studies at FIT going forward. The candidate must commit to working closely with colleagues in a program that combines filmmaking practice with academic film and media study, and to help coordinate the department’s interdisciplinary collaborations across the college. The person hired will be expected to be a team player, eager to take a leadership role in helping the department realize its strategic planning goals.
Duties will include:
- Teaching required courses in early and recent film history, an introductory theory course, and a range of elective offerings in genres, international cinema, directors, other media, and topics of special interest to the faculty and students.
- Co-organizing events revolving around student screenings, invited speakers, and the FIT Film+Media Screening Series.
- Working with the Study Abroad program and Career and Internship Center to develop opportunities for students.
- Representing the department at Open Houses and Accepted Students Day.
Successful candidates will excel in the following areas:
- Instill in students a global perspective on film and an understanding of the power of film to effect change, enabling students to use images and narratives for social as well as artistic benefit, and to communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries.
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the global nature of film and media production, exhibition, as well as variations of the role of theatrical cinema and other visual media in different regions of the world.
- Demonstrate an awareness if cultural differences in the classroom as a manifestation of globalism.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of cultural differences in media expression and in understanding works in film and media, as well as of the FIT classroom as a manifestation of globalism.
- Demonstrate an ability to take advantage of the resources of New York City as a global media and independent cinema hub.
- Appreciate the balanced relationship of theory and practice, an essential quality in a hybrid academic/production program such as FIT’s. Film and Media Studies faculty must embrace excellence in film production as a goal for students in the department.
- Encourage the integration of theory and practice, whether in media criticism that takes into account production history or in thoughtful filmmaking.
- Maintain currency and continually update curriculum to reflect innovations in the field.
- Create synergies among departments across the college.
- Solicit feedback from students, and from colleagues at FIT, and at other institutions as part of the ongoing assessment of the program’s success.
- Lead students to integrate skills of writing and organization into their production process, and to bring to bear a broad experience of film and media history in creating technically polished work that is intelligent and reflects critical thinking, analysis, and skepticism as well as passion, commitment, and a sense of beauty.
- Understand the importance of active engagement in the student-centered classroom.
- Encourage engagement with the full range of film and media practices.
- Emphasize innovation and critical thinking through an emphasis on planning, constructive criticism of work in progress, and sustained attention to a subject over time.
- Inspire through enthusiasm for the subject and provide a model of teaching as leadership in a collective pursuit of knowledge.
- Remain an active media scholar, current with developments in the field, and a member of national and international communities devoted to film and media study.
- Demonstrate engagement with film and media programs, academic institutions, and the scholarly community across the country and globally.
- Demonstrate an ability to lead collaborative work though team-building and an understanding of the collaborative nature of learning and professional achievement.
- Demonstrate innovation in modeling successful participation in the field for students and in mentoring them in ways that will lead to their first steps in a successful professional career.
- Demonstrate awareness of digital production technologies and industry developments that make film and media a rapidly evolving field.
- Demonstrate the ability to address the wide range of learning styles typical of students in our program.
- Demonstrate familiarity with technologies new and old for moving image production and exhibition, including cinematography, lighting, audio recording, and editing programs.
- Demonstrate active interest, research, and innovation with respect to use of ever-evolving technologies in the field, including those of digital distribution across Internet platforms.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the uses of social media as an effective tool for learning and community building.
Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Film and Media studies by the date of appointment (August 19, 2019) with a minimum of two years of college-level teaching experience . Evidence of scholarly engagement in the field.
This is a full-time, tenure-track position beginning in Fall 2019. Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received by October 1, 2018. Please note that a background check mandated by the State of New York is required for appointment to this position.
Please note that a background check is required for appointment to this position.
For consideration, please provide:
- Letter of interest clearly indicating your qualifications for the position;
- Professional resume/Curriculum Vitae;
- A minimum of three professional references, including names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact information; and
- Links or .pdfs providing examples of scholarly work.
Candidates whose applications are accepted, will be contacted by the search committee for preliminary telephone/Skype interviews, followed by campus interviews for those shortlisted.
Additional information about the Fashion Institute of Technology can be found at www.fitnyc.edu.
FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual’s ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenship status (except as required to comply with law), or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals. Applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged. Inquiries regarding FIT’s non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212 217.3360, email@example.com.