The Department of Cinema and Digital Media at the University of California, Davis seeks to hire a scholar of World Cinema to join our Film Studies team. We are especially interested in candidates with research and teaching expertise in Latinx/ Chicanx Cinema, Film Criticism and Videographic Film Criticism. We are further looking for a colleague with a demonstrated engagement with one or more of the following areas: film theory, postcolonial studies, gender studies and filmmaking practice including work in alternative modes of film/media studies and criticism, including video essay making, videographic criticism, and audiovisual media designed for social media venues.
Cinema and Digital Media was formed as a department in 2015-16 as an interdisciplinary program that strives to catalyze students in the process and practice of combining media theory, media history and media-making, in order to develop a robust understanding of creative and computational media technologies. CDM fosters an environment of collaborative research and critically engaged practice that responds to the challenges and opportunities of ever-changing technical, political, and cultural realities. We encourage deep engagement with media in order to promote social justice, diversity, and inclusivity. We train students to develop their own unique aesthetic perspectives, and to investigate and intervene in the world by understanding how technologies and cinematic arts operate, make meaning, and effect change. CDM, as we practice it, is a profoundly interdisciplinary field, drawing from the traditions of communications, art, computer science, history, critical theory, and cultural studies.
This is an exciting time to join our department, which combines Film Studies, Media Production, Game Design and Computer Science. We are growing fast and our diverse faculty with a dynamic production and publishing portfolio are looking forward to strengthening our ranks with a new Studies colleague.
Minimum qualifications include a terminal degree (PhD or MFA) at time of appointment and postsecondary teaching experience. Anticipated start: July 1, 2023
Interested persons should apply using the instructions given at: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05210. Applications should include a cover letter, an updated curriculum vitae, a scholarly writing sample, a teaching statement, a diversity statement, and contact information for four references as well as a link to an online portfolio of artistic production (where appropriate) and an artist statement (characterizing current practice as well as future vision). Review of completed applications will begin November 15, 2022. The position remains open until filled.
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