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Chair, Department of Film & Media Arts
University of Utah

Date Posted Nov. 6, 2018
Title Chair, Department of Film & Media Arts
University University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Department College of Fine Arts
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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The College of Fine Arts at The University of Utah, the flagship institution of higher learning in the State of Utah, invites nominations and applications from highly qualified individuals for the position of Chair of the Department of Film & Media Arts. The Department of Film & Media Arts is the largest academic unit in the College of Fine Arts, which also includes the School of Dance, School of Music, Department of Art & Art History, and Department of Theatre. Students studying in this fast-growing department include over 800 undergraduates and 19 graduates. The Department offers a wide range of courses in film and media history, critical studies, screenwriting, direction, animation, production, and post-production. Undergraduate students can earn a BA with optional emphases in Animation, Production, and Media Arts Production. Graduate students can earn an MFA and an optional Certificate in Screendance.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree in Film & Media Arts or a related field, or commensurate experience that would warrant consideration in lieu of a terminal degree, and possess qualifications that would warrant the consideration of an appointment with tenure at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. They will have demonstrated strong academic leadership, successful teaching, and a significant track record in creative work and/or scholarly research. They will also exhibit effective interpersonal and communication skills. They will have a commitment to both film and media arts production as well as critical studies, and the skills to articulate a clear vision of how the two can complement and enhance each other in a Research 1 University.

Responsibilities: The Chair of the Department of Film & Media Arts will (1) guide the efforts of a well-respected faculty to establish effective self-governance and strategic vision within the context of a research university; (2) provide strong, collaborative, and transparent leadership to faculty, staff, and students; (3) act as their representative to advance the reputation of the Department by building meaningful relationships and partnerships with the film and media arts community, locally, nationally, and internationally; (4) promote student success through recruitment and retention efforts; (5) oversee curricular activities; (6) foster and promote diversity in recruitment, training, and program development; (7) engage actively in donor relations, fundraising, and community outreach; (8) administer department finances, resources, and facilities; (9) encourage and support professional development initiatives for faculty and staff, including retention and rank advancement; and (10) be an active and collaborative member of the Executive Committee of the College in furthering the goals and mission of the College of Fine Arts. The Chair of Film & Media Arts reports directly to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts.

APPLICATION: Please submit (1) a letter of application; (2) a 1-2 page statement that addresses the candidate’s leadership and administrative philosophy and how it pertains to the Film & Media Arts Department; (3) a CV that demonstrates that the candidate fulfills the qualifications for the position; and (4) the names and contact information for five references. The candidate will be notified before references are contacted. Applications must be submitted electronically at

Screening of applications will begin January 2, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, please contact Luc Vanier, Committee Chair of the Film & Media Arts Chair Search,

  • The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

    The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

    The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ("URS"). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Employees with prior URS service may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information. This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

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  • Luc Vanier
    University of Utah - College of Fine Arts
    University of Utah
    375 S. 1530 E., Room 250
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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