Assistant Professor-Fixed Term – East Lansing, MI

Assistant Professor-Fixed Term

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Working/Functional Title

Inst/Ast Prof Fixed Term

Position Summary

The Department of English is seeking a full-time Instructor or Assistant Professor to teach filmmaking courses in the Film Studies Program. This is a fixed-term position. Course load is three courses per semester and will include sections of the programs gateway production course, FLM260: Introduction to Digital Film and Emergent Media, and FLM334: Introduction to Screenwriting. The teaching assignment is also expected to include at least one advanced course in the candidate's area of specialization. An ideal candidate will complement the strengths of current production faculty and demonstrate compatibility with a liberal-arts curriculum that integrates filmmaking, the critical study of cinema, and creative writing across genres.

More information about the Film Studies Program can be found at:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

MA, MFA, or PhD.



Required Application Materials

a) a cover letter

b) a current curriculum vitae

c) a teaching portfolio including a teaching statement, sample syllabi, and student evaluations

d) a 1-page summary of your philosophy of diversity, equity, and inclusion as it pertains to intellectual leadership in the areas of teaching/curriculum development, research/creative activities, service, outreach, advising, and/or administration. The statement should also include an explanation of related past or planned activities/endeavors as well as how the candidate will advance our goals of inclusive excellence.  

e) the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees.

Together-we-will Statement

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Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website Posting Number 829980. For more information, contact Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Kaveh Askari, [email protected]

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Department Statement

A college program housed in the Department of English, the Film Studies Program offers an undergraduate major and minor and a graduate certificate emphasizing theory and history, as well as two undergraduate production minors in Fiction Filmmaking and Documentary Production. The program has overlapping strengths in investigating cinema in relation to issues of global cinemas, aesthetics and technology, and independent filmmaking. The Department of English is a dynamic inclusive community that encourages intellectual and cultural diversity, prepares students for a range of careers that require global cultural knowledge, and is an integral part of the College of Arts & Letters and Michigan State University's international engagement. The department is deeply committed to initiatives such as the MUSE Scholars Program, which mentors graduate students in English from underrepresented groups, and the Womxn of Color Initiative, which organizes events for Womxn of Color and their allies working toward social and racial justice and equity. Digital Humanities at MSU (DH@MSU) is an academic program and a research center bringing together faculty, librarians, staff, and students in a broadly interdisciplinary exploration of the intersections of digital and computational technologies and the traditional content and questions of the humanities. Through projects such as the Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research, DH@MSU focuses on the potential for digital technologies to advance social justice.

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.



MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.


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