Dream of teaching? Look at this Assistant Professor of Visual Communications job
COVID-19 has made finding work impossible for some. Especially those in art-based careers. As we try to get back on with our lives, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University is searching for an Assistant Professor of Visual Communications. If you have a masters degree and a focus on cinematography, we found you a gig!
Interested in teaching the next Larry Kramer, or Erin Ryder? You could help a future award-winning journalist go the distance with their camera work and directing skills. Here’s what you need to know about this position.
Taking directing and cinematography to the next level
There’s a reason you’d be an Assistant Professor of Visual Communications. Your job would be to teach classes focused around cinematography and directing. Specifically, you would be focusing on teaching students the following:
– Directing and producing
– Production design
– Post-production supervision and workflow, including editing, color-correction, finishing, and media management
At the end of the day however, you would be focusing on teaching video storytelling and production broadly. A successful candidate will need to demonstrate potential for conducting academic scholarship or producing industry-related creative activity that will position the hire as a recognized expert in the field.
You would also be expected to be a part of the SU and Newhouse School community. Participation in service and committee work for the department, the Newhouse School, and Syracuse University is expected.
Be on top of the world
If you’re interested in the position of Assistant Professor, you need to make sure your resume is to the nines. At minimum, you need at least a masters degree to qualify for the position.
However, candidates must also have significant professional experience in the practice of visual storytelling as it relates to cinematography and video production, specifically the camera and lighting departments. Candidates must be recognized nationally and internationally for their work in at least one of the following areas: short-form or long-form feature and episodic (scripted or unscripted), documentary, commercial and advertising, and/or music videos.
If you fit the above criteria, make sure your energy is up to it. The successful candidate will share our department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in visual communications education. The person hired will be proficient in communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize his/her effectiveness with diverse groups of students, colleagues, and community members.
Candidates should also demonstrate their ability to instruct others by drawing upon their experience with current industry technologies and equipment utilized by professionals for top-tier productions. Being versed in current technological trends, a problem solver, and a good team player are essential, as one of the key values and strengths of the school lies in collaboration and interdisciplinary praxis for students and faculty alike.
What to expect at SU
Say you are chosen to be the new Assistant Professor of Newhouse School’s Visual Communications department. What are they expecting of you? The successful candidate must demonstrate the potential to engage ambitious undergraduate, graduate and military program students in one of the preeminent visual communications programs in the country.
Courses the hire might teach range from: the Newhouse first-year foundational Multimedia Storytelling course, which is required of all undergraduate students across all departments; basic, intermediate and advanced courses; the department’s undergraduate senior-level capstone and graduate thesis project courses; basic and advanced courses for our military students; as well as other topics that reflect evolving production practices in the industry.
In addition to an academic year teaching load and pursuing a research/creative agenda that brings national visibility to the School, this faculty member will also engage in a variety of service duties, including academic and career advising of undergraduate and graduate students, school and university committee service, curriculum development and assessment, and community/industry outreach.
Department-specific service includes participating in and leading department workshops, such as our annual Fall Workshop; and assisting efforts to create international experiences for our students.
This hire will help the VIS Department set the direction of the cinematography program for both our civilian and military populations. The candidate should demonstrate an ability to connect technology to the enhancement of story experiences for users and viewers of media. This hire should also be willing to explore, innovate and potentially teach with experimental and emerging platforms, including virtual and augmented reality.
How to get involved
If we’ve sold you on applying for the position, you need to go to Syracuse University’s employment site and apply through the online website. In addition to completing an online application, please attach a curriculum vitae and cover letter that identifies how your experience, professional and teaching, will translate into and support our active academic setting.
Please describe how your past experience has equipped you with the ability to contribute to the School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education, the student experience and how you can have the greatest impact on our community.
Applications should include the following:
- Cover letter that identifies the ways in which professional experience will translate into the classroom.
- Portfolio website URL
- List of four references with knowledge of your work, including name, title, address and email/phone contact information for each reference.
Applications will be reviewed as they arrive with full consideration given to those received by February 28, 2021. The search will continue until this position is filled.