Faculty Position in Documentary Filmmaking

Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois)

Posted 2 years ago

Department: Medill Journalism

The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University seeks to hire a full-time faculty member with expertise in documentary filmmaking.

Successful candidates will be outstanding and experienced professionals ready to contribute to our documentary program on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses. We’re looking for a candidate to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists.

This position provides the opportunity to work with an exceptional group of students and faculty. Your best students will compete for journalism’s highest awards. National or international travel with students is a possibility.

This position requires teaching both graduate and undergraduate students. Experience in a university classroom is strongly preferred, as is a deep understanding and connection to the documentary community – both in the Chicago area and nationally.

The ideal candidate should have extensive experience in directing and producing short- and long-form documentaries that have shown at major film festivals, have been distributed by major news outlets and have won industry awards. Applicants should have a strong portfolio of work to demonstrate their mastery.

Candidates must have technical skills in shooting, writing, editing and producing journalism of high impact, as well as critical thinking skills and thought leadership experience. Proficiency with the tools of video journalism and motion graphics such as Adobe Premiere and Adobe CC applications are required, as is the ability to teach students how to use them to create effective journalism. Professional experience in audio storytelling is a plus.

An advanced degree is preferred.

Medill is a top-ranked school with a longstanding reputation for excellence in journalism education. It is a highly regarded academic unit at Northwestern University, a research 1 institution located in the Chicago media market with an additional campus in Qatar and academic programs in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Northwestern University is a federal contractor that actively participates in affirmative action planning in the areas of recruitment and retention. For each employment and promotional opportunity, Northwestern University actively seeks women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities to maintain a University community that is based on equal opportunity and reflects the diversity of global society. Hiring is contingent on eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Instructions
This is a non-tenure position. Faculty rank is open. Depending on experience, the position may have the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor on the clinical/professional track.

Anticipated start is September 2020 with a multi-year contract.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received no later than January 7, 2020 @ 11:59 pm but it is expected the position will remain open until filled. Required documents include: 1) CV/resume, 2) links to two documentary examples (not to exceed 90 minutes each) with 3) work statements of the production role you played in each, 4) a published writing sample (professional or academic) and 5) two references to the search committee. Note: Letters of reference are not required at this time. Questions should be directed to Jenna Braunstein at jenna-braunstein@northwestern.edu. The link to the application item uploads is posted below.

Please read ALL instructions and make preparations before proceeding to the application page:

  • Applications will only be accepted via online submission (see link below).
  • Please prepare all documents in advance as Adobe PDF files, and please be sure all information is entered correctly and accurately (especially names and email addresses), as there will be no opportunity for online revision after your application has been submitted.
  • Please also prepare a list of names and email addresses for your external academic references; your references will be contacted directly by the online system and invited to upload their letters on your behalf.
  • All required fields in the application form are marked with an asterisk and must be filled before clicking the “Submit” button.
  • Be aware that incomplete applications cannot be saved.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Apply here.