Assistant Professor of Practice or Lecturer, Creative Media and Film (multiple openings)

  • Northern Arizona University
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time Communications/Journalism/Film/TV

Job Description

Assistant Professor of Practice or Lecturer, Creative Media and Film (multiple openings)

Location: School of Communication
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606452
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We-faculty, staff, and administrators-thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU's culture of excellence.

Special Information

Northern Arizona University's School of Communication is conducting a search for strong teacher-filmmaker to be hired as an Assistant Professor of Practice or Lecturer in our Creative Media & Film program, and is seeking to hire two faculty positions

This is a teaching-focused, non-tenure eligible position with opportunity for advancement on a 4/4 teaching load. The position is expected to be ongoing; renewal is contingent on effective performance, continued funding, and program needs. The positions will start in August 2022.

Creative Media & Film consists of over 200 majors in three emphasis areas: Documentary, Independent Filmmaking, and Media Studies. The School of Communication is a unit located in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. The School of Communication includes major areas in Strategic Communication, Communication Studies, Visual Communication, Photography, Journalism, and Creative Media & Film. CMF contains eight full time faculty. The School of Communication also has a Master of Science degree in Communication, including an emphasis in Documentary Studies.

Job Description

These positions are primarily responsible for teaching production courses in the major (from a cinematic position)-from introductory to advanced, as well as occasional nonproduction courses, as needed. At NAU, teaching and mentoring students is a core value: We place student success at the center of our academic and service planning, policies, and programs. Therefore, a desire and passion for teaching (and mentoring) is a key component of this position.

What makes NAU unique, as compared to other comparable institutions, involves students shooting projects their first year and our focus on storytelling within an independent filmmaking context. We also hold an annual curated film festival of NAU student work annually at a downtown public venue. In addition, UTV Studios is an official university club where students gain direct experience in working on film projects, advised closely by a faculty member.

Courses that need coverage may include, among others, Introduction to Filmmaking, Cinematic Storytelling, Introduction to Screenwriting, Filmmaking Techniques, Postproduction, Sound Design, Producing Film, Cinematography, Producing Client Work, Fiction Directing, Documentary Production, Documentary, and Capstone. The position is expected to blend a strong model of narrative, experimental, and documentary storytelling within the context of film history, international cinema, and media studies. There may be opportunities to sit on Master's students project committees in documentary.

Additional duties include service to the CMF area, the School, and the University. Although there is an expectation of continued film practice at a professional level, this is primarily a teaching position, so strong teaching-and a willingness to learn stronger teaching methods through mentorship and teaching workshops is a must for this position. Success in the position is dependent upon a demonstrated and continuing connectedness to contemporary filmmaking practices and a keen understanding of such practices within the contact of international cinema and media studies.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications (lecturer)
  1. A MA degree in filmmaking, media production, or related field
  2. Previous experience teaching filmmaking and/or media production at the college level
Minimum Qualifications (assistant professor of practice)
  1. A BA degree in filmmaking, media production, or related field
  2. Some form of teaching experience (professional workshops, college classes, or other evidence of teaching)
  3. At least three years of professional experience in filmmaking or media production
Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications (lecturer)
  1. An MFA in filmmaking, or related field
  2. Record of professional accomplishment and experience in filmmaking
  3. Demonstrated effectiveness and passion for teaching and other student-related responsibilities (could include documented evidence of syllabi with student learning outcomes, student reviews, certificates or letters of participation in teaching workshops)
  4. Evidence of success working in a diverse community, faculty, staff, and student environment
Preferred Qualifications (assistant professor of practice)
  1. An MFA in filmmaking, or related field
  2. Record of professional accomplishment and experience in filmmaking
  3. Demonstrated effectiveness and/or strong desire and willing to teach students (could include documented evidence of syllabi with student learning outcomes, student reviews, certificates or letters of participation in teaching workshops)
  4. Evidence of mentorship and guidance of beginning filmmakers within the development of filmmaking practice and careers
  5. Evidence of success working in a diverse community, faculty, staff, and student environment
General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

As of 12/10/21, the Safer Federal Workforce employee vaccination requirement is currently suspended pending the outcome of a federal court-issued injunction. This injunction has suspended the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. For current status of the vaccine requirement and/or questions, please visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination Requirement.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on July 15, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 606452, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) A letter of interest indicting the positiob for which you are applying; (2) a current curriculum vitae, including links to film work; (3) a recent teaching evaluation (if available) or other evidence of experience in instruction/training; (4) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) any syllabi you have designed; (5) unofficial copies of all academic transcripts; and (6) names and contact information for four professional references, including physical and e-mail addresses, and phone numbers. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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