Teach film at UIUC? Yes! Sorta

Don’t get your hopes up too high, friends. Many, many cows will have to come home before the University of Illinois grants us our collecitve secret wish – that they open up the floodgates of year-round movie nirvana by launching a filmmaking school – but at least they’ve corrected one little organizational wrong and moved the Cinema Studies program under the protective wing of the College of Media. C-U Blogfidential friend Laura Zinger just alerted us that the department now known as Media & Cinema Studies is looking to fill an assistant professor position “with an emphasis on cinema studies.” Call me crazy, but wouldn’t cinema studies be what one would emphasize when teaching in Cinema Studies? I guess that’s different enough from “emphasizing Media Studies” to make the distinction…

Anyway, if you have a Ph.D. and the appropriate skillz, you can find the text of the official announcement after the jump and respond in kind to the College of Media if interested. Just make sure to save us a few aisle seats for your first lecture.

~ Jason Pankoke

Position Announcement

The Department of Media and Cinema Studies at the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks to fill one entry-level, tenure-track assistant professor position, with an emphasis in cinema studies, beginning August 16, 2010. Desired qualifications include a Ph.D. in cinema studies, media studies, communications, or a related field; and evidence of excellent scholarship and teaching experience. A research specialization in the study of film and one or more of the following is desirable:

• Convergence culture, participatory media, media activism
• Digital/new media
• Queer theory and sexualities
• Race, diaspora, transnational
• Area Studies, specifically Latin America, Africa and East Asia

Responsibilities include interdisciplinary scholarly research and teaching in both undergraduate and doctoral programs, including a vibrant graduate minor in cinema studies. Salary: competitive, based on experience and qualifications. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To ensure full consideration, Please complete your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your resume, a cover letter detailing research and teaching experience, and the names and email addresses or phone numbers of three references.

All requested information must be submitted by November 06, 2009.

Professor Angharad Valdivia
Head of Media and Cinema Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
810 S. Wright St.
228 Gregory Hall
Urbana, Illinois 61801

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.


Office of the Dean
119 Gregory Hall, MC-462
810 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

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