Emerson College: Assistant Professor in Screenwriting

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Department of Visual and Media Arts – Assistant Professor in Screenwriting

The Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Screenwriting. The appointment begins August 23, 2018. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the scope and excellence of an academically diverse community through ongoing engagement with students both inside and outside of the classroom in addition to pursuing creative work, teaching, and service.

Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the College’s intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.

The Department of Visual and Media Arts is a vibrant and engaged community of artists, creators and scholars, with over 100 full and part-time faculty members and over 1500 majors.  The department offers BA degrees in Media Studies and Media Production, a BFA in Media Production, an MFA in Film and Media Art, a low residency MFA in Writing Film and Television, and general education courses in art history.

Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.


The ideal candidate will have an MFA degree in screenwriting, professional experience as a screenwriter, and experience teaching screenwriting at the college level in a diverse college environment.  Candidates must have demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Experience in creating narratives about underrepresented communities is desirable.  A strong commitment to undergraduate education beyond the classroom is essential.

The focus of this appointment is writing feature-length and short screenplays for film, television, cable and streaming platforms.  Knowledge of and experience in teaching television writing is a plus. Successful candidates will teach across the undergraduate and the graduate curriculum, including the new low residency MFA in Writing Film & Television, which has both face-to-face and on line components.

To Apply:

Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for three references to the online faculty employment web page at https://emerson.peopleadmin.com/postings/15762. Preference will be given to applications received by December 1, but the position remains open until filled.

Posted on October 30, 2017

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