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Harvard University Tenure-Track Professor in Contemporary Film and Filmmaking in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Tenure-Track Professor in Contemporary Film and Filmmaking

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Art, Film, and Visual Studies

Position Description

The Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies ( AFVS ) seeks to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor in contemporary filmmaking practice. Applicants should have a terminal degree in a related field (PhD preferred) and experience teaching and advising students in programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will teach filmmaking to undergraduates and PhD students throughout the university who incorporate filmmaking into their academic research. Filmmakers whose work explores the boundaries of non-fiction and fiction, experiments with the limits of documentary, traverses lines of cultural difference, or otherwise makes original contributions to contemporary filmmaking are encouraged to apply. AFVS strives toward inclusivity and celebrates the multiple dimensions of diversity that each member of our community offers, including diversity of background, perspective, and lived experience. Applications from filmmakers from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2025.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate or MFA in related discipline required by the time the appointment begins

Additional Qualifications

Candidates should have a record of accomplishment in the field, as demonstrated by screenings, exhibitions, and projects in venues relevant to the candidate’s practice.

Special Instructions

Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal ( Candidates are encouraged to apply by September 15, 2024; applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

  1. Cover letter

  2. Curriculum Vitae

  3. Teaching/advising statement (describing the candidate’s teaching philosophy and practices as well as their approach to creating a learning environment in which students are encouraged to ask questions and share their ideas)

  4. Research statement

  5. Service statement describing efforts to strengthen academic communities, e.g., the candidate’s department, institution, and/or professional societies.

  6. Names and contact information of 3-5 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received. At least one letter must come from someone who has not served as the candidate’s undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral advisor.

  7. Links to creative works

  8. PDFs of publications

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Contact Information

Robb Moss

Chair of Search Committee

Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies

Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Email (use “contemporary film and filmmaking search” in subject line)

Equal Opportunity Employer

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.

Minimum Number of References Required 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed 5


assistant, associate, faculty, instructor, tenure track, Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MA, Northeast, New England, cinema, contemporary film, documentary film, fiction film

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