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Department: Center for Arts Admin.Dept.
The Digital Cinema program in Southern Oregon University's School of Arts & Communication seeks a new film production generalist for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor to support our goal of achieving Top 50 Film School status at the national level. Housed in the Department of Communication, Media & Cinema, the Digital Cinema program offers popular BS, BA, and BFA degrees in film production, with a new dual-degree program in producing and film business in the works between Digital Cinema and the School of Business.
The ideal candidate will teach undergraduate courses in short film production, film business and producing, production management, assistant directing, and crowdfunding while also overseeing BFA Capstone thesis projects and our program's centerpiece, the Crew Experience, an innovative 12-credit immersion in which students leave the classroom to learn on location and collaborate under the supervision of faculty and industry mentors in the production of a significant film project. A candidate qualified to develop and teach a new Women in Film Production course is highly desirable. Experience producing live events, stage performances, or multi-media projects is also welcome as we seek to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations with other programs in the School of Arts & Communication, including Theatre, Music, and Emerging Media & Digital Arts.
The School of Arts & Communication is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty, and staff. We strive to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication, and understanding. We seek a creative colleague with a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion in both their teaching and production practice. As a program, the Digital Cinema faculty have pledged a commitment in our curricular development and pedagogy to EDIT Media's best practices for inclusive teaching in media production, and we encourage applications from candidates who will demonstrate their own commitment to these practices in their cover letter. Experience recruiting, advising, and mentoring historically excluded student populations (including but not limited to BIPOC students, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, first-generation college students, and low-income students) is especially valued. SOU is also a member of the Green Film School Alliance with a strong commitment to sustainable production practices.
Tenure-track faculty must have an active creative and/or scholarly agenda, which may include screenwriting, production activity, or published academic research. Tenure-track faculty also have service responsibilities within the department, school, and institution, including committee service, student advising, and new student recruitment. Historically, Digital Cinema faculty have also been key collaborators with external partners such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Oregon Media Production Association, the Oregon Governor's Office of Film & Television, and regional film festivals. This appointment requires a terminal degree in Film, Cinema, or closely related field or ABD, from an accredited institution.
The appointment will begin September 16, 2024. On SOU's quarter system, tenure-track faculty typically teach nine courses per year, with three courses each term. We offer excellent comprehensive health and retirement benefits. Review of applicants will commence immediately, with a priority deadline of January, 15, 2024, but the search will remain open until filled.
Digital Cinema at SOU currently serves approximately 70 majors across its degree programs, providing students with a highly experiential education in visual storytelling, creative problem-solving, and professional collaboration. While rooted in the film school tradition, Digital Cinema embraces entrepreneurship and innovation to prepare students for dynamic careers in an expanding video arts and entertainment landscape. Recent graduates from our program have been accepted into some of the nation's top graduate schools for film, including USC, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount, and Syracuse. In addition to our major programs, we offer certificates in Directing for the Screen, Producing & Production Management, Screenwriting & Story Development, Documentary Production, Cinematography & Production Technology, Media Post Production, and Sound Design.
The hub of all media education on campus is the Digital Media Center (DMC), including a 1000 sq.ft. production studio equipped with HD multi-cam broadcast capabilities, a large green screen, lighting grid and control room, and support facilities for makeup and wardrobe. The DMC equipment room offers students free access to lighting and audio gear and 4K cinema cameras. The DMC is an Avid Learning Affiliate. Students have access to a 20-workstation digital editing lab at the DMC, equipped with DaVinci Resolve and the entire Adobe Creative Cloud suite, and all students have cloud access to screenwriting and production management tools. Faculty also have access to these resources to support their own creative work. Students have opportunities to share their work with the public via Rogue Valley Community Television (RVTV), which is housed in the DMC, via an ongoing partnership with Southern Oregon PBS (SOPBS), and via the SOU Student Film Festival, which takes place every Spring.
Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students based in Ashland, Oregon. SOU's Oregon Center for the Arts, a component to the School of Arts & Communication, produces and presents the work of professional and student artists from the university and throughout the world through performances, exhibitions, festivals, concerts, special events and partnerships with arts organizations at the university and in the community. The Center encourages artistic development, contextual understanding, and explorations of creative expression.
Southern Oregon is known for its cultural offerings, such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland Independent Film Festival, and the Britt Music Festival, and has been recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as a
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