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Asst/Assoc Prof, Screenwriting

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

An EHRA application is required in order to be considered for a faculty position. Please note, EHRA applications do not have an employment entry section. Instead, a resume/CV will be required to be uploaded by the applicant, along with any other documents the Department or assigned Search Committee deem relevant for the review process. Applications will be treated confidentially until the final stages of the search process. Salary will be commensurate with experience. UNCSA follows the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) guidelines for faculty credentialing. The successful candidate will be required to submit a curriculum vitae, official transcripts of earned degrees, and/or substantiating documentation of experiential qualifications as a condition of employment. Pursuant to UNCSA policy, as a condition of employment the University must obtain a criminal background report and determine that the nature and seriousness of any criminal offenses do not render employment with the University inappropriate.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Assistant/Associate Professor of Screenwriting
Position Number 36259
School/Department Information

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, located in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”), was the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,200 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. The chancellor, deans, and faculty work with students in a residential setting to create an educational community that is intimate, demanding, and performance-centered. Learning is enriched by access to an academic program responsive to a conservatory curriculum. Founded to be both an educational institution and a resource enhancing the cultural life of the state of North Carolina and the Southeast, UNCSA offers numerous public performances, on- and off-campus, as well as community education in the arts.

Established in 1993, the School of Filmmaking combines rigorous professional training with unparalleled facilities, equipment and resources. The program’s mission is to train talented students for professional careers in the film and television industries and stresses the collaborative nature of filmmaking in a rigorous conservatory atmosphere. The School of Filmmaking’s goal is to produce the “complete” filmmaker – a storyteller of unusual vision who knows how to use and value the components of the filmmaking arts. The School of Filmmaking offers a BFA in Animation, Cinematography, Directing, Picture Editing & Sound Design, Producing, Production Design & Visual Effects, and Screenwriting, and an MFA in Creative Producing, Film Music Composition, and Screenwriting.

Description of Responsibilities and Duties

The Screenwriting faculty member’s primary responsibility is to teach multiple undergraduate and graduate level screenwriting courses including, but not limited to, Fundamentals of Narrative Storytelling, Screenwriting and Story Development, and to fulfill other responsibilities required of an academic position.

Evaluate his/her students on a regular basis and participate in the student continuation process at the end of the academic year.

Attend regular Faculty meetings, weekly Production meetings, and any other meetings deemed necessary.

Attend to all duties associated with a full-time faculty appointment as described in the UNCSA Faculty Manual. Among other obligations, these include teaching all classes assigned, holding office hours, grading student assignments and submitting grades, and attending departmental meetings.

Participate and assist in the admissions process which may include recruiting and interviewing prospective students during on-campus interview dates. Faculty may also be asked to travel for off-site prospective student interviews to speak about our program.

Participate on UNCSA and School of Filmmaking committees as needed.

Arrange Guest Artist lectures and visits at the request of the Dean.

Participate in Intensive Arts.

Abide by and support all School of Filmmaking policies and procedures as outlined in the School of Filmmaking Student Handbook and Safety Handbook.

Participate in other duties as assigned by the Dean.

Required Qualifications

The qualified candidate must possess professional screenwriting credits in the feature, television, webseries, or gaming fields as well as teaching/lecturing experience. or an equivalent combination of education, teaching and professional experience. An earned terminal degree in the teaching discipline or related discipline, generally the MFA, or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications
Tenure Information UNCSA utilizes a multi-year contract system in lieu of tenure.
Instructions to Candidates
Classification Code

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F24P
Open Date 05/19/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Recruitment Range, if applicable
Special Instructions to Candidates

An EHRA application is required in order to be considered for a faculty position. Please note, EHRA applications do not have an employment entry section. Instead, a resume/CV will be required to be uploaded by the applicant, along with any other documents the Department or assigned Search Committee deem relevant for the review process. Applications will be treated confidentially until the final stages of the search process. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

UNCSA follows the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) guidelines for faculty credentialing. The successful candidate will be required to submit a curriculum vitae, official transcripts of earned degrees, and/or substantiating documentation of experiential qualifications as a condition of employment.
Pursuant to UNCSA policy, as a condition of employment the University must obtain a criminal background report and determine that the nature and seriousness of any criminal offenses do not render employment with the University inappropriate.

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts
  2. Portfolio