Assistant Professor in Writing for Film and Television

  • Emerson College
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Oct 13, 2020
Full time Education

Job Description

The Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions in writing for film and television. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through ongoing engagement with students both inside and outside of the classroom in addition to scholarship, creative work, teaching, and service. The appointment begins August 19, 2021.

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 equity 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 1700 students in five degree programs. 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 liberal arts 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.  It is located in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major arts institutions, performing art venues, and research centers.  The college enrolls over 4,400 undergraduate and graduate students from 52 countries and all 50 states.

The focus of one of these positions is comedy writing. The primary responsibility for this position will be teaching in the BFA in Comedic Arts program, which includes classes in comedy writing for television, comedy writing for late night, webisodes, short film and video. 

The second position is defined more broadly as writing for film and/or television, with a primary responsibility for teaching a range of introductory-to-advanced undergraduate classes and MFA-level graduate classes on campus and online in screenwriting for television, features, short film, and emerging media.

Film and television writing courses also serve students from across the College. Additional responsibilities for both faculty positions include academic advising, student mentorship, support for admissions, and serving on department, school, and college committees.


The ideal candidates will have an MFA degree in screenwriting or a related field, professional experience writing for film and/or television (specific credits writing for comedy for one position), and some experience teaching screenwriting or television writing at the college level in a diverse college environment. Candidates must have demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues, or faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Experience in creating authentic narratives about underrepresented communities is desirable. A strong commitment to undergraduate education beyond the classroom is essential.

Candidates should be able to address issues of race and representation in all of their courses. Our ideal candidate will also possess a keen and developed awareness of the issues around diversity, inclusion, and equity within the media industries, the teaching profession, and the classroom. Candidate should have facility with culturally responsive screenwriting pedagogies and approaches, and possess a fluid overall pedagogy that is able to adapt and expand as the cultural conversation around representation, privilege-based difference, and inclusive excellence continues to evolve. 

To Apply:

Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for three references. Preference will be given to applications received by December 1, but the position remains open until filled.