Screenwriting Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing

$45,000 yearly
  • Western Colorado University
  • Remote
  • Nov 22, 2021
Full time Education

Job Description

Screenwriting Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing

 Position: Western Colorado University invites applications for a full-time faculty position as Director of the Screenwriting Concentration in the Graduate Program in Creative Writing. The position is a full-time, twelve-month position at the rank of lecturer. 

The Graduate Program in Creative Writing is a low-residency program that offers both Masters and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Creative Writing with concentrations in Genre Fiction, Nature Writing, Poetry, and Screenwriting, as well as a Masters concentration in Publishing. During the academic year, all of the Program’s courses and events are delivered online, using Zoom and Canvas, and most faculty work remotely. During the last week of July, students and faculty come to Western’s campus in Gunnison, Colorado for the program’s annual residency. Candidates with a passion for the cultivation of thoughtful, socially conscious screenwriters working in diverse genres and styles are encouraged to apply.  

RESPONSIBILITIES: This position will teach two intensive (6-credit) classes per semester, administer the Screenwriting concentration, and participate in overall program management and assessment, along with commitments to campus service and continued professional development, all of which duties can be performed remotely. Summer teaching duties and in-person attendance at the annual residency in late July are required as well and are compensated with an additional stipend commensurate with the duties.

The individual hired will model the Graduate Program in Creative Writing’s values through inspirational energy, kindness and care for students, and a proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in education and the arts. This individual will demonstrate excellence in teaching, a high level of expertise in screenwriting, and varied, up-to-date experience in the film and TV industry. This individual also will have a compelling vision for the Screenwriting concentration, will be a considerate colleague, and will enthusiastically represent the program with internal and external constituents, as appropriate. 


Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Terminal degree in Creative Writing or closely-related field 
  • Strong professional film and TV portfolio demonstrating expertise in multiple genres and media
  • At least 2 years’ experience in university-level teaching or close equivalent 
  • Demonstrated commitment to culturally responsive and anti-racist pedagogies  
  • Experience teaching online or hybrid courses
  • Proven administrative ability 
  • Proven capacity for collaboration with diverse constituents

 Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Familiarity with the low-residency MFA program model  
  • Experience developing curriculum and overseeing pedagogy
  • Ability to recruit students across all communities, with an emphasis on underprivileged communities 
  • Willingness to attend conferences and other events to promote the program  
  • Experience in the day-to-day business of working with agents, managers, and actors, writing/rewriting to deadlines, and pitching projects to studios/producers 
  • Strong professional network

APPLICATION: Apply online at Required attachments to the application include: letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, sample of (or links to) creative work including 3-5 script samples across different genres/media, and a list of 3 recent professional references with name, position, and contact information. 

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during screening. Official transcripts are required prior to issuing contract.  

Screening of applications will begin January 17, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.  

Please direct questions to Dr. Tyson Hausdoerffer at (970) 309-9956; email:   

Western is a residential, public university with an enrollment of 3,000 students who come from across Colorado and all fifty states. Western’s School of Graduate Studies offers ten degree programs and 23 specialized degree concentrations. Serving over 400 graduate students, these programs bring together distinguished professors and practitioners in a supportive academic environment dedicated to excellence. Western is a student-oriented, collegial, energetic, and engaged campus and community. Faculty help students develop the skills and commitments needed to continue learning throughout their lives and strive to elucidate the connections unifying academic domains, which have traditionally existed separately: the sciences, liberal arts and professional programs. The curriculum provides professional flexibility where experiential learning and interdisciplinary approaches are valued. Western is also an advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusivity of all types including ability (physical, mental), social class, racial/ethnic, linguistic, religion, sexual orientation, age, experience, gender, and cultural. Please see our diversity statement, and our DEII Committee charge. The university is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison Valley provides significant year-round outdoor recreational opportunities. Employees have chosen Western because of the quality of life combined with rewarding careers. Visit  to learn more about the university.  

Western Colorado University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus.