Film Professor or Lecturer (Screenwriting)

Rochester Institute of Technology in New York

Deadline January 27, 2014
Date Posted December 11, 2013
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The School of Film and Animation invites applicants to apply for a tenure track Assistant Professor position or a non-tenure track Lecturer position.  We seek a talented and experienced screenwriter interested in educating filmmakers and animators. The candidate should demonstrate substantial aptitude in all forms of writing, particularly short film and feature and/or cinema-style television. Courses will involve teaching undergraduate and graduate students the techniques of writing short, television, and feature length screenplays, as well as courses in dramatic structure and film aesthetics. Experience in other areas of film production is desirable.


In addition to a full teaching load, responsibilities include advising students, assisting in curriculum development, participating in research, scholarship and creative activity, and providing service to the institute, college, and department.


We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RITs core values, honor code, and diversity commitment.  



The College of Imaging Arts and Sciences offers programs in Art, Design, Crafts, Film and Animation, Photography and Media Sciences. The internationally recognized School of Film and Animation (SOFA) offers BFA and MFA degrees in film production with emphasis in either animation or live action. In 2006 the school in partnership with RITs Center for Imaging Science, initiated a BS degree in Motion Picture Science. SOFA provides a creative community where students have the opportunity to discover their unique talents and expressive potential while at the same time developing the skills needed to fulfill any creative or technical role in the film and animation industry. SOFA enrollment is typically at 250 undergraduates and 50 graduate students.



RIT is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend RIT. Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the Great Colleges to Work For for four years. RIT is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples by our membership in the Upstate NY HERC.


Rochester, situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, is the 79th largest city in the United States and the third largest metropolitan area in New York State. The Greater Rochester region, which is home to over one million people, is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, with a population comprised of approximately 16% African and Latin Americans and another 7% of international origin.  It is also home to the largest deaf community per capita in the U.S. Rochester ranks 3rd among the best metropolitan regions for raising a family" by Forbes Magazine; 6th among 379 metropolitan areas as Best Places to Live in America by Places Rated Almanac; 1st in Expansion Management Magazines ranking of metropolitan areas having the best quality of life in the nation; and is among Essence Magazines Top 10 Cities for Black Families.



  • MFA in screenwriting or appropriate terminal degree in a related discipline such as film production or creative writing (completed by June 2014).  A candidate with at least a Bachelors degree and professional experience may be considered for a Lectureship position.
  • Professional experience in feature or cinema-style television writing.
  • Artistic achievement in screenwriting.
  • Teaching experience at the college level.
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the colleges continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.



Apply online at  Search: 854BR. Please submit your cover letter addressing the listed qualifications; a detailed vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy; a portfolio of professional work; a contribution to diversity statement; and the names, addresses and phone numbers for five references.


You can contact the search committee with questions on the position at:


Jack Beck, Search Committee Chair
School of Film and Animation
Rochester Institute of Technology
70 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York 14623-5604

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.  Applicants are encouraged to apply by January 27, 2014.


RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientations, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities.

How To Apply

You can apply for this position online at (Search 854BR)