003791-2017 - Director of Film & Video Studies

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies (SIS) at Purdue University invites applications for the position of Director of Film and Video Studies (FVS).  This is an open rank tenure track or clinical position.  Thus the appointment will be made at either the tenure-track (assistant) or tenured (associate or full) or clinical (assistant, associate or full) level. The appointment requires a Ph.D., MFA, or equivalent professional or academic experience in Film Studies, Cinema Studies, Video Studies, Media Studies/Arts, Digital Media, or a cognate program in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Candidates should locate their expertise broadly within film, video, or media studies. The successful candidate for director will have a vision for the program and be able to contribute to the program's multiple areas of strength in technical and creative production, aesthetics, criticism, history, and theory. The appointment begins August 20, 2018.  

The Film and Video Studies Program expects faculty members to participate actively in program activities, supervise student theses, participate fully in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, and teach courses supporting the FVS major and minor including introductory courses as well as advanced undergraduate courses in the candidate’s areas of specialization.

We seek candidates whose professional practice or scholarship takes an innovative, creative, and interdisciplinary approach to Film and Video Studies—a dynamic practitioner and scholar who demonstrates the desire and ability to establish interdisciplinary creative, teaching, research, and community engagement partnerships with faculty within the College of Liberal Arts, across the broader university and the broader community.

The Director, who reports to the Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, is responsible for academic leadership, day to day management of the program, and strategic planning.  Director responsibilities include recruiting, advising, and retaining a large, diverse group of undergraduate majors and minors; supporting faculty scholarship and teaching; scheduling courses; managing a budget; and designing co-curricular programmatic events and activities.

To apply, submit a letter of application that outlines administrative vision, research or creative work achievements, teaching experience and interests. Purdue University’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.  Complete applications will also include a curriculum vitae, a selection of creative work, and a writing sample. Three (3) letters of reference are required.  Send applications and direct referees to send their letters to Brandi Plantenga (bplante@purdue.edu).  Direct position inquiries to the search committee chair, Rayvon Fouché (rfouche@purdue.edu).

If electronic submission is not possible, please send application materials to:

Rayvon Fouché, Director

American Studies

Purdue University

G10 Heavilon Hall

500 Oval Drive

West Lafayette, IN 47907

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

Purdue University serves more than 42,000 students and is located in West Lafayette—two hours from Chicago and one hour from Indianapolis.  West Lafayette is a welcoming and diverse community with a wide variety of cultural activities, events and industries.

A background check will be required for employment in this position. 

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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