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Visiting Teaching Faculty I in Directing for Motion Pictures

Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts

Tallahassee, Florida 32306
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The College of Motion Picture Arts at Florida State University invites applications for a visiting, full-time position at the rank of Teaching Faculty I. This is a non-tenure-earning position, responsible for teaching graduate and undergraduate students.

The successful candidate will be able to develop curricula and teach courses in directing with a commercial narrative approach. Typical responsibilities include: teaching 1-2 courses per semester; mentoring and advising students; and contributing to curriculum/program development, including serving on committees, researching industry trends, and advising on classroom facilities, tools, and technology.

 This is a full-time appointment with benefits. The anticipated start date is August, 2018. The salary will be commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience. The College has a supportive, collegial faculty, a curriculum that strongly values excellence and a robust support system.

 The Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts was created with the mission of preparing students for successful careers in the motion picture industry and it is one of the most highly ranked film schools in the United States, described by the Hollywood Reporter as “one of the world's best,” the New York Times as “one of the top motion picture schools in the nation,” and honored by the Directors Guild of America for its “distinguished contribution to American culture through the world of film and television.” The College of Motion Picture Arts is renowned for its highly selective, hands-on program that immerses its students in the practice of visual storytelling. The faculty is comprised of award-winning industry experts with a combined 400+ feature film credits who share a gift for teaching students the art, craft and business of storytelling in the motion picture industry.

Florida State’s reputation in film education is rooted in its core commitment to the art of storytelling. Its curriculum is built upon a conservatory approach, with a very low student-to-faculty ratio, which emphasizes many hours of individualized instruction and one-on-one conferences, with the goal of producing educated and creative filmmakers who become responsible and productive members of the entertainment industry. Successful alumni include Barry Jenkins (director of Moonlight), Adele Romanski (producer of Under the Silver Lake and Moonlight), Armando Salas (DP of Mr Mercedes), Wes Ball (director of the Maze Runner trilogy), TS Nowlin (writer of Maze Runner and Pacific Rim Uprising) , Jonathan King (executive producer of Spotlight), and David Robert Mitchell (director of It Follows), among others. (For more information: http://film.fsu.edu/)


Florida State University

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University combines traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences to offer students a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment. FSU arts programs — dance, film, music and theatre — rank among the finest in the world, and provide an arts education comparable to leading conservatories. Its creative writing program is ranked among the nation's best and is home to the most consistently honored and published student body in the United States. (For more information: http://fsu.edu/)

FSU Diversity and Inclusion Statement:

At Florida State University, we recognize that every competitive advantage begins with people. By valuing, celebrating and leveraging the differences and similarities of our students, faculty and staff, we inspire an environment of innovation and passion - one that enables us to create a teaching, research and service environment that better reflects the needs of our students, faculty, staff, customers, constituents, communities and other key stakeholders.

Diversity and Inclusion have long been a part of the operating philosophy at the University. In the context of the workplace, valuing diversity means creating a workplace that respects and includes differences, recognizes the unique contributions that individuals with many types of differences can make, and creates a work environment that maximizes the potential of all employees. As a concept, it focuses on a broader set of qualities than race and gender. Inclusion is a practice of ensuring that people in an organization feel they belong, are engaged and are connected through their work to the goals and objectives of the organization.

The Florida State University subscribes to Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action and pluralism, and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. All eligible candidates are, therefore, invited to apply for position vacancies as appropriate.  FSU is a public records agency pursuant to Chapter 119, Florida Statutes. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For more information about the position or the application process, please contact Linda Hensley at lhensley@film.fsu.edu or (850) 644-8747.




  • Terminal degree (MFA or PhD) in filmmaking, or with the equivalent professional experience in narrative directing.
  • A history of professional directing experience in narrative, feature, and/or television.
  • Excellent communication and teaching skills.

Valued but not required:

  • Practicing artist or educator within the field of directing for features, shorts, narratives, episodic television, and/or animation.
  • Successful college level teaching.
  • Awareness of both current and evolving issues facing the field and strategies to best address them.
  • A broad range of professional experiences and teaching skills, including any or all of the following: writing, directing, cinematography, editing, production design, and/or sound.

 Application Materials:

  • Completed online application form through the FSU Office of Human Resources (https://jobs.fsu.edu) Job Opening #41904. Application must include work history and all education details even if attaching a resume.
  • Cover Letter addressing interest in the position and qualifications.
  • Curriculum vita or resume.
  • Professional portfolio (please include links on resume. If not accessible through a link, email to lhensley@film.fsu.edu).
  • List of three references with title, phone and e-mail contact information.
  • Sample teaching materials and student evaluations for review if available.

Final candidates will be required to have three letters of recommendation (to be sent separately by the references).

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