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Professor of Black Cinema Practices

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder seeks to fill a faculty position in Black Cinema Practices. The successful candidate will be an active filmmaker with a visible record of media practice centered on African American/African Diaspora, and will be encouraged and expected to continue their creative production as part of their research requirements, with support from the college and university. 

We seek faculty whose creative practice and scholarship addresses the lives, experiences, and cultural traditions of communities of color, and who can offer courses that challenge and decolonize traditional film canons and cultivate underrepresented perspectives in the classroom.

We encourage all applicants who would strengthen the university’s commitment to diverse perspectives.

Position begins August 2021. 

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts (CINE) has a long-standing record of supporting innovation in the art of cinema; the late great Stan Brakhage taught here for over twenty years, and his work forms the basis for a strong legacy of unique independent cinema. CINE offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in filmmaking: our BFA and interdisciplinary Arts Practices MFA (taught jointly with the Department of Art and Art History) are focused on creative and artistic approaches to the moving image, while our critical studies degrees (BA, BAM) emphasize the theoretical and historical study of film as an art form. 

All of our students in both the critical and production tracks complete a number of critical studies requirements including cinema history, film analysis, film theory, genres, documentary practices, directors, national and regional cinemas, the history of the avant-garde, the golden age of television, etc. These courses are all integrated with filmmaking students and critical studies majors mixing and matching their different expertise to make for a more engaging, deeper understanding of the subject of our studies.

Our laboratory offers the full range of cinematic tools and processes from analog to digital, as well as unique film preservation equipment. We believe that handling and understanding film archival materials makes for better filmmakers and encourage our students to explore all of the avenues that cinema offers both as an art form and as a historical record.

Our Department also hosts an International Film Series, established in 1941 and screening new and repertory films on any format (including 35mm), and active Visiting Artist programs in both Cinema Studies and Arts Practices. In particular, our First Person Cinema Series was established in 1955 and is the longest running program in the world hosting experimental film and video artists.

For more information about the Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts, its curriculum, faculty, and facilities, please visit

For more information about The Arts Practices MFA in Film see

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Teaching responsibilities (2/2) will include core production classes, new course development, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level, serving on undergraduate honors theses, graduate studio visits and thesis committees, and participating in university service.  Candidates should be proficient in relevant digital filmmaking technologies. 

What You Should Know

Boulder Colorado is 25 miles from the capital city of Denver, home to two fine art museums, the Denver Film Society, the Denver International Film Festival, and a major international airport among other urban amenities.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $78,000 - $85,000 at Assistant or Associate Professor level. Moving and startup funding will be made available to the final candidate upon acceptance of the position


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

An MFA or other terminal degree in related fields, and a distinguished or promising record of creative work in African-American/African Diaspora filmmaking/media practice. 

What You Will Need

The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to Black-centered filmmaking and media practices. The area of creative specialty is open and might include fiction or nonfiction, experimental, narrative or documentary filmmaking, or other critical uses of moving image arts, with a demonstrable history of active exhibition in recognized festivals or art venues. 

What We Would Like You To Have

Teaching experience at the college level.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter: must outline applicant’s interest in the position and describe how they will embrace our University commitment to fostering an inclusive community by addressing the following questions from their own experience:
    • How do you understand the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in your field and in the world?
    • How could you imagine your professional life at CU Boulder contributing to the advancement of these values?
  3. PDF Sample of Work
  4. List of References (Used for Phone Reference Checks)
  5. Portfolio URL/Link
  6. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. 

The full consideration date will be February 15, 2021.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Rhonda McCuan

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