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The Communication & Digital Cinema program in Southern Oregon University's Division of Business, Communication, and the Environment seeks a film production generalist for a full-time, one-year temporary instructor position to support our growing Digital Cinema major and new Documentary Production certificate and Screenwriting minor. The appointment will begin September 16, 2021, and end June 15, 2022. We offer excellent comprehensive health and retirement benefits. The university is planning for in-person, on-campus instruction and will require students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus to vaccinate prior to the start of the academic year. Review of applicants will commence immediately, with a priority deadline of June 24, but the search will remain open until filled. We seek an experienced filmmaker with a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion in both their teaching and production practice. As a program, the Digital Cinema faculty have pledged a commitment to EDIT Media's best practices for inclusive teaching in media production, http://www.editmedia.org/best-practices/, and we encourage applications from candidates who share this commitment. Experience advising and mentoring underserved student populations (including but not limited to BIPOC students, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, first-generation college students, and low-income students) is especially valued. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in audio/visual storytelling, directing, cinematography and lighting, and advanced production topics in narrative filmmaking. This assignment includes co-instruction of our program centerpiece, the Crew Experience, an innovative 12-credit immersion in which students leave the classroom to learn on location and collaborate under the supervision of faculty and industry mentors on the production of a significant film project. Other teaching assignments may include screenwriting, film analysis/history, sound recording, and editing, depending on the successful candidate's expertise and interests. Candidates with experience in broadcast news, journalism, or strategic communication may also be invited to instruct classes in the Communication major's concentration in Social Media & Public Engagement, new certificate in Professional Social Media, and the Digital Journalism minor. On SOU's quarter system, the teaching load is approximately 4-3-4. Instructors have service responsibilities within their department, including program committees, advising, and new student recruitment, but research and creative work is not expected. Finalist candidates only will be asked to supply a sample syllabus from a relevant course and a creative work sample (reel, clips, or completed works) demonstrating evidence of technical skills. Digital Cinema at SOU, http://sou.edu/digital-cinema, currently serves approximately 65 majors, providing students with a highly experiential education in visual storytelling, creative problem-solving, and professional collaboration. While rooted in the film school tradition, Digital Cinema embraces entrepreneurship and innovation to prepare students for dynamic careers in an expanding video arts and entertainment landscape. Recent graduates from our program have been accepted into some of the nation's top graduate schools for film, including USC, Chapman University, and Syracuse. In Fall 2021, we will launch a new Documentary Production certificate and Screenwriting minor, and we also offer micro-credentials in Cinema Production Technology, Set Skills for Cinema Production, and Story Development for Screenwriting. The hub of all media education on campus is the Digital Media Center (DMC) https://dmc.sou.edu/, including a 1000 sq.ft. production studio equipped with HD multi-cam broadcast capabilities, a large green screen, lighting grid and control room, and support facilities for makeup and wardrobe. The DMC equipment room offers students free access to lighting and audio gear and cameras ranging from HD to 4K resolution. Students have their own 20-workstation digital editing lab at the DMC, equipped with the entire Adobe Creative Cloud suite, and all students have cloud access to the premium Celtx Studio for screenwriting and production management tools. Faculty also have access to these resources to support their own creative work. Students have opportunities to share their work with the public via Rogue Valley Community Television (RVTV), which is housed in the DMC, via an ongoing partnership with Southern Oregon PBS (SOPBS), and via the SOU Student Film Festival, which takes place every Spring. Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 6,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students based in Ashland, Oregon. The surrounding area is known for its cultural offerings, such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland Independent Film Festival, and the Britt Music Festival, and has been recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as a
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SOU provides career-focused, comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students. Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, SOU is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Theoretical and experiential learning programs provide quality, innovative experiences for students. At SOU, students build strong community connections through internships, mentorships, field studies, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement.