One-Year Term Hire

Washington D.C.
Apr 28, 2022
May 16, 2022
Full Time

The School of Communication at American University invites applications for a term faculty appointment (non-tenure) beginning August 29, 2022, in the Film and Media Arts division.  This is a one-year appointment. Rank will be dependent on the highest degree earned and experience in the field. The School of Communication seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion of those historically underrepresented individuals in higher education. Women, underrepresented individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

The teaching load will be six courses over the AY22/23, usually three in the fall, and three in the spring.

The courses that may be assigned include undergraduate and graduate courses. These may range from our introductory undergraduate requirement, Comm 105 Visual Literacy, our undergraduate Comm 331 Video Production 1, and Comm 282 Writing for Visual Media. Graduate courses may include Comm 682 Writing for Visual Media, Comm 631 Film/Video Production and Direction (fall-semester production 1). All faculty are to hold office hours each week and participate in school and university activities and service.

We are looking for an instructor who has been practicing in the filmmaking profession or related fields for at least three years, who is proficient in all aspects of media creation, including producing and directing, scriptwriting, cinematography, sound recording, and postproduction. Experience in both fiction and documentary is preferred. We are seeking a diverse application group that reenforces American University’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. Preferred degree: MA or higher. If lacking, then more than three years of extensive professional experience is required.

Salary is competitive.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, subject to on-going budgetary approval.  Please submit applications via:  Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, portfolio or website, three letters of recommendation, recent teaching evaluations, and recent published papers (if applicable) as well as a statement of past and/or future contributions to diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and service.  Please contact Aisha Green, Faculty Coordinator, 202-885-2133 or if you have any questions.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital.  For more information about American University, visit  Learn more about the School of Communication at

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.  The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. 

American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. To ensure the health and safety of our community, American University requires that all faculty and staff are vaccinated for Covid-19.  To learn more about American University's health and safety directives please click here. 

Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.