UCLA TFT Screenwriting Faculty Search – Job Description

The Department of Film, Television and Digital Media within the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television invites applicants seeking a tenured faculty position in Screenwriting. This senior level professor is responsible for teaching a variety of courses in narrative film and television writing at the BA and MFA levels. Special consideration will be given to applicants who emphasize social responsibility and diversity in their creative work, but all applicants must be able to lead students through a range of creative and practical approaches to writing films with consideration for the relationship between creativity and storytelling. The successful candidate will teach courses in narrative film and television writing and will be expected to participate fully in university and department service.

The ideal candidate will have an MFA in Screenwriting from an accredited institution plus professional experience in screenwriting.  WGA membership preferred.  S/he will have had experience teaching large-enrollment lecture courses in screenwriting fundamentals, and in teaching limited-enrollment advanced screenwriting seminars/workshops. We are looking for an established, currently active screenwriter with a national/international reputation who possesses the highest levels of artistic excellence and skill. We are especially interested in candidates with experience in writing for film and/or television with a focus on social impact and an understanding of diverse storytelling environments. Demonstrated professional and teaching capacity in related areas is essential. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, and community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. 

Rank/Salary: We are seeking applicants who qualify for appointment to a tenured faculty position in the Film, Television & Digital Media Department. Salary will be commensurate with background and experience.

Application: Please submit an electronic version of your CV, the names of 3-5 references who may be contacted regarding your application, and a cover letter of no more than 3 pages that illustrates your particular suitability for the position. Please address your materials to Professor Richard Walter – Chair of the Search Committee.
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Application Deadline: Applications should be received by Dec. 18th 2015 or until filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy.
The vision of the School of Theater, Film and Television is to serve as a premier interdisciplinary global professional school that develops outstanding humanistic storytellers, industry leaders and scholars whose diverse, innovative voices enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world.

Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite