Cinema & Media Studies (CMS) Teaching Asst. Prof

Reno, NV

University of Nevada, Reno

The Department of English at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), invites applicants for a regular Teaching Assistant Professor position to begin July 1, 2020. We are seeking a specialist in Cinema and Media Studies (CMS) with a demonstrated record of teaching excellence in the field and an ability to teach English 202: Film Analysis and Interpretation, as well as other courses contributing to the department’s Minor in Cinema and Media Studies. We welcome applicants with expertise in a related area such as World Cinema, Indigenous Cinema, Queer Cinema, or Television Studies. Applicants are also expected to be able to teach literature of the U.S. and/or Core Humanities. The position carries a 4/4 teaching load with potential course release opportunities for academic advisement, assessment, curriculum development, and other administrative duties.

Required Qualifications

PhD in English or Film Studies (or a closely related field such as Digital Media Studies) by August 2020.

Demonstrated excellence in teaching in cinema and/or media studies.

Preferred Qualifications

Evidence of excellence in teaching literature of the U.S. and/or Core Humanities.

Evidence of attention to diversity, equity and inclusion in teaching and/or service.

Compensation Grade/Rank

Lecturer II

Department Information

Additional information about the Department can be found at

The College of Liberal Arts is central to the intellectual and artistic life of the University of Nevada, Reno and is committed to fostering diversity, equity and inclusivity. The college emphasizes inquiry, discovery and openness to new ideas and perspectives and supports major scholarly research and creative activity in the humanities, social sciences and arts.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a public Research 1 land-grant institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education with a student population of approximately 22,000, including over 3,000 graduate students. We are a comprehensive, doctoral university that has been classified as a Carnegie R1 institution with very high research activity. Nearly half of incoming students identify as being from an underrepresented group. In accordance with the university's land grant, tier one research institution mission, our faculty are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service in a pluralistic environment.

The University has dynamic intellectual, artistic and sports life and a close relationship to the city of Reno, an emerging tech and innovation hub with a diverse population and a rich cultural history that hosts an active art, music and festival scene along the Truckee River. Known for its proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reno is a vibrant, diverse and growing city of 300,000 located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, about 100 miles east of Sacramento and 30 miles north of the state capital, Carson City. Combined with the neighboring city of Sparks, the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of 450,000. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts and is rated one of the top locations in the United States for living and for outdoor recreation. It has an international airport with direct flights to many U.S. transportation hubs and to Mexico.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the education experience.

For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit and

Total Compensation
The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, thirty (30) days of sick leave provided upon start date and two (2) days of sick leave accrued per full month after the first year of service, two (2) days of annual leave accrued each full month, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents. For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a Dual Career Assistance Program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.

Contact Information for this position

Search Chair: Justin Gifford,

Search Coordinator: Cami Allen

Full-Time Equivalent


Required Attachment(s)

Please attach the following documents to your application.  Please contact, the day you apply, if assistance is needed with attachments:

1)  A complete Curriculum Vita

2)  Cover letter stating qualifications, experience, research plans and teaching experience

3) Contact information for three professional references

4) A brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying

5) Two research-based writing samples

Close Date

Priority will be given to applications received by January 24th

This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below.  The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior.

Posting Close Date



Note to Applicant
A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire. 

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment. 

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify. 

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks. 

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment. 

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

University of Nevada, Reno

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Posted: 12/23/2019