Andrew Harris Fellowship Program in Film & Televisions Studies

Andrew Harris was not only the first African American graduate of the University of Vermont (class of 1838), he was also the first African American college graduate in the United States to champion the abolition of slavery and to demand full equality for people of color. The Andrew Harris Fellowship (click here for more information) honors his legacy by recruiting and supporting artists/scholars from groups that have been historically underrepresented in the academy. The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont has a demonstrated commitment to cultivating an artistic, intellectual, and social environment that actively promotes diversity among its staff, faculty and students.
The Andrew Harris Fellowship is open to those who identify as BIPOC, POC, and/or PGM and is designed to bring promising early-career artists/scholars to the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont. The Fellowship aims to increase racial diversity at the University of Vermont, where in 2021 persons of color comprised 13.4% of faculty and staff and 13.5% percent of students. CAS’s strategies to address its goals with respect to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives include the recruitment of Andrew Harris Fellows.
This Fellowship is offered as a full-time, 12-month Post-Doctoral/Post-MFA Associate appointment (September 1, through August 31) in the Film and Television Studies Program.

Salary is set at $56,000 for the 12-month appointment. Full health and other benefits (see list of benefits and other terms of employment: Relocation and research funds also available (to be determined at the time of hire).

Area of Expertise
The Film and Television Studies Program seeks a fellow in film and video production. Applicants should demonstrate their promise as a filmmaker through evidence of their active creative practice and/or exhibition record. Candidates should be able to teach a broad variety of film and media arts courses, particularly beginning and intermediate production courses that provide solid technical and storytelling foundational skills. The Harris Fellowship will provide support for emergent filmmakers to teach and to develop a body of work with a reduced teaching load (one course per a semester) for the duration of the Fellowship.

Possibility of Tenure-Track
Fellowships may be renewed for up to two years on the basis of performance and budgetary feasibility. Fellows establish and pursue their creative work and/or research agenda with guidance through a mentorship program tailored to help the fellow to transition into a tenure-track faculty position at the end of the contract term. If, during the Fellowship, the Fellow decides to apply for a tenure-track position at UVM, Film and Television Studies will vote about converting the position to tenure-track and send the hiring recommendation to the Provost for approval. Such a tenure-track position would be 40% research, 40% teaching, and 20% service. The teaching load on the tenure track is 2-2 the first year and 2-3 thereafter.

Eligibility Criteria
• U.S. citizens and permanent residents (LPR) are eligible to apply
• Evidence of high potential to contribute to the College of Arts and Sciences diversity plan (see below)
• Terminal degree (M.F.A. or Ph.D.) in the relevant discipline of teaching and research or creative activity (ABD will be considered)
• Applicants must also possess teaching experience at the undergraduate level
• Evidence of high accomplishment as assessed by a faculty committee that will examine the publication or artistic record, as well as a minimum of three letters of recommendation

How to Apply
Review of applications will begin March 18, 2022 and will remain open until filled. Please submit a complete application packet via email to:
Hyon Joo Yoo, Director, Film and Television Studies Program (include subject line "Harris Fellowship")

Please include:
• Cover letter that includes a description of creative work/research goals for the fellowship year. The cover letter should provide:
       • a summary of the candidate’s accomplishments
       • subject areas of interest
       • a description or statement of past contributions and commitment to advance diversity
• curriculum vitae (5 pages maximum)
• three letters of recommendation
• creative and/or writing samples (may include online portfolio)
For more information or questions, please contact Hyon Joo Yoo (

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