Assistant Professor/Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies

The Program in Film and Media Studies at Columbia University, School of the Arts, invites applications for a tenure-track, full-time position in Film and Media Studies, at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor without tenure, or Associate Professor with tenure.

Film and Media Studies at Columbia offers an undergraduate major and an MA in Film and Media Studies with tracks in Emergent Media and Cinema/Media History. We seek a candidate who can contribute to the core graduate and undergraduate curriculum, with expertise in one or more of the following major areas: film/media history and theory, documentary, and television. We are especially interested in candidates with an expertise in the global South (Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean, Asia) or the Middle East. Other possible areas of specialization could include experimental film, genre, queer media, industry studies, the history of technology, sound studies, and the transition from film to video to digital. 

A growing number of Arts and Sciences faculty work in the areas of new media and cinema; some are affiliated with the Center for Comparative Media at Columbia. Others include New York area scholars participating in the Sites of Cinema faculty seminar— which in 2024 will start a three-year workshop “Centering Black Film and Media Studies.” The candidate may be involved with this community and in supervising Ph.D. students.

Faculty in Film and Media Studies are actively involved in programming the Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room: a 150-seat theater with both advanced digital technology and 35mm archival capability. In recent years, the theater has housed a variety of film festivals and international conferences such as Women and the Silent Screen XI (2022) and Legacies of Leftism: East Asia and Beyond (2017).

Columbia University School of the Arts is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups.

Salary is commensurate with experience.


Minimum Degree Required: Ph.D. 

Preferred Degree Required: Ph.D.

Candidates for a tenure-track position should have an evident publishing trajectory with evidence of a significant monograph on the near horizon, if not already in hand, and demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions in their field.

Candidates for a tenured associate professor position must have published at least one book with a nationally-recognized press, significant publications in hand, and a clear path of ongoing work and/or research. They must also exhibit the potential for continuing to make significant contributions to their professional fields as well as their areas of pedagogy. A strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level must be in evidence.

Application Instructions

All applications must be made through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) system. Please upload the following required materials: cover letter, curriculum vita, writing sample (book chapters, articles), and 3 letters of recommendation.

Review of applications begins December 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary Range or Pay Grade

Assistant Professor – $95,000-$105,000

Associate Professor - $110,000-$130,000

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Pay Transparency Disclosure

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training.  The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

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