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Screenwriting Faculty

Metropolitan State University, College of Liberal Arts - School of Communication, Writing and the Arts

Job Title: Screenwriting Faculty
Reference Code: Req. #2018-00341
Job Location: St. Paul , MN
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Other Professional fields
Arts: visual & performing arts
Application Closing Date: 11/30/2018
Date Posted: 2018-10-02
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Screenwriting Faculty
Metropolitan State University

METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY, a vibrant and growing public, urban university, is seeking to fill a full-time, probationary, tenure-track assistant professor position within the Screenwriting program of the School of Communication, Writing and the Arts, located in the College of Liberal Arts, beginning August 2019.


  • Faculty members are expected to demonstrate ability to teach screenwriting courses effectively at the undergraduate level
  • Engage in scholarly research or creative achievement
  • Provide evidence of continuing preparation and study
  • Contribute to student growth and development through advising and assistance and engage in service to the university and community, such as managing Film Space, a digital cinema theater
  • Outstanding candidates will demonstrate a commitment to serving a culturally diverse student body through delivering a student-centered education in a liberal arts context and will possess the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An MFA in screenwriting OR an MFA in creative writing with a formal concentration in narrative screenwriting indicated on graduate transcript or diploma.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness and at least one full year of experience in teaching university level courses in narrative screenwriting at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced level at the four year university level OR three years teaching narrative screenwriting full time at the community college level
  • Preparation, interest, or teaching experience in two of the following areas: digital film production, film studies, creative writing, game studies, digital story telling, ethnic studies, gender studies, including issues of identity, gender, and minorities in film. 
  • Demonstrated involvement and achievement in the field of professional narrative screenwriting as evidenced by writing samples, screenwriting awards, fellowships, grants, competitions, narrative screenwriting credits, writing/directing credits for short, feature length, or scripted series narrative films, options or sales of screenplays. Candidates with an MFA in creative writing must provide evidence of full time involvement in a career in professional narrative screenwriting spanning at least the last two consecutive years
  • Evidence of effective communication skills (written & verbal) and demonstrated ability to work in an institution with a culturally, economically and linguistically diverse workforce
  • Experience and competence in Final Draft and Final Cut Pro X
  • Documented contributions to student growth and development through advising
  • Ability to fulfill the duties of the screenwriting curriculum coordinator to manage, promote, and represent the screenwriting program

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of, or experience in directing narrative films or narrative scripted series
  • Knowledge of and experience in teaching film history, film studies, digital film production, including issues of identity, gender, and minorities in film. 
  • More than one year of teaching experience at a four year university
  • Membership and/or involvement in at least one non-profit membership arts organization that serves and promotes the development of screenwriters and filmmakers
  • Experience with, or knowledge of the workings of a digital cinema theater

Information and Application Process Instructions

The University:  Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State, serves approximately 11,000 students in the greater Twin Cities Metropolitan area.  We are the most diverse university in the system, with approximately 41% of our students coming from communities of color.  The university offers programs leading to baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees.  We provide accessible, high quality liberal arts, professional and graduate education with continued emphasis on marginalized groups, including adults and communities of color.  Recognized in 2008 by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement and named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the university is committed to academic excellence and community engagement through curriculum, teaching scholarship and services designed to support an urban mission.

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The School: The School of Communication, Writing, and the Arts, located in the College of Liberal Arts, offers multiple majors and minors including a B.A. in screenwriting. The Screenwriting Major was founded in 1999, and is the only B.A. degree in screenwriting in Minnesota.  We provide a unique opportunity for Minnesota residents to advance in the field of screenwriting. The Screenwriting Major is a writing intensive and professional preparation program.  We feature community engagement and an active relationship with the local film community and practitioners.

Salary:  Salary is commensurate with education and experience, and is determined by the salary placement process as outlined in the Inter Faculty Organization (IFO) Master Agreement.

* Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at:

For the most current information on the IFO, go to

Application:  To apply, go to

Applications must be received by 11:59 PM on Closing Date: November 30, 2018

Qualified applicants are required to attach the following documents to their online application:

  • Cover letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position;
  • Current curriculum vita or resume;
  • One-page statement of teaching philosophy and/or examples of teaching effectiveness;
  • Names of four (4) references with addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers; at least two (2) of the references must be able to address teaching effectiveness;
  • Transcripts - Valid unofficial copies of your transcript showing conferred/awarded date of your highest attained degree, with your name and the academic institution’s name/logo are required.  If doctoral study is in progress at the time of application, submit the most recent transcript showing your course of study and progress to date.  We are not able to accept copy/paste word documents with a list of courses/grades or DARS reports.  If selected for hire, official original transcripts will be required.
  • Two short narrative screenplays, and include loglines – 10-20 pages, pdf files only
  • Two feature length narrative screenplays, and include brief synopsis for each – 80-110 pages, pdf files only.
  • Additional materials may be requested at a later date.

If you need help submitting your online application, please contact NeoGov @ 1-855-524-5627 for technical assistance.

For TTY, call Minnesota Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 7-1-1 or 1-800-627-3529.

If you have other questions related to this job announcement, please contact Carla Ballard, Talent Acquistion Specialist, at 651.793.1319.

Notice: In accordance with the Minnesota State Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to Minnesota State’s vehicle use criteria and consent to a motor vehicle records check.

Metropolitan State University is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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