Job Spotlight: Tenure-track Assistant Professor in African-American and/or African Diasporic Cinema

The Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, The Jesuit University of New York, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in African-American and/or African Diasporic Cinema, to commence September 1, 2020. The position will be based at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan, with opportunity to contribute to the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx as well. This hire is part of an Arts and Science-wide hiring initiative in African-American and African diasporic culture, including Literature, Ethnomusicology, and Visual Art/Media. 

About the Position:

The ideal candidate should have a specialization in African-American and/or African Diasporic Cinema. Applicants whose work focuses on film history/historiography; production/industry studies; audience studies; black arts and expressive cultures; social movements; and the intersections among film, television, and digital media are particularly welcome. The candidate should have a robust research agenda, evidence of teaching excellence, and the ability to contribute to Fordham’s Jesuit core curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute pedagogically to our Film and Television major and could teach in our M.A. program in Public Media, which has concentrations in Strategic Communication and Multi-Platform Journalism.


  • Ph.D. in Film and/or Media Studies or a related discipline, to be conferred by May 2020
  • A strong research agenda and publication record appropriate to their stage in the profession
  • Ability to teach required courses in Understanding Film, Film History, and Film Theory; Global Cinema; and courses of their own design which would contribute to a university-wide hiring initiative in African-American and African diasporic culture
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching
  • Commitment to mentoring and advising students

Interested applicants should submit (1) a cover letter with qualifications, including approach to teaching and scholarship; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) 1-2 writing samples (30 pp maximum inclusive); (4) the names and contact information for three references; and (4) and a one-page statement that addresses how your teaching, mentoring, research, scholarship, and/or community service supports Fordham’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Application materials should be uploaded to Interfolio at To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by Tuesday, October 15, 2019.  Please apply to only one of our advertised tenure-track positions.  For questions or additional information, please contact Claudia Rivera at

About the Department

 From high technology to everyday interactions, Fordham’s Department of Communication and Media Studies critically and independently turns its attention to the connective tissue between past and present, historically grounding old and new media through ethically-infused teaching and research.  We advocate the model of the publicly-engaged scholar and critically-informed practitioner who is civically and socially reflective and critical through analytical and/or applied means. Our faculty includes scholars and practitioners from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives.  We administer four undergraduate majors — Communication & Culture, Digital Technology & Emerging Media, Film & Television, and Journalism — and participate in several interdisciplinary programs. 

We seek to attract and promote a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.  We believe that cultural and intellectual diversity is central to the excellence of our academic program, and we strive to create an academic community and campus culture that attracts and facilitates the development of promising and diverse teacher-scholars.  As our student body becomes increasingly diverse, we are especially interested in candidates with substantive experience and commitment to teaching and mentoring students from a range of social, cultural and economic backgrounds, and who have successfully incorporated the research of women and scholars of color into their courses.

Fordham is located in the heart of New York City, interacting on many levels with a diverse array of communities and institutions.  Through research, teaching and service, we are committed to developing and deepening our connections to the people and organizations around us.

Fordham is an independent, Catholic University in the Jesuit tradition that welcomes applications from all backgrounds. Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and women, people of color and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Same-sex spouses are eligible for benefits.