UNC School of the Arts: Assistant/Associate Professor of Screenwriting


Assistant/Associate Professor of Screenwriting

School/Department Information:

The School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is seeking qualified applicants for an Assistant / Associate Professor of Screenwriting in its graduate program.

UNCSA, located in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”), was the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina System in 1972. More than 1,200 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production, Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. The chancellor, deans, and faculty work with students in a residential setting to create an educational community that is intimate, demanding, and performance-centered. Learning is enriched by access to an academic program responsive to a conservatory curriculum. Founded to be both an education institution and a resource enhancing the cultural life of the state of North Carolina and the Southeast, UNCSA offers numerous public performances, on- and off-campus, as well as community education in the arts.

Established in 1993, the School of Filmmaking combines rigorous professional training with unparalleled facilities, equipment and resources. The program’s mission is to train talented students for professional careers in the film and television industries and stresses the collaborative nature of filmmaking in a rigorous conservatory atmosphere. The School of Filmmaking’s goal is to produce the “complete” filmmaker – a storyteller of unusual vision who knows how to use and value the components of the filmmaking arts. The School of Filmmaking offers a BFA in Animation, Cinematography, Directing, Picture Editing & Sound Design, Producing, Production Design & Visual Effects, and Screenwriting, and an MFA in Creative Producing, Film Music Composition, and Screenwriting.


The Screenwriting faculty member’s primary responsibility is to teach multiple undergraduate and graduate level screenwriting courses including, but not limited to, Fundamentals of Narrative Storytelling, Screenwriting and Story Development, and to fulfill other responsibilities required of an academic position.

  • Evaluate his/her students on a regular basis and participate in the student continuation profess at the end of the academic year.
  • Attend regular Faculty meetings, weekly Production meetings, and any other meetings deemed necessary.
  • Attend to all duties associated with a full-time faculty appointment as described in the UNCSA Faculty Manual. Among other obligations, these include teaching all classes assigned, holding office hours, grading student assignments and submitting grades, and attending departmental meetings.
  • Participate and assist in the admissions process which may including recruiting and interviewing prospective students during on-campus interview dates. Faculty may also be asked to travel for off-site prospective student interviews to speak about our program.
  • Participate on UNCSA and School of Filmmaking committees as needed.
  • Participate in Intensive Arts.
  • Abide by and support all School of Filmmaking policies and procedures as outlined in the School of Filmmaking Student Handbook and Safety Handbook.
  • Participate in other duties as assigned by the Dean.

Required Qualifications:

The qualified candidate must possess professional screenwriting credits in the feature, television, webseries, or gaming fields as well as teaching/lecturing experience, or an equivalent combination of education, teaching and professional experience. An earned terminal degree in the teaching discipline or related discipline, generally the MFA, or an equivalent combination and professional experience is required. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

UNCSA follows the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) guidelines for faculty credentialing. The successful candidate will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV), official transcripts of earned degrees, and/or substantiating documentation of experiential qualifications as a condition of employment.

Tenure Information:

UNCSA utilizes a multi-year contract system in lieu of tenure.

How to Apply:

Applications, which must include a cover letter and curriculum vitae, must be submitted through UNCSA’s Human Resources website. Applications are currently being reviewed, and this position is open until filled. To apply for this position, please click the following link – https://employment.uncsa.edu/postings/3277

Posted on July 17, 2017