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CUNY Distinguished Lecturer in Directing in Brooklyn, New York

Distinguished Lecturer in Directing

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Brooklyn College

Full/Part Time





Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY) invites applications for a Distinguished Lecturer in Directing position at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema to begin August 2022. Distinguished Lecturers are experienced practitioners or teachers who hold a full-time, non-tenure- track position with a maximum appointment period of seven years, subject to annual reappointment.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Teach five courses in directing per year

  • Head the directing track of MFA program in Cinema Arts and in this capacity:

  • Be available for student advisement and mentorship

  • Contribute to the ongoing curricular development of the M.F.A program in Cinema Arts

  • Offer Guidance to adjunct directing faculty

  • Aid in the admissions process by reading applications and performing interviews.

  • Serve on department committees, as assigned by the department chair, such as the curriculum committee.

We are looking for a dedicated candidate excited to participate in helping to shape a world class cinema school within a college whose student body is highly diversified and which welcomes applications from qualified members of underrepresented groups.

Brooklyn College serves students from as many as 150 countries who speak over 100 languages and dialects and thus constitutes a vibrant microcosm of the rich diversity and energy that characterizes the borough of Brooklyn and the greater New York City area itself. Its mission features “a special commitment to educate immigrant and first-generation college students from the diverse communities that make up our city and state.” The college ethos is strongly invested in the educational and career success of a population that encompasses a multiplicity of nationalities, ethnicities, religions, cultures and languages. We are committed to fostering a spirit of camaraderie and shared ideals across the entire spectrum of our varied constituency. By accessing a first-class and affordable college education in an inclusive and nurturing intellectual milieu, our students acquire the skills, confidence, and global mindedness that allow them to thrive in a rapidly changing, unpredictable marketplace of ideas that is increasingly mindless of borders and spans the gamut of cultures and vernaculars.

To this end, the college seeks faculty who are eager to engage with the diversity of our student body and have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and heterogeneity through teaching, research and/or service. We seek to recruit and retain faculty who reflect the mosaic of our student population. Successful candidates will bring their unique creativity, sensitivity, insights and perspectives to a community that welcomes innovation in scholarship and teaching. Together we will model the finest that a public urban liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies college can be for the present and future.


Bachelor's degree and a significant, recognizable record of achievement in narrative filmmaking as directors.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An M.F.A. in film/digital production is preferred

  • At least 3 years of college-level teaching experience teaching courses in all facets of directing, working with actors and production.

  • A demonstrable capacity to translate one's professional background into a dynamic classroom experience.

  • Hands-on expertise in digital production, and some of the standard professional shooting and editing equipment currently used in production.


Salary commensurate with experience and credentials at the entry level. All appointments are subject to financial availability.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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Applicants should upload the following in .doc, .pdf, or .rtf format:

-A cover letter, including a description of how the candidate’s professional vision can be applied to educating a diverse population of graduate students in all facets of directing for film, television, and visual storytelling.

  • Current and detailed curriculum vitae

  • Links to relevant work samples to be reviewed by the selection committee

  • Two sample course syllabi for Directing classes

  • Full contact details (names, telephone numbers, and email addresses) for three professional references.


Review of applications to begin January 15, 2022 and will continue until filled.


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.