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Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Faculty positions

Indiana University Bloomington seeks a trailblazing, media-focused dean to lead the Media School into its next ambitious chapter. The Media School is well-positioned to continue deepening its successful teaching and research impact in media production, communication research, journalism, advertising, public relations, and cultural studies, while at the same time, nurture continued and new growth that will set the school as a widely recognized leader in the higher education media landscape. The ideal candidate will seize the advantages and talents within the Media School and raise it to national and global prominence. 

Formed in 2014, as a school within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Media School is composed of the prestigious century-old journalism program, the half-century-old telecommunications program, and over fifty years of film and media studies housed in the communication and culture program. The nearly 2,000 Media School students can choose from multiple majors linked to faculty in Cinema and Media Studies, Communication Science, Journalism, and Media Arts and Production. The Media School has an important, long-standing partnership with the separate Radio/TV department, which operates IU’s public radio and television stations. 

The dean, in collaboration with the 72-member faculty, will articulate a vision and strategic plan for the Media School that will strengthen interdisciplinary connections among the programs of the Media School with other schools of the university. The dean will foster partnerships between disciplines and institutions and creative industries in the region, and in other locations where IUB is extending its presence nationally and internationally. 

The Media School has 114 endowed funds with a total endowed value of over $27 million. Reporting to the provost and in partnership with the executive dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Media School dean will provide leadership for the academic and administrative activities of the Media School, further its legacy of contributions and its ongoing impact, and develop new streams of support for the Media Schools’ diversity of scholarship and depth of student excellence. The ideal candidate will have a sophisticated understanding of the scholarly enterprise, demonstrate a record of collaborative leadership, bring vigor and passion for the Media School’s educational and research mission, have significant depth of managerial experience, and be an effective fundraiser. 

In this effort, Indiana University Bloomington has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist a university search committee. All applications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remain confidential, should be directed to the search firm.

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The Media School at Indiana University Bloomington seeks industry professionals interested in transitioning to educating and mentoring the next generation of advertising leaders. We invite applications for two full-time non-tenure-track faculty positions in advertising, the largest and fastest-growing concentration in our school. Substantial experience in creative concept and current cross channel campaign development is highly desired. Ideal candidates have experience mentoring young professionals, or perhaps even adjunct teaching experience at the university level, although this latter qualification is not required. Lecturers teach a variety of undergraduate advertising courses (three per semester) and engage with students, faculty, and staff inside and outside the classroom. Positions require candidates to have at least a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred).

Applications should include a resume, cover letter, a statement on why you want to teach, a diversity statement outlining your contributions and commitment to equity and inclusion in your workplace, and links to both your advertising portfolio and references. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. Applications received by January 27, 2023 will be given full consideration. Interested candidates should submit application materials online. The expected start date is August 1, 2023.

Bloomington, home of Indiana University, is a vibrant midsize city located within driving distance of Indianapolis, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Louisville. Our community is small yet welcoming, with people from all over the world. Bloomington features an active arts community, with several independent music and performance venues and one of the best university cinemas in the country. We boast an array of eclectic restaurants and craft breweries. Southern Indiana is also home to beautiful scenery, and residents enjoy year-round outdoor activities.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. Diversity and inclusion are central to The Media School’s mission.

Questions regarding this position or the application process should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Professor of Practice Bill Schwab. See more about the Media School at mediaschool.indiana.edu.

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The Media School at Indiana University looks to hire the next director of its Black Film Center & Archive (BFCA), the only university-based archival repository in the world that is wholly dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about Black people. For more than 40 years, the BFCA has promoted scholarship on Black film and serves as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students and the general public. In recent years, the BFCA has worked closely with the IU Cinema, the Eskenazi Museum of Art, the IU Library’s Moving Image Archive, the journal Black Camera, the Lilly Library (housing the papers of African writers and filmmakers such as Ousmane Sembene and Ngugi wa Thiong’o) and others on programming, curatorial and scholarly activities, including undergraduate and graduate instruction. On the international level, the BFCA regularly partners with FESPACO, the most prestigious film festival based in Ouagadougou and dedicated to the cinematic works of African and diasporic filmmakers and the June Givanni Pan-African cinema archive (UK). It now houses a FESPACO collection and the recently acquired personal papers of Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, a pioneer of African cinema.

We invite applications from senior faculty members with extensive background in race, cinema and media studies and popular culture representation with a focus on the Black experience. The school seeks established scholars who are engaged in innovative research, teaching and professional work. Minimum qualifications for the position include a PhD, an MFA, or similar terminal degree in a relevant field, and tenured associate or full professor status by time of appointment.

Applications should include a cover letter addressing fit for the position and a vision for the BFCA, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, diversity statement outlining contributions and commitment to equity and inclusion, and a list of academic or professional references. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. Applications received by October 28, 2022 will be given full consideration. Interested candidates should submit application materials online at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/13567. The expected start date is August 1, 2023.

Indiana University is located in Bloomington, Indiana, a vibrant city full of cultural life, diversity, and opportunity, with a population of some 85,000 people from all over the world. It is not uncommon to bump into world-renowned poets, professors, musicians, and researchers at one of the city’s notable local restaurants, cafes, or breweries. IU Bloomington is home to a lively arts community, with independent local theaters, university orchestras, and one of the best university cinemas in the country. Other relevant resources on campus include the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, and the African American Arts Institute.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Diversity and inclusion are central to The Media School’s mission.

Before a conditional offer of employment with tenure is finalized, candidates will be asked to disclose any pending investigations or previous findings of sexual or professional misconduct. They will also be required to authorize an inquiry by Indiana University Bloomington with all current and former employers along these lines. The relevance of information disclosed or ascertained in the context of this process to a candidate’s eligibility for hire will be evaluated by Indiana University Bloomington on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should be aware, however, that Indiana University Bloomington takes the matters of sexual and professional misconduct very seriously.

Questions regarding this position or the application process should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Associate Professor Akinwumi Adesokan, at adesokan@indiana.edu. See more about The Media School at https://mediaschool.indiana.edu/index.html.

The Media School at Indiana University invites applications for a full-time faculty member to support its growing Cinematic Arts program. Candidates interested in this non-tenure track position must have at least a master's degree in film, cinema or a related field. The ideal candidate is well-versed in distribution, including film festivals, traditional and emerging distribution models and streaming, and has a strong interest or demonstrated experience in teaching and developing courses in these areas.  

We encourage applications from candidates who have notable expertise in festivals or production management. Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in diversity and inclusion practices, incorporating these practices in academics, with an ability to work with a diverse body of students and colleagues. Preferred candidates would have a terminal degree (MFA or PhD), university-level teaching experience and strong ties to regional and national film festival circuits.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, diversity statement outlining contributions and commitment to equity and inclusion, and a list of academic or professional references. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. Applications received by October 14, 2022 will be given full consideration. Interested candidates should submit application materials online at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/13747. The expected start date is August 1, 2023.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Diversity and inclusion are central to The Media School’s mission.

Indiana University is located in Bloomington, Indiana, a vibrant city full of cultural life, diversity, and opportunity, with a population of some 85,000 people from all over the world. It is not uncommon to bump into world-renowned poets, professors, musicians, and researchers at one of the city’s notable local restaurants, cafes, or breweries. IU Bloomington is home to a lively arts community, with independent local theaters, university orchestras, and one of the best university cinemas—Indiana University Cinema—in the country.

Questions regarding this position or the application process should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Craig Erpelding, Director of the BFA in Cinematic Arts Program, at cerpeldi@iu.edu. See more about The Media School at https://mediaschool.indiana.edu/index.html.

The Media School at Indiana University Bloomington invites applications for a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Professor of Practice position in game design (appointment dependent on professional experience and impact in the field). We seek candidates with senior experience in the game industry as well as a deep understanding of game design and/or systemic design. The ideal applicant will have some teaching experience and technical skill in some portion of the production pipeline. Applicants with little or no classroom experience are still encouraged to apply and should discuss their interest and preparedness to teach students at the college level. A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree preferred, though significant professional experience will be considered in lieu of an advanced academic degree. The candidate may teach courses on the game industry, advanced design classes, special topics courses based on their expertise, and support students through their sequence of capstone courses. Duties will include teaching and service to the game design program with the potential for leadership within the program, including directorship of the degree.
 
Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, diversity statement outlining contributions and commitment to equity and inclusion, and a list of academic or professional references. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. Applications received by October 28, 2022, will be given full consideration. Interested candidates should submit application materials online at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/13810. The expected start date is August 1, 2023.
 
Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Diversity and inclusion are central to The Media School’s mission.
 
Indiana University is located in Bloomington, Indiana, a vibrant city full of cultural life, diversity, and opportunity, with a population of some 85,000 people from all over the world. It is not uncommon to bump into world-renowned poets, professors, musicians, and researchers at one of the city’s notable local restaurants, cafes, or breweries. IU Bloomington is home to a lively arts community, with independent local theaters, university orchestras, and one of the best university cinemas in the country.
 
Questions regarding this position or the application process should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Will Emigh, Interim Director of the Game Design Program, at wemigh@indiana.edu. See more about The Media School at https://mediaschool.indiana.edu/index.html.

Staff positions

Department information

The Media School at Indiana University is built on a decades-long tradition of journalism, film, media, and communication at one of the nation’s premier public universities. Our programs focus on teaching, researching, and creating media from academic, creative, and professional perspectives. The Media School is committed to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students, faculty, and staff.

Job summary

This position reports to the Director of Student Services.

Department-specific responsibilities

  • Coordinates all administrative aspects of Media School domestic and international student travel programs, including processing applications, coordinating with faculty, completing required reports, and supporting trip orientation for student participants by planning meeting itinerary, tracking attendance, and facilitating discussion.
  • Administers the process for students to receive credit for internships, communicating with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, faculty grader, employers, and student participants.
  • Serves as trip leader for 2 short domestic student experience trips each year.
  • Coordinates the logistics of student services events, including space reservations, hospitality ordering, event setup, etc.
  • Supports recruitment efforts by making on-campus presentations to prospective students and representing The Media School at outreach events.
  • Serves as administrative liaison for Media School student organizations.
  • Collaborates with student services and undergraduate studies departments to support the school’s mission.

General responsibilities

  • Serves as a liaison to campus partners for cross-departmental student programming, providing information, securing space reservations, scheduling planning meetings, and providing necessary documentation.
  • Provides assistance to program participants, stakeholders, faculty, and/or staff; acts as a resource by analyzing information, providing documentation, and preparing reports.
  • Greets students and/or program participants; may assist with program check-in and check-out. Provides directions, support, and information to program participants.
  • Assists with daily scheduling, training, and gathering program feedback. May prepare and disseminate handouts, presentations, or other program materials.
  • Assists with ordering or creation of promotional materials to encourage student participation.
  • Takes on tasks of increasing complexity, such as performing benchmarking research of student programming at other higher education institutions or designing routine surveys to gauge student satisfaction and program effectiveness.
  • May provide guidance to other Student Programming Coordinators.

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