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Assistant or Associate Professional Practice Professor/ Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism Director

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Assistant or Associate Professional Practice Professor/ Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism Director

The Missouri School of Journalism seeks a director for its documentary journalism center. The ideal candidate will have at least ten years of experience in documentary-related or journalism-related work. This 12-month faculty member will lead the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism and the school’s hands-on teaching approach to creating documentary content. Candidates must excel at storytelling and the tools necessary to create long-form, visual documentary content. The successful candidate must be able to manage the day-to-day operations of the center, including the following duties:

Maintaining and improving a curriculum of documentary courses

Supervising other faculty members in the center

Coordinating the selection and facilitation of visiting artists to the center

Managing a budget and all purchases for the center

Teaching the center’s capstone and other courses, including courses that may involve teaching aspects of camera work, field audio and video/audio editing.

Supervising a laboratory for the production of documentary journalism content and maintaining an inventory of equipment for the center.

Operating film company Method M Films and maintaining the web pages DocJournalism.com and MethodMFilms.com

Managing the center’s annual pitch forum, Stronger Than Fiction Film Festival and Based on a True Story (BOATS) conference.

Supervising numerous documentary screenings for the students, school and community each year

Serving as advisor to the MU Documentary Club

Managing the relationships of the center with Film Studies, Digital Storytelling and other programs within MU’s School of Visual Studies, as well as with the MU Honors College

Identifying ways to innovate with the other School of Journalism newsrooms and agencies.

Managing the relationships and sponsorships with important film festivals and other documentary-related organizations including—but not limited to—the True/False Film Fest, Ragtag Cinema, the Sundance Institute, the Museum of the Moving Image, Field of Vision, the International Documentary Association, Cinema Eye Honors, the St. Louis International Film Festival, Kartemquin Films, Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival

Managing the submission of student capstone films to appropriate film festivals and contests; and managing licensing of student documentaries for public exhibition


MInimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least ten years of experience in the documentary or journalism field.

The committee also will be considering technical production experience, and is interested in those candidates with a master’s degree

Application Materials

Applications must include an academic CV or professional resume, links to recent creative or journalistic work by the candidate, references in the field and a cover letter that must also include an analysis of the current documentary landscape. Applicants also must provide a one-page diversity statement that specifically addresses how you would engage with a diverse student population with regards to teaching, research, mentoring, and advising.

Application Deadline

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Hiring is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2021 with an immediate start date.


Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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