University of Massachusetts Amherst Associate or Full Professor - German film & media/DEFA in Amherst, Massachusetts

Associate or Full Professor - German film & media/DEFA

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Job no: 495732

Work type: Faculty Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department: Languages Literat. & Cultures

Union: MSP

Categories: Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description

The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a scholar with a background in German film and media studies and a record of teaching and publication suitable for appointment at the rank of associate or full professor, to teach graduate and undergraduate courses and to serve as the Academic Director of the DEFA Film Library (DFL) ( The position will begin September 1, 2019.

Based in the German and Scandinavian Studies program within the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (, the successful candidate will also work with UMass’s Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies ( and Five-College faculty in German and film studies. The Academic Director of DFL will shape the direction of future scholarly and public programs, publications and events, in collaboration with the DFL team. Related scholarly interests are welcome, including East or West European cinemas; post-colonial media and Cold War media cultures; Holocaust studies; Scandinavian film; transnational and activist filmmaking; popular culture studies; memory culture.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Ph.D. in German, Film Studies, or another closely related field. Outstanding record and potential for future achievement in teaching and research on German-language film and media—including the cinema and culture of the GDR—in a transnational context. Demonstrated desire to sustain and expand the scholarly mission of DFL. Experience in grant writing and departmental/institutional administration, leadership, and outreach particularly desirable.

Additional Information

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit 1) application letter addressing your qualifications, as well as ideas for future directions for the DEFA Film Library; 2) CV; 3) list of three current references with full contact information including valid email addresses; and 4) an article or chapter reflecting your recent research.

All application materials must be received by the priority deadline of November 13, 2018 to insure full consideration.

Application materials will not be returned. Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Prof. Jonathan Skolnik, Chair, German film & media/DEFA Search Committee,

Advertised: Sep 27 2018 Eastern Daylight Time

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