Cornell welcomes applicants for tenure-track position in ethnographic filmmaking/visual anthropology

October 8, 2018

Assistant Professor: Ethnographic Filmmaking/Visual Anthropology

Department of Anthropology

Cornell University       

The Department of Anthropology at Cornell University, in collaboration with the Department of Performing and Media Arts, invites applications for a tenure-track position in ethnographic filmmaking/visual anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor. 

We seek a colleague who is not only adept at bringing ethnographic insights to the critique of the contemporary media landscape, but who is also actively involved in film production. We anticipate hiring a scholar-practitioner who will be able both to teach students the practice of ethnographic filmmaking and to reflect upon how filmmaking leverages important insights into how media are deployed in the contemporary world.

While the anticipated tenure-home will be in Anthropology, we seek a creative scholar-practitioner with a Ph.D. in anthropology who will develop new directions in teaching and research, contribute to a cross-university Making Media course and a new Media Studies minor, and collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of scholars to be hired across the university as part of the Provost’s task force on Arts and Humanities and its initiative in campus-wide Media Studies at Cornell (    

Applications should include:

  1. a detailed letter describing current and planned research activities, teaching qualifications, and interests at both graduate and undergraduate levels;
  2. a full curriculum vitae;
  3. an article-length writing sample;
  4. a digital portfolio that best represents the kind and caliber of their filmmaking and includes as well the digital means of access to the portfolio–i.e., hyperlinks, access to a shared DropBox folder, etc.;
  5. three letters of reference (to be submitted separately).

Applications should be submitted online at:

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018 and continue until a candidate has been hired. 

Cornell University is an inclusive dynamic, and innovative university located in Ithaca, NY. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.


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