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Visiting Documentary Filmmaker (Part-Time Faculty Member)

The Media Arts Department at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA, is currently seeking candidates for a 15-week residency in documentary filmmaking. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching one production class and be an active member of the university community, including participating in activities such as screenings, lectures, and engagement with students.

While in residence, the visiting filmmaker is expected to develop his/her own documentary project(s) and will have full support from the Media Arts Department and Academic Media Center while pursuing this goal. Support includes access to production and post-production equipment, administrative staff, student assistance, screening facilities, and access to our fully equipped TV production studio.

The successful candidate will be housed in the newly built Snee-Reinhart House for the Media Arts. This three-story facility includes a spacious studio apartment on the upper level, a multipurpose work area on the main floor, and a state-of-the-art 20-seat screening facility on the lower level.  Meals and transportation are the responsibility of the candidate.


  • Terminal degree or equivalent production record/experience required.

  • Teaching experience preferred.

  • Inspiring, energetic, and experienced documentarian who understands the challenges of production within an educational environment and possesses the drive and vision to see his/her own work through while working in a collaborative environment.


The successful candidate will receive a stipend payment for his/her services. This is a part-time non-benefitted position.

Robert Morris University is located in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which has been cited as being the "Best Arts Destination" among mid-sized cities and one of the USA's most affordable and livable places. Pittsburgh has a vibrant arts and film community, in part due to the existence of organizations like Pittsburgh Filmmakers, which is the oldest Media Arts Center in the country and operates three major independent movie houses that feature indie/art/foreign films on a regular basis. In addition, Pittsburgh is home to the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, The Mattress Factory, The Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Wood Street Gallery, and many small art galleries throughout its diverse neighborhoods.

To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Letter of application
- Curriculum Vitae
- Names and contact information of three references
- Filmography and samples of work on DVD.
- Please enclose self-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials (if needed).

All applications should be postmarked no later than September 15, 2013

Anticipated start date is Janaury 9, 2014 (Spring Semester).

Send application materials to:

Professor Jon Radermacher, Department Head

Media Arts Department

Robert Morris University

6001 University Blvd.

Moon Township, PA 15108


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