Adjunct Professor – Cinema & New Media Arts

Job Title: Adjunct Professor – Cinema & New Media Arts
Position Number: ACAD-ADJ-CNMA-09302014
Departments: School of Fine Arts
Reports To: Dean, School of Fine Arts
Job Status: Exempt

Position Summary

Houston Baptist University seeks Adjunct Professors to join the Cinema & New Media Arts program with expertise in a variety of relevant content areas including cinematic theory, visual storytelling, narrative and non-narrative video production, multimedia post-production, and film history / media studies.

Job Responsibilities

Adjunct faculty will be responsible for teaching one or more on-campus classes, including overseeing all relevant student work and grading assignments. Some courses may also require the development of a new syllabus in coordination with the director of the Cinema & New Media Arts program.


Applicants should have a graduate degree in a relevant media field or considerable professional experience in the media industry. Candidates may be considered for the following courses:
• Cinematic Core Principles: An introductory cinematic theory course bridging traditional filmmaking and new media. Grounded in Andrey Tarkovsky’s approach to cinema and integrating theories from a variety of sources, from Eisenstein to Bazin, this course walks students through the building blocks of creating cinematic media.
• The Art of Cinema & New Media: This course challenges students to develop their own artistic voice. Includes an historical walkthrough of storytelling and art from Homer all the way to modern video games. Oral storytelling and media pitching are also central to this course.
• History of Cinema: A chronological survey of the cinematic medium, introducing students to the key artists and developments in the first century of filmmaking. Particular attention should be paid to connecting historical developments to current trends and approaches to new media.
• Video Production: An introduction to video production, with a particular focus on capturing live events and non-fiction content with polish and efficiency. Students in this course will work closely with The Collegian, HBU’s online news source. Multiple workflows and approaches are encouraged, with students introduced to ENG and DSLR cameras, as well as learning how to use mobile devices such as iPhones to greatest effect.
• Website & App Development: Introductory course(s) in interactive media. Could introduce students to the basics of web design, available web platforms such as WordPress and Squarespace, and / or basic app or game development. Special emphasis should be focused on theoretical concerns such as the aesthetics of design or the functionality of interfaces and interactive content, equipping students with timeless knowledge that can be applied in a variety of circumstances, rather than simply training students in a specific program or programs.

Successful candidates should also be able to clearly express how their Christian faith enriches, guides, and undergirds their understanding of the creation of cinema and art.

Additional Information

Houston Baptist University is an independent, private Christian liberal arts institution with a diverse student body. It has access to all the cultural advantages of one of the largest metropolitan centers in the country. For more information about the University and the College of Arts and Humanities, visit

The University is in the process of implementing its Ten Pillars vision ( and anticipates significant growth in student enrollment and university programs. The successful candidate will also be able to articulate a vision for the role of his or her discipline at HBU that is supportive of the Ten Pillars vision statement.

Direct questions about this position to Joshua Sikora, director of the Cinema & New Media Arts program (

Houston Baptist University is committed to maintaining a teaching faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith. The Preamble to the By-Laws of the University sets forth a statement of belief which each University employee is expected to support and personify. Your submittal of an application for employment indicates your acceptance and affirmation of these statements.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements of personnel.


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