Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Position ID:Chapman University-Dodge College of Film and Media Arts-APSW [#15731]
Position Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of Screenwriting
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Orange, California 92866, United States [map]
Subject Area: Writing Studies / Screenwriting
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/12/13, finished 2020/08/16, listed until 2020/02/13)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications is accepted. ***

General Information

Chapman University and Dodge College of Film and Media Arts seek applications for a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position in Screenwriting in its nationally recognized Dodge College of Film and Media Arts beginning August 2020. 

Chapman University is a nationally ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The university achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities. Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty. Dodge College is ranked #7 in the nation, among film schools by The Hollywood Reporter. More information about the university and Dodge College is available at

Dodge College offers both BFA and MFA degrees in screenwriting. The screenwriting program is housed within the Film Division, and the screenwriting curriculum also supports the development of material for films produced by film production students; a focus on storytelling binds together the many programs in Dodge College.

The curriculum’s aim is to help students develop their individual creative voices as they gain a working knowledge of the many and challenging elements of the screenplay form. Students will learn to write in a variety of formats, including short film, feature film and episodic television.


The successful candidate will have teaching experience, a degree in screenwriting or a related area (terminal degree preferred), and/or significant professional experience as a screenwriter.  The successful candidate will be committed to teaching first as well as to continuing his or her own professional work. 


Faculty duties include teaching both theory and practice in introductory and advanced courses, academic advising, program development and service to the school and university.  The teaching load is 18 to 21 credits per academic year, in addition to continued professional work and/or research and scholarship.

Contact Information

Qualified applicants are required to submit a Chapman University faculty application, cover letter, curriculum vitae,  three letters of professional recommendation online, and complete the data link 

Please direct any inquiries about the position to Paul Wolansky, Search Chair at Use "Screenwriting Faculty Position" as the email subject line.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate.

Download a copy of the Chapman Faculty Application for Employment here.

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

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