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Assistant Professor in Feminist Film/Media – South Asia Focus

Application Window

Open date: September 28, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Dec 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Sep 28, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Literature within the School of Arts & Humanities at the University of California, San Diego ( is committed to excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body and seeks candidates for an Assistant Professor in Feminist Film/Media – South Asia Focus.

The Department of Literature offers film and media studies courses in Asian cinemas that regularly attract large enrollments (200+). We therefore seek an experienced teacher familiar with the challenges of offering large-enrollment courses to non-major students. The candidates are expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses on cultural productions from South Asia—a linguistically and culturally diverse region whose film and media industries have historically enriched global cinema, and which has become a leading contributor to our contemporary “streaming” screen cultures. Candidates are also expected to offer interdisciplinary courses in UCSD’s multidivisional programs (Critical Gender Studies, South Asian Studies, Film Studies, Third World Studies), strengthen and diversify UCSD’s curricula, contribute to cross-divisional projects such as the South Asia Initiative, and address a departmental need for an expert in this area. In particular, South-Asia focused courses will contribute to the South Asian Studies Minor. We seek a colleague whose research is comparative in its approach and centers not only the study of popular regional film markets (e.g. “Bollywood,” “Lollywood”), but also marginalized film movements and transnational feminist responses to the historical and socio-political pressures of mainstream media industries.

Salary is based on the University of California salary scales.

Authorization to work in the US must be provided at the start of the appointment (Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1985).

Applicants are asked to submit applications using UCSD’s online Recruit web page:


Basic qualifications (Required at Time of Application)

The candidate must be ABD in film and media studies or related fields at the time of application

Additional qualifications (Required at Time of Start)

• The candidate must have a PhD degree in film and media studies or related fields by the time of the appointment.

Preferred qualifications

Strong preferences for this position include, but are not limited to, demonstrated interdisciplinary expertise and contributions to the fields of critical gender studies, anti-caste studies, Dalit Studies, Muslim Studies, transnational feminist studies, critical race studies, decolonization theory, and ecocriticism.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - A cover letter that details the direction of their current research and teaching objectives (include job ad code “176” and the acronym showing where you found the ad at the top of your cover letter with personal statement).

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Two sample syllabi with student evaluations

  • One writing sample of 25-30 pages - Upload in .doc or .pdf format within 10 megabytes.

  • A personal diversity statement - Applicants should include a personal statement summarizing their contributions to diversity and leadership. Contribution to diversity statements could include an attention to diverse learning needs, engaging learning fields of diverse communities, pedagogical methods that address learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds, an awareness of inequities in education and research, a track record of specific activities that address and mitigate inequities, follow-up of positive impact on under-represented students, and a specific plan of activities and follow-up at UCSD. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

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Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

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Job location

La Jolla, CA