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Assistant Professional Practice Professor/Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism Director

Job Summary

Assistant Professional Practice Professor/

Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism Director


Job Description

The Missouri School of Journalism seeks a director for its documentary journalism center. The ideal candidate will have at least ten years of experience in documentary-related or journalism-related work. This 12-month faculty member will lead the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism and the school’s hands-on teaching approach to creating documentary content. Candidates must have a track record of successful administrative experience and excel at storytelling and the tools necessary to create long-form, visual documentary content. The successful candidate must be able to manage the day-to-day operations of the center, including the following duties:

Maintaining and improving a curriculum of documentary courses
Supervising other faculty members in the center
Coordinating the selection and facilitation of visiting artists to the center
Managing a budget and all purchases for the center
Teaching the center’s capstone and other courses, including courses that may involve teaching aspects of camera work, field audio and video/audio editing.
Supervising a laboratory for the production of documentary journalism content and maintaining an inventory of equipment for the center.
Operating film company Method M Films and maintaining the web pages and
Managing the center’s annual pitch forum, Stronger Than Fiction Film Festival and Based on a True Story (BOATS) conference.
Supervising numerous documentary screenings for the students, school and community each year
Serving as advisor to the MU Documentary Club
Managing the relationships of the center with Film Studies, Digital Storytelling and other programs within MU’s School of Visual Studies, as well as with the MU Honors College
Identifying ways to innovate with the other School of Journalism newsrooms and agencies.
Managing the relationships and sponsorships with important film festivals and other documentary-related organizations including—but not limited to—the True/False Film Fest, Ragtag Cinema, the Sundance Institute, the Museum of the Moving Image, Field of Vision, the International Documentary Association, Cinema Eye Honors, the St. Louis International Film Festival, Kartemquin Films, Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival
Managing the submission of student capstone films to appropriate film festivals and contests; and managing licensing of student documentaries for public exhibition


Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least ten years of experience in the documentary or journalism field. The committee also will be considering administrative and technical production experience, and is interested in those candidates with a master's degree.

Application Materials

Please visit to access the online application system. Reference job ID 38311.  Applications must include an academic CV or professional resume, links to recent creative or journalistic work by the candidate, references in the field and a cover letter that must also include an analysis of the current documentary landscape. Applicants also must provide a one-page diversity statement that specifically addresses how you would engage with a diverse student population with regards to teaching, research, mentoring, and advising.

Application Deadline

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Hiring is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021 with an immediate start date.


Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

The University of Missouri is an equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer, and is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.


Organization: University of Missouri
Location: Columbia MO US
Date Posted: September 13, 2021
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