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Visiting Documentary Filmmaker
The Media Arts Department, in conjunction with the Center for Documentary Production and Study at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA, is currently seeking candidates for a 15-week residency in documentary filmmaking for the spring semester 2016. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching one documentary production class and be an active member of the university community, including participating in activities such as screenings, lectures, jurying student competition work, and engaging with students and faculty.
While in residence, the visiting documentary filmmaker is expected to set appropriate goals in the development of her/his own documentary project(s) with support from the Media Arts Department and Academic Media Center. Support includes access to production and post-production equipment, administrative staff, student assistance, screening facilities, and access to our fully equipped production studios.
The successful candidate will be housed on campus in the Snee-Reinhardt House for the Media Arts. This three-story facility includes a spacious private studio apartment with kitchen on the upper level, a multipurpose work area on the main floor, and a high-definition 20-seat screening facility on the lower level. Meals and transportation during the residency are the responsibility of the candidate. A valid driver’s license is strongly recommended. There are Zipcar rentals available on campus. The University is located in a scenic western suburban neighborhood and a 25-minute drive from downtown Pittsburgh.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Documentary film production experience required.
  • Terminal degree preferred.
  • Teaching experience preferred.
  • Inspiring, energetic, and experienced documentarian who
    • understands the challenges of production within an educational environment;
    • is passionate about engaging students in documentary production and sharing her/his documentary expertise with students; and
    • possesses the drive and vision to see her/his 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. Interviews with finalists will be conducted in September 2015.


To apply, please submit the following materials to


- Letter of application

- Curriculum Vitae

- Names and contact information of three references

- Filmography and links to online samples of work (no physical media will be reviewed)


Internal Application Deadline:  N/A
External Application Deadline:  August 1, 2015.  No late applications will be accepted.
Starting Date:  January 8 ,2015 (Spring Semester)