Assistant Professor of Practice in Documentary Expression


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Southern Documentary Project (10000990)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Position Description

The Southern Documentary Project ( is looking for two Assistant Professors of Practice in Documentary Expression. SouthDocs is an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture ( whose mission is to tell stories from the U.S. South, increase civic and cultural engagement, and train the next generation of storytellers enrolled in the Center’s academic programs. In addition to teaching and mentoring students, this person will actively contribute to the Center’s mission through creating original and collaborative work. This permanent nine-month, non-tenure track, academic position includes a 2+2 teaching load with a clear path for advancement and promotion.


  • 2+2 teaching load with advising responsibilities
  • Work directly with students in the classroom and in the field. See examples of student work at 
  • Create original documentary projects (individually and collaboratively) utilizing photography, audio, oral history, video, or mixed media. See examples of our work at
  • Ensure accountability for and ethical representation of people and places you choose to document.
  • Design and present technical and theory-based workshops or classes and provide constructive feedback related to documentary storytelling and related media.
  • Engage community partners and build long-term relationships through impact-driven storytelling and programs. See for one example of students collaborating with community partners to tell a story.
  • Lead and inspire conversations on campus and in the community with your work through exhibitions, panel discussions, film screenings etc.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master of Fine Arts degree related to visual or audio storytelling, documentary studies, or other relevant fields.
  • Teaching or instructional experience in lens-based media, audio production, documentary studies, or multimedia storytelling.
  • Ability to identify, research, and produce stories as a “one-person crew.”
  • Ability to work as a team member responsible for multiple duties for collaborative projects.


Substitution Statement:
Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Non-Tenure Track

Application Procedures

Interested candidates should apply online at The online application should include: 1) curriculum vitae 2) cover letter indicating documentary and teaching experience and interest 3) samples of creative work including at least one completed project that identifies your role, and 4) contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2024 and continue until the position is filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established.

About The Center for the Study of Southern Culture

Founded in 1977, the CSSC defines its mission as investigating, documenting, interpreting, and teaching about the U.S. South through academic inquiry and publications, documentary studies of film, photography, and oral history, and public outreach programs. The cross- disciplinary Southern Studies faculty and the undergraduate and graduate degree programs (MA and MFA) are the core of the Center’s work. Its curricula incorporate traditional disciplines of the arts, humanities, and social sciences to form an interdisciplinary framework for studying the South. The Center promotes research on the region’s varied cultures by supporting the work of its faculty, staff, students, alumni, and visiting scholars. For more information:

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Mississippi provides a rich environment for research opportunities in the humanities. The university is located in Oxford, which boasts a vibrant literary, musical, and arts-focused community and has been consistently ranked as one of the best college towns in the U.S. (In 2021, ESPN named Oxford the single best college town in America.)


Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi is the state's flagship university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The Chronicle of Higher Education lists UM as one of the best colleges to work for in the U.S. The university has an R-1 Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification and a student body of approximately 24,000 students, including 24% students of color and 4% international students from over 80 countries.


Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.


With these hires, SouthDocs hopes to deepen our commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. As an institution with a marked history of struggle with racial diversity, the University of Mississippi today realizes its unique obligation to educate and lead the state with an unquestionable and unwavering commitment toward the goal of embracing all aspects of diversity (including race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religious choice, ethnicity, economic status, age, and geographic affiliation.)

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi