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Assistant/Associate/Professor - Television Radio Film Law

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 072814
Job Title Assistant/Associate/Professor - Television Radio Film Law
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate w/ Experience
FLSA Status Exempt
Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured faculty position in the Television Radio Film Department to start August 21, 2017. Rank is negotiable and dependent on qualifications, including university teaching experience and the depth of an active scholarly agenda. The successful candidate will primarily teach law for the entertainment industries: television, radio, film, music, online and emerging sound and visual media fields.

The ideal candidate will have significant, national-level professional experience and/or university-level teaching experience at a peer institution.

Established in 1934, the Television-Radio-Film program is regarded as one of the best of its kind in the nation. The department’s 16 full-time faculty members, complemented by a highly specialized adjunct force, prepare creative and business leaders in the television-radio-film and interactive media industries by introducing students to practices and systems of production, distribution and exhibition and their economic, political and social impact on our world.

The Television-Radio-Film Department is the largest and most versatile field of study in the Newhouse School, serving 500 undergraduates and 40 Master’s students. The major consists of a mix of core requirements and an extensive array of elective coursework, which empowers students to customize their programs of study in line with their unique learning objectives. The vast majority of majors also participate in extended campus opportunities, including study abroad—over 100 programs in 60 countries— and industry immersion in our New York and Los Angeles professional study centers. Students in the program continue to earn national merits with their creative work in major film festivals, Student Emmys and Telly awards.

Alumni have gone on to pursue a wide variety of careers that include work as major market (mainly New York and Los Angeles) producers; directors; writers; designers; editors; television, radio, film and new media executives; media educators; agents; and attorneys. They are found in numerous leadership positions and often return to campus to share their knowledge.

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication has an international reputation for excellence and is home to approximately 1,900 undergraduate and 250 graduate students. The School is housed in a 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex that includes state-of-the-art classrooms, a 300-seat auditorium, a research center, an executive education wing, a café and many spaces for formal and informal meetings and collaboration among students, faculty and staff. An $18 million renovation of Newhouse 2 was completed in Fall 2014 and includes a new Studio and Innovation Center. This provides the school with a cutting-edge media facility that gives students the best possible preparation for careers in the communications industry.

Beyond this, our school continues its tradition of attracting the best and brightest. This year’s incoming freshmen earned an average 3.9 GPA and ranked in the top 10% of their graduating classes.

To learn more about the school, our distinguished faculty, and our program, please visit our websites at,


Candidates must have a either a JD or Ph.D. in communications or a related field. Regardless of background, candidates will demonstrate excellent teaching skills, and a special ability to relate to and reach students with little to no background in law.

Job Specific Qualifications

To teach law for the entertainment industries covering topics of free speech, regulation, libel, privacy, copyright, indecency, safety/violence, international regulation, advertising, and production contracts. Instruction also emphasizes teamwork, negotiation, and business memo writing. Though the primary responsibility of this faculty position is to teach law, the ideal candidate should demonstrate the ability to teach at least one additional subject matter related to entertainment media practices.

The successful candidate is expected to pursue scholarly research or creative
activity that will position them as a well-known expert in the field and bring national
visibility to the School.

The position expects a variety of service duties, including: academic and career advising of undergraduate and graduate students; school and university committee service; and occasional community engagement. Being a good team player for the good of the institution is a must.

Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 10/27/2016
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Consideration 11/15/2016
Job Category Faculty
Message to Applicants

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
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  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
  4. Teaching Philosophy
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