ARTP Department of Television, Film and Media Studies

College of Arts and Letters
Department of Television, Film and Media Studies
Date Approved: November 2018

 

Confidentiality of Personnel Deliberations

Composition of Departmental Personnel Committees (Probationary and Temporary Appointment, Retention, Tenure, and Promotion, and Evaluation of Temporary, Probationary and Tenured Faculty)

Composition of Departmental Personnel Committees

The department annually elects 4 personnel committees.

The probationary and tenured faculty members of the department or equivalent unit shall elect a peer review committee(s) of tenured faculty members. When there are insufficient eligible members to serve on the peer committee, the department shall elect members from a related academic discipline(s).

(The Committees, as a whole, must take responsibility for the following tasks: Probationary Appointment; Temporary Appointment; Retention, Tenure and Promotion; Range Elevation; Evaluation of Temporary Faculty; Evaluation of Probationary Faculty; Evaluation of Tenured Faculty (Post-Tenure review); Evaluation for Request to Emeritus status; and Collaboration on the Development of Individual Professional Plans. It is required that each unit indicate below which Committee is responsible for each of these tasks.)

Committee Titles and Responsibilities

Number of Members

(at least 3; all tenured full time)

(Indicate if must be (full) professor rank)

Number of Alternates

(1 or more; all tenured full-time)*

(Indicate if must be (full) professor rank)

Committee A

Review for appointment and promotion those faculty members at (or to be appointed at) the Associate Professor or Professor Rank and are technically eligible for retention, tenure and/or promotion or Emeritus status; Shall collaborate in the development of Individual Professional Plans.

3 Full Professors

1 Full Professor

Committee B

Review for appointment, retention, tenure and promotion those faculty members at (or to be appointed at) the Assistant Professor Rank or lower and are technically eligible for retention, tenure and/or promotion.

3 Associate or Full Professors

1 Associate or Full Professors

Part-time Review Committee

Consider all part-time faculty for Retention and Range Elevation

3 Associate or Full Professors 1 Associate or Full Professor

Faculty Search Committee

Elected on a search by search basis, advisory to the Chair and the Dean on temporary and probationary appointments

3 Associate or Full Professors (1 Probationary faculty may be elected)

1 Associate or Full Professor

Additional:

Each year the Department will decide by written or electronic ballot whether or not the Department Chair will be a voting member of Committee A and/or B and/or the Part-time Review Committee. This determination will be made prior to the selection of members of Committee A, B or the Part-time Review Committee.

Eligibility for Committee Service and Balloting

Additional:

  1. Committees A, B and the Part-time review Committee (PTRC) shall be elected in the Spring of each year and shall begin service the subsequent Fall semester through the following Spring semester. There shall be three separate elections for the committees: the election of Committee B must be completed and the results announced before the election of Committee A. The election of Committee A must be completed and results announced before the election of the Part-time review Committee.
  2. Department Personnel and Appointment Committees are elected in the Spring semester by paper or electronic ballot. Ballots shall contain the names of all eligible members of the Department who are in residence on campus any time during the tenure of the Committee. The Chair is eligible to serve if elected to the committee. If there are insufficient nominees from within the department, the Department's Faculty Affairs Committee will find eligible nominees from closely related disciplines.
  3. Faculty will not serve on both A and B in the same review cycle.
  4. It shall be the responsibility of the Department Chair to monitor the Calendar and call the first meeting. Subsequent deadlines shall be the responsibility of the Committee Chairs.
  5. It is the responsibility of the Department Chair to publish to the Department the deadlines for all written testimony.

Recruitment of Probationary Faculty

Appointment of Probationary Faculty

Personnel Action Files

Individualized Professional Plans

Eligibility for Tenure and Promotion

Area of Specialization Terminal Degree

Film/Video/Media Production

MFA

Screenwriting

MFA
Broadcast Journalism MFA or Ph.D.

Media Law

JD or Ph.D.

All others

Ph.D.

 

Evaluation of Permanent Instructional Faculty

Additional:

Category B: Activities considered appropriate as "scholarly and creative activities" for the discipline are:

  • Academic and scholarly contributions to the fields of television, film and broadcast media that are externally evaluated and published or formally accepted for publication such as research, critical essays and analyses, and theoretical speculations.
  • Media (film, video etc.) critiques/reviews, interviews (written, audio, video) performed by faculty member.
  • Innovative use of technology, textbooks, and original teaching or testing materials which are adopted for professional and/or instructional use in media departments outside the faculty member's department/division/school.
  • Inventions, designs and innovations in media that have been favorably evaluated by authorities outside the University.
  • Creation, exhibition, performance or publication in television, film and broadcast media. Producing, directing, editing films, and videos events in the mediated arts, including reduction of picture and/or sound for films and videos.
  • Film or video production including directing, producing, videography, cinematography or lighting and sound for television, film or video, production design , production management, media design for stage productions, post production editing. Any of these positions held either individually or collaboratively as in co-writer, co-producer, etc. Related electronic media including web design, interactive DVD or CD-ROM. Animation, traditional or computer, including life drawing studies, character design, layout, storyboards, background or character paintings, 3-D modeling, lighting, texture mapping and effects. Electronic graphic design. Design for film or video related print media.
  • Screenwriting including short or feature length script, fiction or non-fiction, treatments, step outlines, script development, rewriting assignments, doctoring or consulting on film/video projects.
  • Soundtracks, audio recordings, music production, CDs; performances on radio and/or televising as well as internet: hosting, writing, creating programming for video, CD, DVD and tape.
  • Broadcast or distribution of publication/distribution of significant work by media-either print or electronic.
  • Performances, presentations or exhibitions, curation, film festival organization or participation, broadcast credits, awards.
  • Teaching in which course materials are posted on the internet for instructional use.
  • Presentations before meetings of scholarly and professional media focused societies and presentations as an invited authority in the faculty member's field before scholarly and professional audiences.
  • Participation in activities of scholarly or professional societies beyond mere membership, such as elective office, fellowship status, committee membership receipt of special awards, organization of symposia and chairing conference sessions.
  • Receipt of fellowships or other subsidies for the pursuit of research or study, and significant commissions in the creative arts.
  • Holding significant special appointments such as visiting professorships lectureships or consulting assignments in other academic, scholarly professional or government institutions, and editing of scholarly or professional publications.
  • Professional practices that utilizes the faculty member's academic expertise in a manner that results in an advancement of the field.
  • Receipt of grants or contracts employing faculty member's skills and reputation in the field.

1) Department recommendation shall include an evaluation of publications and other professional activities. The recommendation may include, but is not limited to, the following: merit of the work, the candidate's program of research/creative activity; the nature and scope of professional activities.
2) A department recommendation shall include evaluation of University, community and related service.

Committee Procedures

Review of Faculty Holding Joint Appointments and of Faculty Active in Interdisciplinary Programs

Additional:

To work in consultation with the Chair, a Search Committee will be constituted of no less than 4 associate and/or full professors (including 1 alternate) from the TVF faculty, elected by electronic ballot to consider a joint appointment.

Student Consultation in Academic Personnel Processes

Oral Testimony

Role of Department/Division/School Chair or Director

Appointment of Temporary Faculty

Evaluation of Temporary Faculty

Additional:

Currency in the field will consist of the faculty member's terminal degree, recent courses to augment this degree, and may include evidence or research and publication. Additionally, professional activity and participation in professional organizations may be considered.

Consideration for Three-Year Appointments

Consideration for Range Elevation

Review of Department Personnel Procedures

 

REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF A TERMINAL DEGREE OTHER THAN A DOCTORATE

Department: TV Film and Media Studies

Area of Specialization: TV Film and New Media Production

Terminal Degree: MFA, Master of Fine Arts

1. Why is this degree more relevant for this position than a doctorate?

Advanced work in media practices is offered through the MFA degree which is considered a terminal degree in media production in the United States. The Ph.D. in Media Studies (film, television, new media) provides focus on the history, theoretical underpinnings and critical analysis of media. The MFA provides focus on the production elements that make up the art form.

2. What is the availability of a doctorate in this field?

None

3. Does this degree provide a faculty member with the necessary background to do research, scholarly, or creative work in the University?

Yes, particularly creative work.

4.  Is there a requirement of the specialized accrediting agency related to terminal degrees of faculty in the department? If so, what is that requirement?

No

5.  What are the educational requirements for similar positions at comparable campuses? Please identify the campus and provide a copy of their relevant policies.

The MFA is required to teach media production at the following Universities, which also grant an MFA in Media Production: UCLA, USC, NYU, AFI.

 

REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF A TERMINAL DEGREE OTHER THAN A DOCTORATE

Department: TV Film and Media Studies

Area of Specialization: TV Film and New Media Writing (Scriptwriting/Screenwriting)

Terminal Degree: MFA, Master of Fine Arts

1. Why is this degree more relevant for this position than a doctorate?

Advanced work in media writing is offered through the MFA degree which is considered a terminal degree in media writing in the United States. The Ph.D. in Media Studies (film, television, new media) provides focus on the history, theoretical underpinnings and critical analysis of media. The MFA provides focus on the creative elements of the art form.

2. What is the availability of a doctorate in this field?

None

3. Does this degree provide a faculty member with the necessary background to do research, scholarly, or creative work in the University?

Yes, particularly creative work.

4.  Is there a requirement of the specialized accrediting agency related to terminal degrees of faculty in the department? If so, what is that requirement?

No

5.  What are the educational requirements for similar positions at comparable campuses? Please identify the campus and provide a copy of their relevant policies.

The MFA is required to teach media writing at the following Universities, which also grant the MFA in Media Writing: UCLA, USC, NYU, AFI.

 

REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF A TERMINAL DEGREE OTHER THAN A DOCTORATE

Department: TV Film and Media Studies

Area of Specialization: Broadcast Journalism

Terminal Degree: MFA, Master of Fine Arts

1. Why is this degree more relevant for this position than a doctorate?

Advanced work in media writing is offered through the MFA degree which is considered a terminal degree in Broadcast Journalism production in the United States. The Ph.D. in Mass Media and Mass Communication (film, television, new media) provides focus on the history, theoretical underpinnings and critical analysis of media. The MFA provides focus on production elements of the art form.

2. What is the availability of a doctorate in this field?

None

3. Does this degree provide a faculty member with the necessary background to do research, scholarly, or creative work in the University?

Yes, particularly creative work.

4.  Is there a requirement of the specialized accrediting agency related to terminal degrees of faculty in the department? If so, what is that requirement?

No

5.  What are the educational requirements for similar positions at comparable campuses? Please identify the campus and provide a copy of their relevant policies.

The MFA is required to teach media production at the following Universities, which also grant the MFA in Media Production: UCLA, USC, NYU, Columbia University.

 

REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF A TERMINAL DEGREE OTHER THAN A DOCTORATE

Department: TV Film and Media Studies

Area of Specialization: Media Law

Terminal Degree: J.D. Juris Doctor

1. Why is this degree more relevant for this position than a doctorate?

Advanced work in media law is offered through the JD degree which is considered a terminal degree in legal studies in the United States. The Ph.D. in Media Studies (film, television, new media) provides focus on the history, theoretical underpinnings and critical analysis of media and its legal elements. The JD provides focus on the specifics of media study.

2. What is the availability of a doctorate in this field?

None

3. Does this degree provide a faculty member with the necessary background to do research, scholarly, or creative work in the University?

Yes, particularly research in terms of legal issues involving the 1st amendment, copyright and libel as they relate to the work of the Federal Communication Commission, Hollywood labor unions, and media advertising.

4.  Is there a requirement of the specialized accrediting agency related to terminal degrees of faculty in the department? If so, what is that requirement?

No

5.  What are the educational requirements for similar positions at comparable campuses? Please identify the campus and provide a copy of their relevant policies.

The J.D. is required to teach media law at the following Universities, which also grant the JD: UCLA, USC, NYU, Columbia University.