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Hanson FilmTV Institute Seeks New Director

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

The Hanson FilmTV Institute at the University of Arizona seeks a new leader with experience and vision to guide it in a direction that positively impacts student learning and experience, develops the Institute’s cultural significance, and advances the Institute’s regional, national, and international visibility. The Institute serves University of Arizona Film and Television students of all backgrounds, helping them to understand the range of opportunities available within the film and television industries and assisting them in achieving their career goals. In the 17 years since its founding with a $7M endowment gift, the Institute has produced educational programs, public events, workshops, seminars, and panels, including assistant director training seminars; screenwriting and television script writing seminars; creative development workshops; pitching workshops; documentary making workshops; and agent and film financing panels. We invite candidates to address the foundational elements of the Institute, and from there, offers an outline their vision for the future of the Institute. In application materials, candidates should address approaches to the Institute’s mission-critical functions:

  • Build and sustain a two-way bridge between the University of Arizona’s School of Theatre, Film and Television and the broad landscape of film and television industries, inviting industry professionals to the Institute to teach and mentor students while offering entrée for students to experience robust industry opportunities in the form of internships and other career development opportunities.

  • Continue to play a strong role in interacting with industry professionals – alumni and otherwise – by producing workshops, seminars, specialized field trips and other events that benefit students in both our BA and BFA programs.

  • Part of TFTV’s identity and strength comes from Hanson’s location at the University of Arizona in the borderlands of a state with one of the largest Indigenous populations in the United States. This cultural and geographic locale forms part of Hanson FilmTV’s identity as an important nexus where diverse voices of industry professionals and academics work with diverse emerging artists and scholars.

Review of applications will begin mid-August and will continue until position is filled. Start date: January 3, 2022. For the full description and how to apply, visit

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