June 12, 2017
A cross-college collaboration has created an opportunity to elevate the Cinema Studies Program to a full department.
Thanks to a strong partnership among the School of Journalism and Communication, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, the University of Oregon has been able to offer this important and popular curriculum since 2010. As the program has grown and as it works towards adding a minor to its successful undergraduate degree program, it is now time to formalize it as the Department of Cinema Studies.
Three tenure-track faculty members from the SOJC and four tenured faculty members from CAS will become full-time faculty members in the Department of Cinema Studies as of September 16. CAS will be the academic home for the new department. Michael Aronson, the current program director, will become the new department head.
Not only will departmentalization facilitate essential academic work, such as allowing cinema studies to manage its own course schedule and conduct personnel reviews, it will give the department a clearer and more cohesive identity, establish a core faculty, and empower them to create a vision for cinema studies at the UO.
The University Senate has approved this change, which came about following an in-depth internal review that allowed for input from critical stakeholders.
With the shift from an interunit structure, there has been some inevitable shifting in faculty lines within the SOJC. These positions will become vacancies in that school, and searches for new faculty members will begin in the near future, following a hiring plan submitted by Juan-Carlos Molleda, dean of the SOJC.
This is a pivotal moment for the new Department of Cinema Studies, and I hope you all will join me in wishing everyone involved the best as they move forward.
Provost and Senior Vice President