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Film Instructor - Sessional

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Consideration of applications will begin June 1 and continue until the position is filled.

Provide a cover letter that addresses the requirements of the position and a resume/CV that outlines relevant experience and lists/links to created work.

Candidates should also submit astatement of teaching philosophy specific to the discipline.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Film Instructor - Sessional
Faculty/Instructor Profile
Red Deer Polytechnic’s (RDP) School of Arts & Culture seeks to fill one full-time sessional position in Film Production for the academic year 2023-2024. The term of appointment will be end-of-August 2023 to April/May 2024, with possibility of renewal the following year.
Specifically, we seek candidates who can enhance the diversity of our team, enrich the learning experience of our students, and contribute to the creative atmosphere of our community. The ideal candidate will carry on our tradition of excellence in film and motion picture instruction and demonstrate a proficiency in and sensitivity to material choices, methods, techniques, technologies, and tools in their area of expertise.

RDP currently offers an applied bachelor’s degree in Film, Theatre, and Live Entertainment (FTLE), of which the Film Production major is the active component. Our facilities and equipment are outstanding, and include a scene shop, on-site studios, editing suites, screening facilities, and access to a wide range of filming locations across Central Alberta. Graduates have matured as artists and technicians, but are also grounded in enterprise, business, and other industry considerations.

Our students and graduates have been actively employed in industry, in part because the program features a “flex year” in the final year of study. Students may work full- or part-time in industry or remain on campus to produce their own films in a final portfolio year, with access to faculty mentorship.

To be considered for employment, candidates will need to be able to teach courses across the program in Film Production and Cinematography, with the ability to teach either Digital Photography or Creative Think Tank as an asset.

Candidates also able to teach play analysis, playmaking, and theatre history are encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in candidates with the potential to contribute to program development, including the re-development of theatre production courses.

Faculty at Red Deer Polytechnic:

★ Are passionate about teaching, learning, and student success.
★ Pursue professional learning to continually enhance their practice and their discipline.
★ Are recognized for their contributions to both local and global communities.
Role Description
As Red Deer Polytechnic’s future takes shape, growing our breadth of credentials (to include our own degrees) and programs, our institution has high expectations of our amazing faculty. But we do recognize that new hires may not have all the skills and experiences when applying. We want you to know that there is some flexibility to develop your talents over time. The initial focus for new faculty will be on teaching and student success with lots of opportunity for professional development, growth, and collaboration. Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) is committed to all faculty acquiring the identified Key Attributes over time.
The faculty member combines discipline expertise with evidence-based teaching to facilitate effective and varied learning experiences.
Student Success
The faculty member encourages student success in an engaging, supportive environment by being responsive to student needs and ideas.
Professional Development
The faculty member engages in the continuous pursuit of knowledge to maintain currency in their discipline and their teaching practice.

Research, Scholarly and Creative Pursuits
The faculty member has the opportunity to pursue impactful scholarly and creative activities and disseminates knowledge that advances the discipline, enhances the reputation of Red Deer Polytechnic, and improves communities.

Community Contributions
The faculty member values engagement, contributing knowledge and their own expertise to the betterment of Red Deer Polytechnic and local communities, as well as discipline-based, national, and global communities.

For More Information: Faculty Profile
Position Responsibilities
Instruction in RDP’s Film Production major includes direct instruction (lecture and demonstration) and supervised practice (studio). The successful candidate(s) will teach six (6) studio courses or a combination of studio courses and lectures up to 36 credit hours within the contract period.

Instructors work with the relevant “curriculum elements” sheet to ensure that required components are consistent with institutional standards and expectations, including but not limited to course learning outcomes. With that in mind, they:

  • generate a syllabus for each course taught,
  • design assessments and evaluate student work,
  • prepare and deliver instructional content,
  • participate in department, area, and school councils, and
  • contribute meaningful service, including active participation in departmental initiatives and activities.

Faculty have access to equipment and facilities outside of instructional time, and are encouraged to continue their artistic practice. More details will be shared with interviewed candidates.
Required Qualifications
  • Graduate degree in Film Production or equivalent in education and experience.
  • Relevant experience in a post-secondary context.
  • Position requires residency in or regular commute to Red Deer.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Three (3) or more years’ full-time equivalent instructional experience at one (1) or more post-secondary institutions.

Salary or Hourly? Salary
Salary Commensurate with education and experience
Benefits and Compensation Information
Red Deer Polytechnic offers a comprehensive benefits package including Alberta Blue Cross extended health and dental plans, and health spending account. There is a tuition waiver for RDP credit courses for you as well as your immediate family members, as well as opportunities for professional development funding. The Local Authorities Pension Plan is also offered as an option to those who have served a waiting period. There is paid time off due to Institution closures between Christmas and New Year general holidays. This position also offers an additional 8% of the regular salary in lieu of vacation.
About Red Deer Polytechnic
Focused on advancing the economic and social priorities of Alberta, Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) provides more than 80 industry-relevant programs within a breadth of credentials to approximately 6,300 credit and apprenticeship students and 3,400+ learners with Extended Education programming. With modern teaching and learning spaces, and state-of-the-art research and innovation centres in advanced manufacturing and energy innovation, the Polytechnic provides applied research opportunities, leadership in the social, economic, and cultural development of Alberta, and myriad lifelong learning opportunities.

Red Deer Polytechnic is guided by the foundational statements in our 2022-2027 Strategic Transformation Plan:

Our purpose is simple: To inspire, educate, and mentor our community of learners. We collaborate to provide diverse experiential learning opportunities for our highly skilled learners. We empower innovators and creators for impact. Our growth will be realized through quality of life and the reciprocal benefits for our stakeholders.

Our vision is to be a resourceful polytechnic, unbound by tradition. We are bold. We are resilient. We are more than applied. We will lead the transformation of post-secondary education by becoming more innovative, entrepreneurial, and sustainable with people at our core. Red Deer Polytechnic must be the best choice for our learners, our clients, our employees, and our communities, resulting in growth and readiness for the future.
Red Deer Polytechnic’s main campus is located on Treaty 7, Treaty 6 and Métis ancestral lands. This is where we will strive to honour and transform our relationships with one another.

Whatever brings you to Red Deer Polytechnic, we are glad you are here. And we look forward to having you as a valued member of our polytechnic community.
Posting Detail Information

Competition Number 2023-F-045
Faculty Employment Type Sessional
Number of Vacancies
Desired Start Date 08/16/2023
Position End Date (if term-certain) 04/30/2024
Hours of Work
Open Date 05/10/2023
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Note to Applicant
To fulfill Red Deer Polytechnic’s mission to enrich the intellectual, economic, cultural, and social development of Central Alberta, people representing diverse perspectives and experiences are required. We welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous persons, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, persons with any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Red Deer Polytechnic will provide job applicants with accommodations in accordance with the Alberta Human Rights Code. To request an accommodation, please contact

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Consideration of applications will begin June 1 and continue until the position is filled.

Provide a cover letter that addresses the requirements of the position and a resume/CV that outlines relevant experience and lists/links to created work.

Candidates should also submit astatement of teaching philosophy specific to the discipline.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents