Paul Zinder received his MFA in Film from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University in 1996.  He has taught film and media production, studies, and screenwriting at Syracuse University, Towson University, the University of Maryland (Baltimore County), New School University (New York City – online), and Temple University (Rome).

Paul taught in Italy for 11 years as Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media and Chair of the Department of Communication and English at The American University of Rome, where he was given the AUR Award of Excellence “for teaching effectiveness and leadership in the formation of students” (2009/2010).

Today, he is Senior Lecturer of Film Production at the University of Gloucestershire, where he was nominated at the Student Led Teaching Awards for Most Inspiring Lecturer (2014 and 2015) and for a Staff Excellence Award for “promoting enterprise, employability, and wider economic, social and cultural benefit for the community” (2013).  He teaches modules for all three year groups, including Aesthetics, Cult Film and Television, Documentary, Narrative, Production I, Production II, and Scriptwriting.