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Clinical Assistant Professor for Film Sound Design

School of Film, Dance and Theatre

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor of Sound for Film position beginning summer 2019.

The Clinical Assistant Professor of Sound for Film will be responsible for teaching, educating, mentoring and preparing students while also advancing the mission of the film program within the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. The successful candidate will be joining a faculty of veteran industry professionals in delivering a curriculum which places emphasis on narrative filmmaking, including feature films, television, and/or documentary; pre-professional development; practical application of skills and technology through hands-on production experiences; and ethical film and mediamaking practices. They will also be expected to facilitate student success through active mentorship and innovative new learning experiences that prioritize access, inclusion, diversity and excellence. The successful candidate is expected to teach undergraduate students; regularly offer courses, among others, in sound design, sound recording, and post-production, and should the successful candidate be so qualified, production; collaborate with ASU colleagues on initiatives central to the growth of the film program; and serve the mission of community engagement central to the School of Film, Dance and Theatre and ASU. We are in the process of revising our curriculum, diversifying our faculty, and asking ourselves what defines a new American film and media program as part of the New American University.

About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the of the New American University philosophy. With nearly 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU’s Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About the School of Film, Dance and Theatre

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre, with its emphasis on new work and socially engaged practice, is a collaborative community of artists, scholars, students, faculty and staff who are shaping the future of film, dance, and theatre through inventive curricula and innovative programming. At the center of our philosophy are the four “Cs”: creativity, community, collaboration, and collegiality. We build on these core values in our classrooms and studios, research endeavors, public programming and community engagement. With over 450 film majors, over 250 undergraduate theatre majors, 100 undergraduate dance majors and over 50 MA, MFA and PhD students, the School of Film, Dance and Theatre is a dynamic teaching, learning and discovery environment in which production and curriculum are mutually supportive. Each year we present an extensive season of productions that push the boundaries of contemporary theatre and dance and an annual student film festival that highlights the best emerging talent in digital film and media production. Our programming features hundreds of live events and presentation of student films; these works engage over 20,000 community members in the metro Phoenix area. School and Institute initiatives include the Hollywood Invades Tempe series connecting students with top filmmakers, and Performance in the Borderlands lecture series, workshops, performances, and public discussions. Cross Institute initiatives include the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship, including speakers, workshops and symposium; the Urban Sol collaboration of Valley area DJs, MCs, graffiti artists and dancers; and ArtsWorks, an initiative that unites artists and scholars with community leaders in research and programs focused on children and the arts.

For more information about the school of Film, Dance, and Theatre please visit filmdancetheatre.asu.edu/.

Required qualifications: 

Required Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Education and Media or a related field and 3 + years professional experience in sound for Film/TV work; 

Record of professional Sound Design experience including audio recording, Foley, ADR, mixing and mastering for music and post-production with a strong track record of using AVID Pro Tools;

Record of active engagement with industry and professional organizations, both nationally and internationally; 

Working knowledge of professional audio equipment needed for film and media post-production, including microphones, multi-channel mixers, and other industry standard equipment; including existing and emerging technologies related to digital workflows and postproduction manipulation of audio;

Experience educating students, working with diverse populations, and promoting equity.

Desired qualifications: 

Desired Qualifications:

AVID Pro Tools Certified Instructor to be part of the AVID Learning Partner program (ALP) OR vast experience in using AVID Pro Tools with preparedness to become an AVID Pro Tools Certified Instructor;

Knowledge of general film development, pre-production, production and post-production;

Record of teaching in the field of Sound Design/Audio Engineering with a focus on all aspects of industry standard and modern Sound Design, including technology/electronic media and innovative teaching approaches in the classroom;

Broad knowledge of film/media history and appreciation for the cultural value and social impact of film, television and new media;

Broad experience in aspects of film and television production other than sound recording or sound design.

Instruction to apply: 

Instructions to Apply:

All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/58441. Please submit a letter of interest, a small portfolio of representative work, curriculum vita and contact information of (3) references.

Application deadline: 

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is February 18, 2019; if not filled, reviews will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.


ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. See ASU's complete non-discrimination statement at https://asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html. See ASU’s Title IX policy at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.