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Clinical Assistant Professor, Production

The New American Film School

Job description:

The Sidney Poitier New American Film School at Arizona State University seeks a Clinical Assistant Professor, Production who is committed to a substantial amount of teaching both project/production-based courses and new courses in portfolio development and review that are required in our new BFA degree program. This full-time clinical assistant professor position begins August 2021 and is a one-year, renewable appointment.

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 is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. The Herberger Institute comprises the schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About The Sidney Poitier New American Film School

TheNew American Film School is dedicated to educating the next generation of cinematic storytellers, digital media artists, and innovators of the imagination. With a foundation in ethical and collaborative creative practices, hands-on instruction with industry standard technology, and focused pre-professional training and career planning, we aim to be the most inclusive, most affordable, and most innovative film and media production program in the country. Our award-winning faculty combines years of industry success with a passionate commitment to teaching and student success, and our graduates jump-start their careers through engagement with Film Spark, our Los Angeles-based industry relations hub. In The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, each student's unique creative vision and career aspirations are brought to life, giving voice to communities, stories and ideas that can be shared and treasured on screens in cinemas, in our homes, or in the palms of our hands. For more information on The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, visit film.asu.edu. 

Required qualifications: 

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in film/media production or closely related field.
  • Evidence of successful teaching and mentoring of diverse student populations and/or engagement with programs, initiatives, or professional development associated with equity, diversity, and inclusion in the spirit of ASU’s mission.
  • Minimum of 5 (five) years professional film/media making experience in multiple areas of production, including but not limited to: fictional and/or documentary writing; producing; directing; short-form media making; cinematography; grip/lighting; sound recording; editing; and post-production.
  • Minimum of 2 (two) years of teaching experience at the post-secondary level, including teaching courses in two or more of the following areas: screenwriting; project development; short film/media production; film/media making technology; media-based storytelling.
Desired qualifications: 

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience teaching outcome and/or production-based courses in a partially or fully online/remote learning environment.
  • Professional and/or teaching experience specifically in the areas of: production management, project management, production coordination, and physical production.
  • Experience helping students ideate, develop, and manage projects in multiple forms of media-making (narrative, music video, documentary, commercial/promotional), including cross-disciplinary work.
  • Experience mentoring individual students on personal projects and/or for the purposes of skills acquisition and professional development.
  • Experience producing client-based work.
  • Proficiency and/or certification with common film and media making software platforms, including: Final Draft, Adobe Creative Suite, Movie Maker Budgeting and Scheduling, Avid Media Composer, Avid ProTools, etc.
  • Experience with digital portfolios, website design, digital distribution, or creating for social media platforms.
Instruction to apply: 

Instruction to apply:

Please submit the four following items: (1) a letter of interest, (2) up to two pages on your approach to, and evidence of, diversity and inclusion through creative work/research, teaching, and/or service, (3) a sample syllabus for a semester-long production-based course in short filmmaking; (4) a curriculum vitae with contact information of three references.

All applications must be submitted electronically via apply.interfolio.com/82491

Application deadline: 

Application deadline:

The application deadline is February 19, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.



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 receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. (See https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.)

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