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The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks a leader to serve as the inaugural director of The Sidney Poitier New American Film School. The Director of The Sidney Poitier New American Film School will be a dynamic leader who can reimagine the future of film and media education for the largest, most egalitarian film school in the country. The inaugural director of The Sidney Poitier New American Film School will report to the Dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. This is a full-time, fiscal year appointment with the appointment type and academic rank based on experience, beginning spring 2021.
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.
ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts college 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 21st-century design and arts education through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase their capacity to make a difference in their communities.
For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.
The Sidney Poitier New American Film School—a top 25 film program—will operate in Arizona and Los Angeles, occupying a new state-of-the-art 118,000 square foot immersive media and film production facility in downtown Mesa, AZ (6 miles from ASU’s Tempe Campus) as well as the ASU owned and renovated Herald Examiner Building in downtown Los Angeles. The Sidney Poitier New American Film School will comprise a student body, staff and faculty who are representative of the diversity of a changing America and will embody ASU’s charter—measuring itself not by whom it excludes but by whom it includes and how they succeed. The Sidney Poitier New American Film School will prepare students for careers across the film, television and media industries—traditional feature films, television series, documentary, short form storytelling, gaming and immersive media. The school is committed to the full range of careers and roles throughout film and media, from writing, directing, and editing to digital cinematography, production design, sound recording and design, location scouting/management, music direction, costume design, visual effects, casting, talent management, sales, finance, marketing, distribution, and more.
The inaugural director will lead The Sidney Poitier New American Film School at ASU and will work collaboratively with the faculty, staff, and students and the Dean of the Herberger Institute to develop and realize the vision, mission, and purpose of the school.
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