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Assistant Professor - Film and Television Production and Post-Production

Apply now Job no: 533550
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time


Position Rank and Title: Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) / Film and Television Production and Post-Production

School/Department Name: Department of Film and Theatre / College of Humanities and the Arts

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. Anticipated hiring academic year annual salary range: $85,000-$90,000. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August, 2024

Application Deadline: February 1, 2024

Position Description

The Department of Film and Theatre at San José State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor in the area of film and television production and post-production with strong technical knowledge. Skills should include some combination of the following: film editing, compositing, visual effects, color correction/grading, directing, lighting, or other elements of technical production and post-production. The department seeks a well-rounded candidate with professional and/or teaching experience in television or film production. Those with experience in storytelling that addresses historically underrepresented perspectives are especially encouraged to apply. And, ideally, the candidate would have interest in research and teaching opportunities with other units in the College, such as our award-winning Animation program.

Demonstrated experience in teaching is especially valued. We expect the candidate to know traditional, contemporary, and emerging methods and technologies in film and television production and post-production. The applicant should understand the theory, practice, and technical demands of film / television production, and have a well-articulated vision regarding the field and how it should be taught. The candidate is also expected to be familiar with some or all of the following: Adobe Premiere, Avid, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, and Da Vinci Resolve software.

The Department of Film and Theatre, and San José State University as a whole, have a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The department specifically encourages a wide diversity of voices and perspectives throughout the production process. Our Radio-TV-Film (RTVF) program examines the manner in which traditionally disenfranchised voices can impact and shape representation in innovative, exciting, and transformative ways. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service is rooted in a commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, so our students can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • MFA in Film Production, or degree in related field with professional experience.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with others in a small dynamic department. 
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience. 
  • Undergraduate level teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:

  • Demonstrated success in professional-level entertainment industry experience. 
  • Demonstrated technical proficiency in production or post-production for film and/or television. 
  • Commitment to addressing equity gaps in the field of film and television. 
  • Commitment to the values of social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and teach introductory and advanced level courses in production and post-production in film and television. 
  • Advise and mentor students.
  • Participate in student recruitment.
  • Develop and promote new production and post-production courses.
  • Perform committee and other service at the department, college, and university levels. 
  • Develop and sustain an ongoing record of professional engagement, including research and/or creative activities. 
  • Incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works. 
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Application Procedure

Select Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • a two-page statement of teaching interests/philosophy, describing the candidate’s plans to engage undergraduate students in film production and studies
  • current and future research and/or creative plans
  • link to an online portfolio and/or inclusion of research and creative work
  • diversity statement
  • three letters of recommendation.

Inquiries may be directed to: Dr. Matthew Spangler, Chair of the Department of Film, Theatre, and Dance at 

Conditional Offer

The work for this faculty position is located in the State of California and requires commuting to the campus. Employment is contingent upon US residence and proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current employee who was conditionally offered the position. 

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. Recognized as a leading transformative educational institution, San José State is an essential partner in the technological, economic, cultural, and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. Cutting-edge research, world-class scholarship, student-centered learning, diverse communities, and commitment to social justice, allow SJSU to provide life-changing opportunities and advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of Age, Ancestry, Caste, Color, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Military Status, Nationality, Race, Religion, Religious Creed, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Sex Stereotype, and Veteran Status. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. 

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