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Job description: 

Job description:

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-eligible Assistant Professor of Film/Media Production beginning fall 2020. We seek a filmmaker with established professional credits as a director, writer, or producer for cinema, television, or new media. The ideal candidate will seek to be a part of the ASU community that is identified "not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed" as framed in our charter and have a record of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in their work. Our new colleague will teach courses in filmmaking practices, directing, and media production for our undergraduate degree programs, as well as connect their teaching and professional creative work with partners across the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and the Arizona State University community.

The Assistant Professor of Film/Media Production will teach various courses related to contemporary filmmaking practices. These courses may include: Directing I and II, Principles of Filmmaking, Short Film Production, Senior Project/Capstone, and any areas of specialty (e.g., documentary, commercial, industrial, educational, or independent media).  This new faculty member will also work collaboratively with faculty across the School of Film, Dance and Theatre to impact the breadth and depth of new course offerings as we expand the film program’s curriculum and faculty over the next several years.  The Assistant Professor of Film/Media Production should expect to teach a two to three course load per semester; supervise and mentor student projects across the School of Film, Dance and Theatre; maintain an active professional creative profile; and contribute appropriate service and participate in faculty governance. The candidate’s body of work and teaching experiences should demonstrate the following: an active commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; the ability to facilitate creative and professional opportunities for students from diverse populations; a record of exploring innovative media making and digital storytelling in traditional and emerging formats; the ability to create innovative course content and collaborate on the design of digital and hybrid learning.

Herberger standard: 

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 more than 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.

Unit standard: 

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre is committed to investigating and situating the importance of disciplinary knowledge and artistic practices from film, dance and theatre as central to citizenship, democracy and our social wellbeing; to advancing practices within and across each discipline; and to researching and developing innovative and relevant pedagogical and curricular approaches that center equity. With over 650 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 initiatives include the Performance in the Borderlands series of lectures, workshops, performances and public discussions and Film Spark, which connects students to the Los Angeles entertainment industry through courses, workshops, mixers and collaborating with the Hollywood Invades Tempe student group to bring top filmmakers for screenings and Q&As. Cross Institute initiatives include the Urban Sol collaboration of Valley area DJs, MCs, graffiti artists and dancers and ArtsWork, an initiative that unites artists and scholars with community leaders in research and programs focused on children and the arts.

Degree program standard: 

Our film program aspires to be the most inclusive, diverse, innovative and accessible undergraduate production program in the country, guiding the next generation of storytellers towards the education, experiences and opportunities that will magnify their creative voice and empower them to imagine and achieve future success. A new, state-of-the-art, multimillion-dollar production facility for the film program will open in Mesa, Arizona, in 2022, serving as a hub for innovative media storytelling and new creative opportunities. We also have an ever-expanding presence in Los Angeles through Film Spark, our alumni outreach and student/industry networking program, as well as other planned programs housed in the historic Herald-Examiner building. Current faculty is composed of award-winning professionals who deliver a curriculum with a foundation based on ethical filmmaking practices, and an emphasis on narrative short digital filmmaking, television, documentary, videography and pre-professional development. Our program works to exemplify ASU’s charter commitment to access and inclusion.

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

Required qualifications: 

Required qualifications:

  • MFA with concentration in film or related discipline, and strong evidence of professional activity in film/media production with three (3) years minimum experience in film production as a director, writer, producer, or production executive; or, BA, BS, or BFA in Film or a film-related discipline AND an additional five (5) years minimum of related experience in film/media production as a director, writer, producer, or production executive.
  • Demonstrated experience and excellence teaching film and media making with first generation college students, students from traditionally underrepresented communities, and/or non-traditional students.
  • Demonstrated commitment via professional work to the advancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion in film/media professions and to expanding access for first generation students/artists
  • Active productivity and recognized professional/artistic excellence, evidenced by public presentation or distribution of creative work in the form of short or feature narrative films, documentaries, commercials or other short-form media.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience with contemporary film and media making industries, including knowledge of standard industry production practices related to professional development, creative development, digital production workflow, and the relationship between media making and other forms of cultural production and consumption.
Desired qualifications: 

Desired qualifications:

Demonstrated success in one or more of the following areas:

  • Full-time teaching or administrative experience in a college or university setting
  • Evidence of successful mentorship in film/media production, particularly in the areas of directing, writing, and producing.
  • Experience working with or for successful industry partners (regionally, nationally, or internationally) and record of active engagement with industry and professional organizations.
  • Broad knowledge of film and media history and appreciation for the cultural value and social impact of film, television and new media.
Instruction to apply: 

Instruction to apply:

Please submit the five following items: (1) a letter of interest, (2) a one-page teaching philosophy, (3) up to two-pages on your approach to, and evidence of, diversity and inclusion through creative work/research, teaching, and/or service, (4) links to a portfolio of up to three representative works; for longer works, provide the in- to out-points for an excerpt no longer than twenty-minutes and a brief statement to contextualize the excerpt, (5) a curriculum vitae with contact information of three references.

All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/69313.

Application deadline: 

Application deadline:

The application deadline is January 3, 2020. 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.

Additional ASU details: 

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/.

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