POSITION: Assistant Professor in Cinematography
The School of Cinema at San Francisco State University invites applications for tenure-track Cinematography position at the rank of Assistant Professor
The School of Cinema at San Francisco State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Cinematography effective August 2017. Candidates should hold an MFA in Cinema Production and have experience as a professional Cinematographer. An MA in a closely related field may be considered with exceptional professional and/or teaching experience. Desirable skills include: knowledge and experience in special effects and digital media, the use of cameras in non-cinematic contexts such as drones, smartphones, videogame design, interactive platforms, etc.; familiarity with the independent filmmaking and the film festival environment. Successful candidates will be excellent teachers, maintain a high level of creative activity, and participate in service to the campus and community. Salary commensurate with qualifications. For full consideration, send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a url link to an online reel of examples of cinematography and creative work, a statement of teaching philosophy, a description of teaching and research interests, and three recent letters of recommendation by December 5, 2016.
Detailed position description is available at https://cinema.sfsu.edu/
Position Description School of Cinema College of Liberal and Creative Arts San Francisco State University
Position title: Assistant Professor position in Cinema
Start date: August, 2017
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The CSU provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.
The position focuses on the Cinematography and film production and will be in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University. SF State is a member of the California State University system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. The School of Cinema is rated among the top twenty film schools; it has a long tradition of documentary filmmaking and innovative scholarship in the field.
The position includes a full-time faculty workload per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the California State University and the California Faculty Association. The workload primarily includes teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Cinema Department, and conducting an active ongoing scholarship program.
Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, productive participation in school, college, and university-wide committees; mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students; holding regular office hours; curriculum development and improvement, particularly with regard to student learning outcomes; and remaining current in both subject area and teaching methodologies.
Essential Job Tasks:
Prepare course materials such as syllabi, lecture and discussion materials, readings and assignments, assessments, and learning resources; Prepare and deliver effective lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as the art of cinematography, cinematography and lighting, digital cinematography, the aesthetics of fiction and non-fiction filmmaking, the art and techniques of visual storytelling, multimedia and special effects production and post-production. Initiate, moderate, and facilitate classroom discussions; Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, papers, etc. in a timely manner; Compile, administer, and grade examinations or other learning assessments; Maintain student grades and other required records or reporting materials; Effectiveness in academic assignments and stay current on developments in the discipline while continuing one’s artistic and professional activities (such as cinematography on professional films or media productions) Plan, evaluate and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction; Hold regularly-scheduled office hours for the purpose of advising and assisting students; Actively participate on assigned committees in accordance with department, School, or College needs, and SF State's strategic vision; provide leadership in developing and implementing curricular and technical proposals that will enhance the School’s ability to offer a comprehensive education in digital and multimedia technologies Additional duties as assigned.
Minimum Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Abilities:
MFA in Cinema or Film Production or related field; Must be an active filmmaker in the field, with a track record of filmography and peer-reviewed exhibitions;
Other desirable skills would include: knowledge and experience in documentary film, special effects, sound recording and multimedia design; knowledge of the independent filmmaking and the film festival environment. 1-2 years of undergraduate teaching experience with a large, diverse student body or in a multicultural setting preferred; Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individuals and groups, and the assessment of learning; Planning and organizing skills sufficient to ensure implementation of the assigned curriculum, job duties, and established expectations; Oral and written communication skills in the English language at a level that comprehends and conveys information to and from students, colleagues, and others in an effective manner; Awareness and engagement with critical concerns in the discipline and capacity to continue to produce original work in Documentary Studies and related areas; Interpersonal orientation that encourages productive interactions with students, colleagues, and other campus stakeholders and promotes collegiality in department, college and university contexts.