Arizona State University - Clinical Assistant Professor, Film Production/Post-Production


The Sidney Poitier New American Film School at Arizona State University seeks a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor, Film Production/Post Production for the ASU California Center, located at the historic Herald Examiner building in downtown Los Angeles, CA. We seek a highly qualified candidate with comprehensive digital-film production experience to teach undergraduate courses in our film programs. This fixed-term appointment is based in downtown Los Angeles starting Fall 2022.

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

Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, 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 that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, increasing the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About The Sidney Poitier New American Film School

The Sidney Poitier New American Film School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is dedicated to training 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

About ASU California Center at Herald Examiner

The Herald Examiner Building in downtown Los Angeles stands out as a cultural landmark in a modern city. As the new home of ASU in Los Angeles, the ASU California Center at the Herald Examiner Building represents ASU’s growing evolution as a university of global impact. The ASU California Center provides students from all of ASU’s campuses the opportunity to make connections within Los Angeles and engage industries through jobs and internships. The new location also helps expand access to higher education for California students and life-long learners through undergraduate and graduate degree programs, executive education, workshops and seminars. The Sidney Poitier New American Film School will run multiple programs from the California Center, including our Semester in L.A. program, a film BA transfer program, along with workshops and seminars.

The Clinical Assistant Professor should have a passion for diverse modes of digital storytelling with an emphasis on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) in their creative work and/or in engaging diverse communities in teaching and practice. A focus on innovation in new technologies in a fast-paced, open learning environment will be key in a successful candidate. Candidates with a wide range of experience (including mainstream film/tv, community engaged media work, documentary, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

The position primarily involves teaching courses in downtown Los Angeles to junior and senior-level film students and community college transfer students. This teaching may include on-line or Zoom-based teaching. The position also carries school and university service responsibilities and a possible research or creative activity component. Clear communication with Arizona-based film school leadership and faculty, along with the Los Angeles-based Curriculum Director will be essential. The course teaching load could include: intro/mid-level hands-on production courses, intro/mid-level hands-on post-production courses, or intro/mid-level courses designed by candidate. The service load may include serving on film school related committees (events, outreach, industry), outreach to community colleges and high schools, community partner/industry outreach, and outreach in other specialty areas (documentary, distribution) depending on the qualifications and expertise of the candidate.



Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion principles (JEDI);
  • Evidence of excellence and innovation in teaching to diverse student populations;
  • Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of professional experience in production/ post-production. or 8 years of professional experience in production/post-production; or a combination of education and experience consistent with the position description. International candidates must hold a master’s degree.
  • Technical proficiency in film production and post-production;

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master of Fine Arts or other advanced degree in film or a related field.
  • Commitment to community-engaged work.
  • Commitment to innovation and new technology.
  • Evidence of ability to teach creative problem solving.
  • Evidence of working with a diverse team of professionals or students.
  • Evidence of developing/teaching online/hybrid courses and/or university-level course syllabi.
  • Avid and Premiere experience.
  • Evidence of experience mentoring diverse film production students.

Application Instructions

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit:

  1. A resume or CV;
  2. A letter of Interest;
  3. A statement explaining the applicant’s experience/work in advancing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  4. A teaching philosophy, including a brief description of a potential/past course;
  5. List of 3 references, including contact information;
  6. Sample of creative work (no longer than 10-minutes total). Link to Vimeo/YouTube/Site or equivalent online platform with clear credit on work noted (please include links to complete works with credits, if possible). 

The application deadline is January 22, 2022. 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.

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