Tenure Track

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Of Sound Design, Mixing, Scoring and Post-Production

Position Description

Position title: Assistant Professor in the School of Cinema

Start date: August, 2019


The position is in Sound Design, Mixing, Post-Production and/or Film Scoring. The position focuses on producing sound and/or scoring for a range of visual media platforms including film, digital and streaming platforms, interactive media, VR, animation, gaming formats or other emerging media formats, in fiction, non-fiction, experimental or hybrid forms.

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 or other agreed upon primary assignment; conducting an active ongoing program of scholarship or creative works that advances knowledge in the field of one’s specialty; and service contributions to the department, college and the university.

Primary teaching assignments will be in sound production/design and post-production at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.

Scholarship/creative work will be in sound design, mixing, scoring, post-production, and/or other areas of specialization.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: productive participation on departmental, 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:

• Facilitate student success through teaching and advising with a focus on inclusive pedagogy;

• Develop course materials such as syllabi, lecture and discussion materials, live demonstrations, readings and assignments, assessments, and learning resources for undergraduate and graduate students on topics such as engineering, design, editing, mixing, fiction, non-fiction, experimental and/or other emerging forms of sound and media linked to student learning outcomes;

• Initiate, moderate, and facilitate classroom discussions and workshop activities.

• 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;

• Guide and supervise department technicians in support of safe, clean studio facilities and equipment;  

• Maintain an active body of sound production and/or post-production and related areas and exhibit those works on a local, national and international level;  

• Stay current on developments in the discipline by reading new literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences;  

• 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 School of Cinema or College needs, and SF State's strategic vision; 's strategic vision; 

• Actively participate in collegial interactions in fulfilling service assignments and other duties at the department, college, and university level; 

• Additional duties as assigned.



MFA in Cinema or a related field


Equivalent professional experience as an active filmmaker and/or sound designer/mixer


Record of teaching cinema sound production and post-production across a broad spectrum of cinematic and media arts at both the undergraduate and graduate levels

Active body of work related to sound production and post-production

Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students



· Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works

· Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities

· Record of contributing to collegial, supportive and collaborative work environments

· Record of providing leadership in developing curriculum in the area of sound design/mixing


Rank and salary

Assistant Professor of Cinema. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.


All materials should be submitted online by January 15, 2019. Candidates should submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae with names and contact of four references, a statement on how your teaching and creative work align with the commitment of the School of Cinema to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community, a demo reel and/or film samples (3 maximum, up to 10 minutes in length), and one to three sample syllabi. Please apply and submit all materials online at: https://sfsucinemadepartment.submittable.com/submit. Hardcopy applications will not be accepted. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

APPLY AT: https://sfsucinemadepartment.submittable.com/submit