Assistant Professor, Fiction Directing, School of Cinema

Job no: 505315

Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track

Location: San Francisco

Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

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San Francisco State University School of Cinema offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Fiction Directing beginning August 2022. We seek a colleague with notable experience working with actors and bringing a director’s vision to the screen. Of particular interest are filmmakers whose work foregrounds the stories of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, AAPI, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and/or Disabled communities. Demonstrable experience in related aspects of filmmaking—such as screenwriting, cinematography, producing, or episodic storytelling—is also desirable. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment -- through their research, teaching, and service -- to the diversity and excellence of our academic community/department/program.

Founded during the political activism and artistic experimentation of the 1960s, the School of Cinema fosters and champions cinematic expressions that challenge social and artistic norms, take creative risks, promote social justice, and express the diversity of the human experience. The School of Cinema has been recognized for multiple years as one of the top 25 film schools in the United States, according to The Hollywood Reporter, The Independent, and Filmmaker, with a distinguished faculty of an award-winning documentary, fiction and experimental filmmakers, and scholars specializing in feminist theory, international and American cinema, sexuality studies, and film sound/voice. The School serves more than 50 graduate students (MA and MFA) and more than 900 undergraduate majors whose work has been distinguished by honors ranging from scholarly publication and conference presentations to creative recognition via numerous Princess Grace Awards, official selection in the Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, SXSW, Frameline, the Flaherty Seminar, and many others.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining, and graduating a highly diverse student body
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
  • Recruiting, retaining, and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory, or studio
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.


The position requires undergraduate and/or graduate teaching in fiction filmmaking; mentoring and advising undergraduate and/or graduate students; developing and maintaining a robust program in fiction film directing; and ongoing committee and service assignments.


  • M.F.A. or equivalent terminal degree in Cinema or related field. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
  • Active record of fiction filmmaking in the position of director or writer/director with a body of peer-reviewed film work that foregrounds the stories of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, AAPI, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and/or Disabled communities.
  • Record of teaching contributions in the areas of: fiction filmmaking; working with actors; bringing cinematic vision to the screen; leading pre-production, production, and post-production; screenwriting; or related areas
  • Active film work with a record of exhibition (i.e., film festivals, streaming platforms, theatrical runs) and recognition (i.e., reviews, awards)
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching and/or scholarship and/or creative works
  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically underrepresented communities
  • Record of contributing to supportive and collaborative work environments

Rank and salary

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


A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To apply, upload the following materials:

  1. Letter of intent (relating your experience to the required qualifications)
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A diversity statement (no more than 500 words) that provides an understanding of your capabilities to address diversity in support of SF State’s diverse student and community populations. Please discuss how you have addressed diversity in your teaching, research, or service.
  4. A statement of your teaching philosophy (no more than 750 words).
  5. Up to three (3) samples of creative work demonstrating your work as a fiction film director. Streaming links preferred.
  6. Contact information for three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

Application review begins Monday, November 8, 2021. Please direct all questions about the position to Scott Boswell, Associate Professor, by email at

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San Francisco State University 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.

Advertised: September 27, 2021 (9 a.m.) Pacific Daylight Time

Applications close: Open Until Filled

Individuals who wish to be considered for Adjunct Lecturer appointments, which occasionally become available in the School of Cinema, should fill out the application linked below. Your application will remain active for one semester, after which time you should re-apply to maintain eligibility. You will be contacted if a position opens up for which you are being considered.

Link to Application via the SF State job portal

Call For Applications, Cinema Lecturer Pool

The School of Cinema at SF State is accepting applications for projected lecturer opportunities. To be considered for these positions, please fill out the linked application portal.

Applications are received on an ongoing basis and will be considered for emerging opportunities.

The positions that are often in demand, pending funding and final approval from the College Dean, include (but not necessarily limited to):

  • Projects in Film Editing
  • 16mm Cinematography
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Screenwriting
  • Advanced Lighting Techniques
  • Writing About Cinema
  • Exploration in Cinema as an Online Medium

The SF State School of Cinema has set up the online form to apply for positions as Lecturer Faculty. The application asks for a fair amount of information about your background, skills, availability and preferences as well as a list of two (2) references.

You may need a bit of time to complete, so please do not wait until the last minute to fill out the application.

Please email with any questions by contacting the Director of the School, Aaron Kerner (

The SF State School of Cinema Lecturer Advisory Hiring Committee is: Professors Steve Choe, Weimin Zhang, Johnny Symons, and the School of Cinema Operations Manager Nalini Libby.

There are currently no staff openings in the School of Cinema. 

The School of Cinema has set up an online form to apply for GA-ships and GTA-ships for the Fall 2022 semester. Please note in almost every case, we want graduate students to have completed CINE852, and have GA experience prior to consideration for a GTA position.  The application asks for a fair amount of information about your background, skills, availability and preferences. Please let us know as clearly as possible which days and times you will be able to work, by looking at what courses you plan to enroll in for Fall 2022. Please know they are yet to be approved by the College and may change.   

You may need a bit of time to complete, so please do not wait until the last minute to fill out the application, found here.

The deadline to submit the application is Monday, April 25.    

We are enclosing a list of Fall undergraduate courses that will likely require GA’s or GTA’s. Please note that this list is tentative and is subject to change. You may use this list to indicate particular assistantships that might fit your interests and schedule. Please remember that while we will endeavor to match you with a preferred course, there are many moving parts, and getting a preferred assignment may not be possible for everyone. Moreover, the schedule often undergoes some revisions, so please be aware that some flexibility on your part will likely be necessary.    


  • CINE 200   Introduction to Cinema Studies   
  • CINE 211   Film History I   
  • CINE 212   Film History II   
  • CINE 304   Gender and Film  
  • CINE 307   National/Regional Cinemas   
  • CINE 309   Latina/o/x Cinema   
  • CINE 325    Focus on Film Topics (Three sections)    
  • CINE 335    Art of Cinematography   
  • CINE 342    Documentary Film   
  • CINE 344    Film Genre (common topics include: comedy, horror, science-fiction)   
  • CINE 365    History of Animation   
  • CINE 450    Fundamentals of Screenwriting      


  • CINE 204   Introduction to Filmmaking Laboratory (taught in conjunction with CINE202 Introduction to Filmmaking)     
  • CINE 341   Critical Studies Discussion Group (taught in conjunction with CINE340 Critical Studies) 
  • CINE 624   Advanced Production Crafts      

Please email with any questions to: Weimin Zhang, M.F.A. Coordinator and/or Steve Choe, M.A. Coordinator.