All materials should be submitted online by January 15, 2019.

Position title: Assistant Professor in the School of Cinema

Start date:  August, 2019

Position Summary:

San Francisco State University’s School of Cinema offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Sound Design, Mixing, Post-Production and/or Film Scoring beginning August 2019. We seek a colleague with expertise 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, and who can teach across fiction, non-fiction, experimental or hybrid forms. We seek a specialist who can guide students in sound creation, recording, editing, effects, mixing and/or composing for film. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to enhancing the diversity and overall excellence of the academic community. 

The School of Cinema was founded amid the political activism and artistic experimentation of the 1960s. Today, as then, the School of Cinema is committed to a curriculum that recognizes cinema to be an independent, powerful and unique medium in the world. Our programs combine theory and practice, and students are encouraged to engage in scholarship and to pursue production in all forms, modes and mediums of cinematic expression.

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 graduate and undergraduate teaching in production and post-production sound, mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing body of creative work in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments. Detailed position description is available at



  • 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: 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.

Position title: Lecturer positions in the School of Cinema

Position Summary:  Individuals who wish to be considered for Adjunct Lecturer appointments which occasionally become available in the School of Cinema may fill out the application below.  Please upload a current CV and include a brief letter outlining your teaching experience, interests and competencies.    Your application will remain active for one calendar year, after which time you should reapply to maintain eligibility.  You will be contacted if a position opens up for which you are being considered.

These positions 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 filmmaking and innovative scholarship in the field.

SFSU Cinema Department