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(Archived) Assistant Professor - Documentary Production - #22-34

Last Updated: 10/16/22

Job Description

Department: Cinema and Television Arts

Faculty Hire Number: 22-34

Rank: Assistant Professor

Effective Date of Appointment: August 24, 2022 (Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Salary: Dependent upon qualifications

CSUN’s Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

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About the Department:

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CSUN’s highly regarded Department of Cinema and Television Arts is seeking an Assistant Professor with expertise in Documentary Film and Television Production at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The successful candidate will teach beginning, intermediate and advanced courses in documentary production, and have experience in directing and/or producing documentaries for theatrical, television, streaming, or festival distribution.

In addition to teaching, the position requires mentoring students working on advanced level production projects, advising students on academic matters, participating in departmental activities such as portfolio review and senior showcase, and interfacing with the entertainment industry and related organizations. Teaching may also be assigned in a secondary area of expertise. For reappointment, tenure, and promotion, emphasis will be placed on teaching effectiveness, scholarly and creative achievement, and service to the University and community. Faculty members are expected to contribute professionally at the state and national levels.

Required Qualifications:

As a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI), inclusiveness and diversity are integral to CSUN’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As of Fall 2020, CSUN enrolls ~40,000 students, where 56% are Latinx, 20.8% are White, 9.3% are Asian American, 4.8% are Black/African American, 0.1% are Native American, and 0.1% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. The successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service.

  • Terminal degree (e.g. MFA, PhD., etc.) or equivalent post-baccalaureate experience and training
  • Demonstrated experience directing and/or producing documentaries for theatrical, television, streaming, or festival distribution
  • Demonstrated experience with developing, shooting and post-production of documentaries

Preferred Qualifications:

  • College or University-level teaching experience
  • Professional experience in one or more of the following areas: video editing, digital cinematography, post-production sound editing and mixing, reality tv production, directing documentary re-creations, documentary research
  • Membership in professional Guilds such as the DGA, WGA, ACE, ASC, or PGA is desirable
  • Demonstrated effective engagement with and mentoring of diverse students
  • Evidence of successful teaching experience at the university or college level using culturally responsive pedagogy that leads to equitable outcomes for all students

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin December 1, 2021. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

How to Apply:

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:

Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references who can address the candidate’s teaching, research, and service qualifications to the website in the section above. In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide additional materials, including letters of recommendation, professional work samples, and work produced through student mentoring.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work in the United States.

General Information:

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The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. To learn more visit our Matadors Forward site:

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Department of Cinema and Television Arts at [Register to View] .

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Northridge, California, United States