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Job ID: Assistant Professor, Media Theory, 12.19
Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts
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Date Posted:
August 29, 2019
Closing Date:
Open until filled
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Faculty (Unit 3)
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The Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) at San Francisco State University is offering an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Media Theory and Criticism beginning August 2020.

We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests complement our curriculum and who can create new courses focused on media-related topics from a critical/cultural and/or a social scientific perspective. We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our department and academic community through excellence in teaching, service, and research.

The Emmy® Award winning Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts is an inclusive learning environment that promotes creativity and scholarship in multiple forms of media, mirroring the wide range of cultural, artistic, and scholarly interests in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students get cutting-edge training and education in media theory, criticism, and production. We pride ourselves on offering a curriculum that balances theory and practice.

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 teaching at least two of the following undergraduate courses: Introduction to Electronic Communication; Life on TV: A Critical View; Critical Study of Popular Culture; The Age of Information; or Social Aspects of Electronic Media. In addition, the candidate should possess an interest in designing courses using media theories to examine video games, emerging media technologies, environmental issues, media for social change, and/or media literacy. There will also be opportunities to teach at the graduate level.

The position requires mentoring and advising of undergraduate and graduate students, ongoing committee and service assignments, and actively engaging in ongoing research and scholarship in one's area of specialty.

Detailed position description is available at


•Ph.D. in Media Studies, Mass Communication, or a related discipline from an accredited university. ABD will be considered if Ph.D. is completed by August 1, 2020.
•Record of teaching contributions in the areas of Media Theory and/or Media Criticism
•Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities and first-generation college students.

•Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching and scholarship.
•Record of contributing to collegial, supportive, and collaborative work environments
•Active record of scholarship

Rank and salary:

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


Submit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, a statement on how your teaching and scholarship and/or creative work align with the commitment of the Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community, transcript of graduate courses, samples or links to recent scholarly and/or creative work, teaching philosophy, names and contact information for three references. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by 10/14/2019. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Submit all materials in a single PDF document to:

Dr. Christopher Clemens
Search Committee Chair
Department of Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue San Francisco, CA 94132

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.