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Job ID: Assistant Professor, Animation, 22.19
School of Cinema
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Date Posted:
September 26, 2019
Closing Date:
Open until filled
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Faculty (Unit 3)
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San Francisco State University, School of Cinema offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Animation History/Theory/Production beginning August 2020. We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests include both Animation theory/history and practice of animation We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, through diversity, to the excellence of the academic community.

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 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 award-winning documentary, fiction and experimental filmmakers, and scholars specializing in feminist theory, post-modernism, international and American cinema, sexuality studies, and film sound/voice. The School serves more than 50 graduate students (MA and MFA) and more than 1000 undergraduate majors, whose work is often recognized through scholarly publication, conference presentations, scholarships such as the Princess Grace Awards and official selection in major festivals or events such as the Cannes Cinéfondation competition ,the Flaherty Seminar, Sundance and 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.

Responsibilities: The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in animation history, theory, and practice, mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing body of scholarly and creative work in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments. Detailed position description is available at

• Ph.D. or M.F.A, or equivalent terminal degree in animation-related disciplines from an
accredited program. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
• Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students

• Record of teaching contributions in the areas of: animation history, theory, and story, and/or animation production
• Active record of research related to specialty area
• 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

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

Application: All materials should be submitted online by November 6, 2019. Upload to the School of Cinema via the Submittable website a letter of intent/interest, a current CV, a statement on how your teaching and scholarship/creative work align with the commitment of the School of Cinema to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; samples of scholarly papers and/or animation creative work; teaching philosophy; names and contact information of three references. Hardcopies will not be accepted. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date. (APPLY AT: )

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.