Associate Director and Professor - The Sidney Poitier New American Film School

The New American Film School

Job description:

The Sidney Poitier New American Film School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University invites applications for the position of Associate Director. The Associate Director will be located on the Tempe and Mesa campuses and will be hired at the rank of Professor. This is a full-time, fiscal-year faculty position with an administrative appointment, beginning July 2022 or thereafter. 

The position of Associate Director at the rank of Professor is a tenure-eligible faculty position with an administrative appointment. The Associate Director serves faculty and students in The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, collaborates with school leadership and staff, and engages with leadership, staff, and faculty across the university. The Associate Director will focus on supporting and facilitating academic affairs related to faculty, oversee the development of new curriculum with faculty and staff, and coordinate the programs of the Tempe, Mesa and California Center campuses. The successful candidate will also teach in the school’s degree programs. The Sidney Poitier New American Film School seeks candidates with a record of successful leadership in an academic institution, significant research/creative work, a record of excellence in teaching, and perspectives aligned with our aim to be the most inclusive, most affordable and most innovative film and media production program in the world.

About ASU:

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. The Herberger Institute comprises the schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About the Sidney Poitier New American Film School

The Sidney Poitier New American Film School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is dedicated to training the next generation of cinematic storytellers, digital media artists and innovators of the imagination. With a foundation in ethical and collaborative creative practices, hands-on instruction with industry standard technology, and focused pre-professional training and career planning, we aim to be the most inclusive, most affordable and most innovative film and media production program in the country. Our award-winning faculty combines years of industry success with a passionate commitment to teaching and student success, and our graduates jump-start their careers through engagement with Film Spark, our Los Angeles-based industry relations hub. In The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, each student's unique creative vision and career aspirations are brought to life, giving voice to communities, stories and ideas that can be shared and treasured on screens in cinemas, in our homes, or in the palms of our hands. For more information on The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, visit 

For information about The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, visit The Sidney Poitier New American Film School is a partner in the ASU Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center, visit Herberger Institute MIX.

Required qualifications:

  • Demonstrated successful and significant academic leadership/administrative experience in film or related field.
  • MFA, PhD, or a terminal degree in education, film and media, or a related field.
  • Evidence of sustained professional research or creative activity in film or a related field.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion in film.  

Desired qualifications:

  • Knowledge of principles and practices pertaining to managing academic programs.  
  • Successful experience in supporting faculty career development in an academic setting.
  • Skill in problem solving and decision-making.
  • Skill in effectively managing, supervising and evaluating staff.
  • Skill in academic program design and development.
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus and cultivate collaborative teams.

Application deadline:

The application deadline is May 22, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. (See and

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Instruction to apply:

Please submit: 

  • A letter of interest addressing leadership experience, scholarship/creative activity, teaching, and commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Examples of creative work or research (no more than 2 publications or two film segments totaling at least 30 minutes and no more than 60 minutes).

All applications must be submitted electronically via

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