Clinical Assistant Professor, Film Legal and Business Practices, Tempe/Mesa – The Sidney Poitier New American Film School

Job description:

The Sidney Poitier New American Film School at Arizona State University seeks a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor in film with expertise in legal and business practices in the U.S. entertainment industry (production, development, and management). This is a full-time fixed-term position. This position will be appointed across two of ASU’s locations, ASU Tempe Campus and the Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center in Mesa, AZ, where teaching will occur. The start date for this position is Fall 2023.

Our new colleague will be well versed in traditional modes of film production, as well as legal and business practices in the entertainment industry (production, development, and management). The Clinical Assistant Professor of Film Legal and Business Practices will teach courses including introduction and intermediate film and media business practices and courses in laws that impact the film/media industry, as well as developing new courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, interest, or specialization. The Clinical Assistant Professor may be required to teach a combination of in-person, online, and hybrid courses, in addition to mentoring students through aspects of the Sidney Poitier New American Film School capstone sequences. The Clinical Assistant Professor is expected to maintain their own research or creative work, and will contribute appropriate service to the school, the Herberger Institute, the university, and the community.

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

Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier 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 that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, increasing the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

Required qualifications:

  • Applicants must hold an M.A., M.F.A., M.B.A, Ph.D., JD, or a graduate degree in a related field, and 3 or more years of experience in film/media business or law or a related field (international applicants must hold a terminal degree in order to be considered);
  • Demonstrated teaching experience in secondary, college/university, or professional settings;
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and social engagement;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of legal and business practices in the entertainment industry (ie production, development, management), including familiarity with current US law regarding copyright, distribution, and other film business matters.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience developing new coursework and academic curriculums/programs including online and/or hybrid courses;
  • Experience in multiple facets of the film and television, focused on business and legal developments;
  • Experience with film, television and/or short film marketing, distribution, or producing;
  • Track record of research, publication, or creative work related to film and/or television.

Application deadline:

The application deadline is January 29, 2023. 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.

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Instruction to apply:

Please submit the following materials:

  • A letter of interest addressing the qualifications and description of this position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three (3) references
  • Statement which describes your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • A one-page teaching philosophy statement

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