Lecturer, Film/Producing, Tempe/Mesa

The New American Film School

Job description: 

The Lecturer, Film/Producing will be well versed in traditional modes of film production and post-production, as well as a production pipelines in one or more of the following areas: experimental narrative, digital filmmaking, game production, animation, XR storytelling, media for performance, media installation, or other distinctive, trans-disciplinary, cinematic forms. The Lecturer of Film/Producing will teach 6-8 courses per academic year, which will include introduction and intermediate film production fundamentals, as well as developing new courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, interest, or specialization. The Lecturer of Film/Producing 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. And, the Lecturer, Film/Producing will contribute appropriate service and participate in faculty governance.

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 herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

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 film.asu.edu


About ASU at Mesa City Center

Arizona State University has joined forces with one of the nation’s fastest growing cities to build a digital innovation center in Mesa. ASU at Mesa City Center will open doors for students in emerging industries while helping transform Mesa’s downtown area into a bustling innovation district. Once fully developed, this 118,000 square-foot space will leverage its soundstages, audio laboratories, immersive laboratories, screening theaters, fabrication labs and design studios to encourage collaborations aimed at solving problems today and in the future—from visualizing new systems of urban transportation to testing new designs for hospital rooms. This world-class media production site will host hundreds of students making films, video games and other immersive media, as well as extended reality experiences of all kinds. Our inclusive programming will train some of the best storytellers and media entrepreneurs in the world, and the facility will also be an open and inviting place for the public as well as a source of inspiration, entertainment and education.


Required qualifications:

  • Applicants must have completed an MA, MFA, or PHD and 3 or more years of experience in film/media production or a related field; or a BA/BFA and 5 or more years of demonstrated film/media production experience. International applicants must hold a terminal degree in a related field in order to be considered.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience at the university level.
  • Demonstrated success and recognition in creating work that exemplifies inclusion, diversity, equity, and social engagement.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of film production and post-production tools and practices i.e. cinematography, editing, lighting, and sound.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience developing new coursework and academic curriculums/programs including online and/or hybrid courses.
  • Experience with CGI/Animation Workflows.
  • Experience producing with game engines (unreal/unity) or alternative pre-visualization tools.
  • Experience using XR tools as a storytelling platform.
  • Track record of funded/presented/published research, or creative work.


We acknowledge the 22 tribes who are native to Arizona, and more specifically the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Piipaash or Pee Posh (Maricopa) tribes on whose ancestral homelands ASU’s Tempe campus resides.


We are committed to the idea that study is what you do with other people. It’s talking and walking around with other people, working, dancing, suffering, some irreducible convergence of all three, held under the name of speculative practice. The notion of a rehearsal—being in a kind of workshop, playing in a band, in a jam session, or old men sitting on a porch, or people working together in a factory—there are these various modes of activity. The point of calling it “study” is to mark that the incessant and irreversible intellectuality of these activities is already present.


Wallace, David S., et al. “Fred Moten's Radical Critique of the Present.” The New Yorker, 30 Apr. 2018, https://www.newyorker.com/culture/persons-of-interest/fred-motens-radical-critique-of-the-present


Application deadline:

 The application deadline is December 20, 2021. 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 https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.)

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources.  ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf  You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

Instruction to apply: 

Please submit;

• a letter of interest,

• curriculum vitae with contact information for three (3) references.

• statement which describes your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

• a portfolio of work, which demonstrates experience with speculative, or emergent filmmaking practices. Please provide a .pdf with links to works (up to 3 separate samples, no more than 5 total minutes of material)

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