Clinical Assistant Professor, Sound Design - The Sidney Poitier New American Film School

Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 26, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


The Sidney Poitier New American Film School at Arizona State University seeks a Clinical Assistant Professor of Sound Design, beginning August 2021. This is a year-to-year, renewable appointment.

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 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 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 is dedicated to educating 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

The Clinical Assistant Professor of Sound Design will be responsible for teaching, educating, mentoring and preparing students while also advancing the mission of the film program within The Sidney Poitier New American Film School. The successful candidate will be joining a faculty of veteran industry professionals and extraordinary faculty in delivering a curriculum that places emphasis on narrative filmmaking, including feature films, television, and/or documentary; pre-professional development; practical application of skills and technology through hands-on production experiences; and ethical film and mediamaking practices. They will also be expected to facilitate student success through active mentorship and innovative new learning experiences that prioritize access, inclusion, diversity and excellence. The successful candidate is expected to teach undergraduate students; regularly offer courses, among others, in sound design, sound recording, and post-production, and should the successful candidate be so qualified, production; collaborate with ASU colleagues on initiatives central to the growth of the film program; and serve the mission of community engagement central to The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and Arizona State University. We are in the process of revising our curriculum, diversifying our faculty, and asking ourselves what defines a new American film and media program as part of the New American University.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Education, Media, or a related field, and at least 3 years professional experience in sound for Film/TV work;
  • Record of professional Sound Design experience including audio recording, Foley, ADR, mixing and mastering for music and post-production with a strong track record of using AVID Pro Tools;
  • Record of active engagement with industry and professional organizations, both nationally and internationally;
  • Record of at least 3 years teaching sound at the post-secondary/university level, in the field of Sound Design/Audio Engineering with a focus on all aspects of industry standard and modern Sound Design, including technology/electronic media and innovative teaching approaches in the classroom;
  • Experience educating students, working with diverse populations, and promoting equity.

Desired Qualifications: Demonstrated success in one or more of the following areas:

  • AVID Pro Tools Certified Instructor to be part of the AVID Learning Partner program (ALP) OR vast experience in using AVID Pro Tools with preparedness to become an AVID Pro Tools Certified Instructor;
  • Knowledge of general film development, pre-production, production and post-production;
  • Broad knowledge of film/media history and appreciation for the cultural value and social impact of film, television and new media;
  • Broad experience in aspects of film and television production other than sound recording or sound design;
  • Experience developing new curriculum and coursework related to intermediate and advanced sound recording and engineering;
  • Experience teaching in online and/or hybrid environments.

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the four following items: (1) a letter of interest, (2) up to two pages on your approach to, and evidence of, diversity and inclusion through creative work/research, teaching, and/or service, (3) three examples of your creative work, submitted as digital files; (4) a curriculum vitae with contact information of three references.

All applications must be submitted electronically via

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is April 12, 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.

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