Assistant Professor, Visual Communications (emphasis: cinematography)

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 08, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 075527 Job Title Assistant Professor, Visual Communications (emphasis: cinematography) Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate w/ Experience FLSA Status Exempt Hours

As determined by the department chair and senior associate dean

Job Type Full-time Rank Assistant Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University invites applicants to apply for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Visual Communications ( VIS ) department to begin Fall 2021.

The successful candidate will primarily teach various forms of cinematography, video storytelling and production for students studying video and photography. Candidates who have both cinematography and directing in in their background are highly desirable.

While the main responsibility is to teach video storytelling and production broadly, the ideal candidate should also demonstrate versatility and specialization, in both practice and teaching, in at least one of the following:

- Cinematography
- Lighting
- Directing and producing
- Production design
- Post-production supervision and workflow, including editing, color-correction, finishing, and media management

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate potential for conducting academic scholarship or producing industry-related creative activity that will position the hire as a recognized expert in the field. Participation in service and committee work for the department, the Newhouse School, and Syracuse University is expected.


A master’s degree or higher is preferred.

Candidates must have significant professional experience in the practice of visual storytelling as it relates to cinematography and video production, specifically the camera and lighting departments.

Candidates must be recognized nationally and internationally for their work in at least one of the following areas: short-form or long-form feature and episodic (scripted or unscripted), documentary, commercial and advertising, and/or music videos.

The successful candidate will share our department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in visual communications education. The person hired will be proficient in communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize his/her effectiveness with diverse groups of students, colleagues, and community members.

Job Specific Qualifications

Candidates should demonstrate their ability to instruct others by drawing upon their experience with current industry technologies and equipment utilized by professionals for top-tier productions. Being versed in current technological trends, a problem solver, and a good team player are essential, as one of the key values and strengths of the school lies in collaboration and interdisciplinary praxis for students and faculty alike.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the potential to engage ambitious undergraduate, graduate and military program students in one of the preeminent visual communications programs in the country.

Courses the hire might teach range from: the Newhouse first-year foundational Multimedia Storytelling course, which is required of all undergraduate students across all departments; basic, intermediate and advanced courses; the department’s undergraduate senior-level capstone and graduate thesis project courses; basic and advanced courses for our military students; as well as other topics that reflect evolving production practices in the industry.


In addition to an academic year teaching load and pursuing a research/creative agenda that brings national visibility to the School, this faculty member will also engage in a variety of service duties, including academic and career advising of undergraduate and graduate students, school and university committee service, curriculum development and assessment, and community/industry outreach.
Department-specific service includes participating in and leading department workshops, such as our annual Fall Workshop; and assisting efforts to create international experiences for our students.

This hire will help the VIS Department set the direction of the cinematography program for both our civilian and military populations.

The candidate should demonstrate an ability to connect technology to the enhancement of story experiences for users and viewers of media. This hire should also be willing to explore, innovate and potentially teach with experimental and emerging platforms, including virtual and augmented reality.


Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

About Newhouse:

Widely regarded as the nation’s leading school of communications, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University is home to approximately 2,000 undergraduates, 180 residential master’s degree students, 200 online master’s degree students and 15 doctoral degree students. They are among the best in the country, having secured a place in the class through a highly competitive admissions process. The typical admitted first-year student has a 3.8 GPA .

The school’s 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex is a leading-edge learning environment where students are exposed to the tools and technologies used by professionals in the field. Features include Dick Clark Studios, a high-tech entertainment production facility that rivals many Hollywood studios; the Diane and Bob Miron Digital News Center, complete with a contemporary news set, a green screen, state-of-the-art lighting systems and cameras; the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation, a creative hub where Newhouse expertise in content development and production meets the latest media technology and programming trends; the Emerging Insights Lab, a state-of-the-art social media command center; and the Collaborative Media Room, home to the student-produced multimedia news site, The NewsHouse.

In January 2020, the S.I. Newhouse Foundation announced a $75 million gift to the Newhouse School, the largest donation to Syracuse University in its 150-year history and one of the largest ever to any communications school.

To learn more about the Newhouse School, visit

About the VIS Department:

The Visual Communications Department is regarded as one of the best in the nation. Its 10 full-time faculty/staff members, complemented by a specialized adjunct force, prepare future leaders in visual storytelling industries — primarily video production, motion graphics, photography, graphic design, and immersive storytelling (AR/VR) — by introducing students to principles, theories and strategies of storytelling; practices and systems of production, distribution and exhibition; as well as the economic, political and social impact of their work on the world.

We value a global perspective and experiences, which are exemplified through The Alexia Grants and The Center for Global Engagement, both of which are run by VIS faculty members.

The department is one of the most versatile in the Newhouse School. With slightly over 50 undergraduate video and photography majors, 60 undergraduate design majors, and 18 graduate students, its size helps foster a tight-knit community, yet is large enough to allow for a variety of collaborative projects and workshops — both in Syracuse and around the world. Our program consists of a mix of core requirements and an extensive selection of elective coursework, which empowers students to customize their programs of study. Majors also can study abroad — over 100 programs in 60 countries. VIS students continue to earn national recognition of their creative work through a variety of video, photography and design competitions and film festivals.

Alumni pursue a wide variety of careers that include work as filmmakers, film editors, cinematographers, documentary photographers, visual producers, picture editors, photojournalists, commercial/advertising photographers, designers (motion graphics, UIUX, immersive design, traditional graphic design), and media educators. They are found in numerous leadership positions and often return to campus to share their knowledge.

For close to 50 years, we have also taught an array of skills to advanced photojournalists from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines through the Military Visual Journalism Program.

To learn more about the Visual Communications department, please visit:

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a curriculum vitae and cover letter that identifies how your experience, professional and teaching, will translate into and support our active academic setting. Please describe how your past experience has equipped you with the ability to contribute to the School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education, the student experience and how you can have the greatest impact on our community.

Application Instructions:
Applications should include the following:
• Cover letter that identifies the ways in which professional experience will translate into the classroom.
• Resume/vitae
• Portfolio website URL
• List of four references with knowledge of your work, including name, title, address and email/phone contact information for each reference.

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive with full consideration given to those received by February 28, 2021. The search will continue until this position is filled.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Quick Link Job Posting Date 01/08/2021 Application Deadline Open Until Filled Yes Priority Consideration 03/05/2021 Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants

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