Lecturer, Postproduction/Visual Effects - The Sidney Poitier New American Film School

Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jul 15, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


The Sidney Poitier New American Film School at Arizona State University seeks a full-time Lecturer, Postproduction/Visual Effects, for the 2021-22 academic year. 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 herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

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.

The Lecturer, Postproduction/Visual Effects, will teach post-production classes including AVID Media Composer classes. These classes are required for film majors and classes typically have full enrollment. Other courses include: Introduction to VFX, focusing on the Adobe After Effects program as utilized by professional companies for visual effects from Hollywood to all types of professional, educational and corporate video work; and Advanced VFX classes. This faculty member will be expected to teach on the Tempe campus and to work in collaboration with the other units involved in the ASU at Mesa City Center facility in the area of visual effects technology, including potentially developing new courses and programs in gaming, VR/XR/AR, immersive entertainment, and non-entertainment based media storytelling (education, sciences, etc.)

For more information on The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, visit film.asu.edu.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in film or a related field of study;
  • Minimum of five years teaching media composition in higher education or equivalent professional teaching experience in diverse settings;
  • Demonstrated excellence in educating or working with university-level diverse populations and promoting equity;
  • Experience in film and media content creation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience or demonstrated potential and interest in teaching creative practices, post-production management/supervision, and general production technology;
  • Experience in visual effects in production;
  • Industry experience 15 plus years;
  • Experience teaching in online and/or hybrid environments.

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a small teaching portfolio, a diversity statement and contact information for three (3) professional references. All applications must be submitted electronically.

All applications must be submitted electronically via apply.interfolio.com/90510

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is July 30, 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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