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Assistant Professor of Film/Time-Based Media

Employer
California State University Channel Islands
Location
California, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Jul 23, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Communications, Film & Video
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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About the University:

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002 as the newest campus in the California State University system. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into one of the premier public universities, not only in the California State University system, but also in the nation. Indeed, U.S. News & World Report listed CSUCI as 20th among “Top Public Schools” in its 2021 edition of Best Colleges Rankings. In 2020, CollegeNET also ranked CSUCI 20th out of over 1,449 schools in its “Social Mobility Index,” and Money Magazine rated CSUCI as the 15th “Most Transformative College” in the nation.

CSUCI is a public comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The University is located in Ventura County and is home to more than 6,900 undergraduate and 239 graduate students. Approximately 55% of CSUCI’s students are Pell Grant eligible, and approximately 62% are first-generation college students. CSUCI is also proud to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with 55% of its undergraduate students self-identifying as Latinx, 25% as White, 6% as Asian/Asian American, 4% as multiracial, and 2% as Black/African American. In 2019, CSUCI was awarded Excelencia in Education’s inaugural “Seal of Excelencia” for its facilitation of Latinx student success.

CSUCI is committed to diversifying its faculty in order to address students’ ever-changing needs in the 21st century. The University is also taking steps to confront racism and to advocate for social justice. To this end, CSUCI encourages applicants to apply who are motivated to serve and contribute to the university’s tenure-track body, which self-identifies as 62% White, 21% Latinx, 9% Asian/Asian American, and 2% Black/African American.

 

Diversity Statement:

CSUCI is committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to furthering inclusive excellence in our campus community. We seek to enhance our diverse University population by welcoming people from all backgrounds, and by working to sustain an environment where colleagues can not only work and learn, but also create and thrive.

 

CSUCI Mission Statement:

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

 

CSUCI’s Commitment to You:

CSUCI is committed to helping newly hired faculty develop a sense of belonging in a collaborative and supportive community dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for establishing and sustaining a research agenda and engaging in continuous improvement in equitable teaching and learning.

 

About the Program: 

Our university is situated just an hour north of Los Angeles, a thriving center for art, media, and entertainment, in a picturesque location between the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.  CSUCI is the newest university of the CSU system, and as such there are many opportunities for innovative approaches.  The CSUCI Art Program uniquely combines fine art, design, digital media, and art history, embracing a multidisciplinary approach to artistic and creative production. We are looking for a colleague who can energetically engage students with technical and conceptual content, and the ideal candidate will have the ability to bridge traditional and digital media.

The Art Department at CSUCI is vibrant, interdisciplinary, and forward-looking. There are no ivory towers here (literally or figuratively), nor does our campus have any ivy-covered brick buildings (it’s Southern California, and most of the landscaping is native and drought tolerant). We embrace the offbeat, the unusual, the civic-minded, the culturally engaged, the active voice, and the conceptually challenging. 

This hire will be just the sixth full-time studio-based faculty member in our department, meaning there is room to innovate, to experiment, and to build out an area in a way that reflects a greater vision.

A large percentage of our students are the first in their family to attend college — they’ve made the bold decision to declare “art” as a major, and we seek to reward them by empowering them, and helping them to learn tangible skills so they can make a meaningful impact in the art world and in the creative industry.

Our faculty are relentlessly committed in the classroom, and equally committed in the pursuit of their practice.  We take our creative production seriously but we’re not afraid to make the learning experience enjoyable and fun. 

 

About the Position:

 First and foremost, the ideal candidates should have a genuine love of the moving image and an interest in sharing their knowledge, experience, and understanding of 4D media in a classroom and studio-based environment. This love might span historical films, world cinema, experimental and avant-garde pursuits, iconic Hollywood genres and sub-genres, underground film, the cinema of historically underrepresented groups, documentary-based explorations, pop culture gifs and memes, broadcast graphics, title sequences, or anything in between. 

Specifically, we are seeking a colleague who will mentor students in the context of upper- and lower-division video courses as well as courses in time-based imaging and motion graphics.  With our proximity to Los Angeles, this is an ideal location for a motivated 4D practitioner, and many of our students seek to be involved in the wealth of creative fields connected to the region.

Our department has the tools necessary to make teaching these classes a positive experience — there are multiple digital labs equipped with the latest software, as well as a wide array of dedicated cameras, lighting, and sound equipment. A small 832 square foot sound-proof studio serves well for classroom explorations.  Additionally, the candidate will be provided with an equipment budget to further outfit these courses with additional tools and equipment as necessary.

We invite applications from candidates with diverse research and unique teaching perspectives based on non-traditional educational backgrounds or from their personal experiences as members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education. Candidates whose work demonstrates a commitment to civically engaged research that bridges communities across boundaries of difference are encouraged to apply.

 

Minimum Degree Requirements:

Candidates must have an MFA (or an equivalent terminal degree) in New/Emerging Media, 4D Practice, Film/Video, (or a closely related field) by the start of the appointment.

 

Required Qualifications:

Individuals with demonstrated excellence in university-level or community college-level teaching are encouraged to apply. (Note: this can also include Teaching Assistant-based experience, or instances where a graduate student has served as the “instructor of record.”)

Candidates should be active and practicing in a Film or Time-Based Media-Related field, with a growing record of creative work exhibited/displayed/screened in a variety of possible settings, including: festivals, museums, galleries, alternative spaces, online venues, and/or other traditional, experimental, community-based settings.

The submitted portfolio links should demonstrate evidence of high-level skills related to 4D media, and candidates should showcase relevant technical know-how. An understanding of industry-standard equipment, cameras, lighting, and software (Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and/or After Effects, etc.) is essential. Candidates should have teaching experience in 4D related fields including video and/or motion/broadcast graphics.                                                  

Applicants should demonstrate the commitment to effectively work with and engage a diverse student population and evidence of how they would successfully mentor minoritized students with special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian, and Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander students.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

The Art Department is especially interested in candidates who are creative, innovative, hands-on, practitioners.  Enthusiasm and energy are significant for this position, and should also resonate in a candidate’s submission materials when applying for this position.  We are excited to hire a colleague who is interested in collaborating as a core member of a dedicated faculty with a genuine interest in helping students succeed.

We seek a dynamic individual who is capable as both a conceptual and technical practitioner – essentially someone who can embrace experimental artistic production as well as the more commercial applications of the medium.

Experience working with a wide range of digital cameras, lighting, and any additional tools (Nuke, DaVinci Resolve, and/or Cinema 4D, etc.) would be a positive, but more important, we seek candidates who are driven to continue learning the tools of the trade and motivated to stay up-to-date for the benefit of creating a positive classroom experience. Candidates with more expertise in motion design as opposed to filmmaking, or vice versa, should not be discouraged from applying, as long as they are enthusiastic about teaching in both fields.

 

Responsibilities:

A full-time courseload will typically consist of three classes per semester (approximately 18 units per year). In addition to teaching, faculty are expected to maintain a professional/creative/artistic practice; serve on university committees; advise students; and participate in curriculum development and other departmental activities.

Specific courses taught by the Assistant Professor of Film/Time-Based Media would likely include:

  • Art 212 - Video Production
  • Art 325 - Digital Media Art: Digital Filmmaking
  • Art 312 - Digital Media Art: Time-based Imaging
  • Art 322 - Digital Media Art: Time-based Compositing and Visual Effects

As the department continues to grow, we foresee opportunities to expand and diversify courses according to a particular candidate’s area of research. An interest in teaching a film history course would also be a positive.
 

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin 10/4/2021. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

 

Applicants must submit the following materials: 

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (which includes a record of teaching experience, courses taught, and creative activities)
  • Artist’s Statement
  • Artist’s Biography
  • Contact Information for Three Professional References
  • 5 to 10 Samples of Student Work
  • Recent Students Evaluations
  • Portfolio (Please see important note below)

Note: In the “Portfolio Samples” section of this application, candidates are encouraged to submit a link to a highlight reel that provides an overview of their creative work. Please also include links for 5 to 10 additional full-length samples of work, or as many samples as necessary in order to best represent your creative activities. Portfolio materials can take the form of a personal website, a YouTube channel, a Vimeo page, a PDF consisting of still images/slides, a Google Drive link, a Behance page, and/or any other easily accessible media platforms.

Please double-check to ensure that links and the subsequent media are functional and accessible from a variety of computers.  If a password is necessary to access online content, please provide that password, and again, ensure that it is easily accessible.

  • A statement describing your experience mentoring and/or working with minoritized students with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander and American Indian students, and
  • A teaching philosophy describing how you plan to engage and interact with students, with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, and American Indian students.

 

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

Submit all required materials to the CSUCI Jobs application web address below:

https://jobs.csuci.edu.

 

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule:

Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

 

General Information:

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

CSUCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096.  

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Faculty Affairs at academicpersonnel@csuci.edu.  

 

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