The Department of Film and Theatre, housed within the College of Humanities & Arts, seeks qualified candidates for a full-time Assistant Professor in Radio-Television-Film Studies with a Ph.D. in film/media history, research, theory, and criticism. This is not a production position. Candidates whose work is informed by Ethnic Studies or intersectional issues of ethnicity, class, and/or gender are encouraged to apply. The department encourages public-facing scholarship, and the successful candidate will demonstrate facility in historical, theoretical, and humanistic approaches to cinema and related media.
The department embraces a diverse and fluid set of creative practices and critical methodologies driven by nationally and internationally recognized scholars and professionals. Faculty are committed to a collective mission of teaching and research to support student growth. We emphasize the ethical dimension of creative practice and scholarship within a global context and in relationship to the dynamics of power--including those of class, gender, race, and geopolitics-as they pertain to visual, spatial, performing, institutional, ideological, and scholarly practices.
Our mission is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of San Jose and the greater Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. Learn more about our department community at https://www.sjsu.edu/filmandtheatre/
This position offers an opportunity to forge further connections to different college and campus units and is also an excellent opportunity for film/media scholars interested in launching a career at a teaching-scholar institution. The university is a national leader in graduating historically underserved students. SJSU has achieved both HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander- Serving Institution) status. Moreover, 40% of our student population are first-generation and 38% are Pell- qualified. As a result, we rank third nationally in increasing student upward mobility.
• Ph.D. in Film and/or Media Studies.
• Expertise in the history, research, theory, and criticism of Film and/or Media Studies.
• Experience teaching Introduction to Film/Media, Film/Media History, Media and Culture, research, theory, and criticism, as well as general education curricula (both lower division and upper division), within these fields.
• Experience teaching online and utilizing learning management systems.
• Promise of interesting research productivity through one or more published peer-reviewed journal articles or book chapters in Film and/or Media Studies.
• Knowledge of interdisciplinary trends in the field of film/media history, theory, and criticism including but not limited to cultural studies and issues of race, gender, sexual identities and orientation, class, and/or immigration.
• Willingness to examine and re-mediate one's instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support historically underserved students.
• Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.
• Experience with academic advising and mentorship.
• Demonstrated service to program and department units.
• An understanding of historical patterns of systemic exclusion of Black/African American, Latinx American, Native American, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and/or other racially and nationally minoritized peoples.
• Demonstrated teaching and scholarship framed within a regional, national, and/or transnational framework.
• Demonstrated ability to connect film aesthetics to other media (e.g., radio, television), to the study of industries, and/or to the politics or economics or cultures of international cinemas and related media.
• Experience in curricular development of required and elective courses within a Radio-Television-Film or equivalent major.
• Presentations at regional, national, and/or international peer-reviewed conferences.
• Participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
• Design and teach introductory and advanced level courses in Film and/or Media studies, including special topics on international cinema/media, race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual identities and orientation, immigration and/or other inclusive topics.
• Participate in curricular development and teaching of courses to meet the needs of the RTVF program and the Department of Film and Theatre's diverse student population.
• Develop and sustain an ongoing record of research and scholarship, as well as other forms of professional engagement.
• Demonstrate awareness and experience in understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity-in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation-through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement.
Compensation - Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.
Starting Date: August 2021
Eligibility - Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents below by the application deadline on February 1, 2021.
• Letter of interest
• Curriculum Vitae
• Statement of teaching interests/philosophy that describes what role faculty play in student success
• Statement of research plans (2 pages) that addresses the relationship of research activities to the classroom and teaching
• Diversity Statement (2 pages) that addresses the following question: How does your teaching and/or scholarship foster a commitment to an inclusive and diverse academic community of faculty, staff and students?
• Three references with contact information
Inquiries may be directed to the Department Chair Elisha Miranda (firstname.lastname@example.org).
San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.
San José State University is California's oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley's public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23- campus California State University (CSU) system.
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