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Assistant Professor, Cinematography, School of Cinema
San Francisco State University

Date Posted Sep. 13, 2022
Title Assistant Professor, Cinematography, School of Cinema
University San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date August 2023
  • Assistant Professor
  • Film/Video

Assistant Professor, Cinematography, School of Cinema

Job No: 518774
Work Type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

San Francisco State University School of Cinema offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Cinematography beginning August 2023. We seek a colleague with notable experience in cinematography and lighting, bringing a creative and innovative vision to the screen. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment -- through their creative works, teaching, and service -- to the diversity and excellence of our academic community/department/program.

Founded during the political activism and artistic experimentation of the 1960s, the School of Cinema fosters and champions cinematic expressions that challenge social and artistic norms, take creative risks, promote social justice, and express the diversity of human experience. The School of Cinema has been recognized for multiple years as one of the top 25 film schools in the United States, according to The Hollywood Reporter, The Independent, and Filmmaker, with a distinguished faculty of award-winning fiction, documentary, and experimental filmmakers, and scholars specializing in feminist theory, international and American cinema, sexuality studies, and film sound/voice. The School serves more than 50 graduate students (MA and MFA) and more than 900 undergraduate majors whose work has been distinguished by honors ranging from scholarly publication and conference presentations to creative recognition via numerous Princess Grace Awards, official selection in the Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, SXSW, Frameline, the Flaherty Seminar, and many others.

The mission of San Francisco State University 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 the City of San Francisco and the 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. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.


The position requires undergraduate and/or graduate teaching in cinematography and lighting; mentoring and advising undergraduate and/or graduate students; developing and maintaining a robust program in film production; and ongoing committee and service assignments.



  • M.F.A. or equivalent terminal degree in Cinema or related field. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment
  • Active record of filmmaking in the position of director of photography/cinematography with a body of peer-reviewed film works.
  • Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students


  • Record of college-level teaching contributions and proven excellence in the classroom, in the areas of: cinematography and lighting; 16mm film production; bringing cinematic vision to the screen; leading pre-production, production, and post-production; or related areas.
  • Active film work with a record of exhibition (i.e., film festivals, streaming platforms, theatrical runs) and recognition (i.e., reviews, awards)
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching and/or scholarship and/or creative works
  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically underrepresented communities
  • Record of contributing to supportive and collaborative work environments
  • Knowledge and experience in, special effects and digital media; the use of cameras in non-cinematic contexts such as drones, AR/VR, videogame design, interactive platforms, etc.

Rank and salary

Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits.


A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration.

To apply please upload the following materials:
1. Cover letter (relating your experience to the required qualifications)
2. Curriculum vitae
3. A diversity statement that is no more than 500 words that provides an understanding of your capabilities to address diversity in support of SFSU's diverse student and community populations. Please discuss how you have addressed diversity in your teaching, research, and service. 4. Up to three (3) samples of creative work demonstrating your work as a cinematographer. Streaming links preferred.

Names and contact information of three references who will provide letters of recommendation upon request.

Application review begins Monday, November 14, 2022. Please direct all questions about the position to: Weimin Zhang, Professor, at

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager. Additional information on the requirements for new hires may be found at the Human Resources web page ( ).

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