San Jose State University — Assistant / Associate Professor in Sound Design, Mixing and Post-Production

San José State University – San José, California
Subject to Budgetary Approval

Specialization: Sound Design, Mixing and Post-Production
Job Opening ID (JOID): 25147
Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure-track)

Description: SJSU Department of Film and Theatre offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in Sound Design, Mixing and Post-Production beginning August 2020. We seek a colleague with expertise producing sound for a range of visual media platforms including film, digital and streaming platforms, interactive media, animation, gaming formats or other emerging media formats, and who can teach across fiction, non-fiction, experimental or hybrid forms. We seek a specialist who can guide students in sound creation, recording, editing, effects, mixing and/or composing for film. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to enhancing the diversity and overall excellence of the academic community.

Required Qualifications:

  • MFA, or MA in Cinema or a related field
  • Professional experience as an active filmmaker and/or sound designer/mixer
  • Record of teaching cinema sound production and/or post-production across a broad spectrum of cinematic and media arts at the undergraduate level
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with others in a small, dynamic department
  • Applicants should demonstrate an 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

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated success in college-level teaching and professional-level entertainment industry experience. Preferred qualifications include:

  1. Demonstrated artistic achievement in sound design for film
  2. Demonstrated commitment to teaching sound design, recording and mixing in a hands-on, student-centered teaching environment
  3. Proficiency with professional recording and mixing software and hardware for field and studio experience with digital technologies and equipment as related to professional-level audio production and post-production
  4. Demonstrated ability to produce design support to professional standards and on deadline
  5. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  6. Demonstrated experience working successfully in teams and in collaboration across disciplines of television, radio, film, theatre, and/or music. The ideal candidate will have extensive professional experience in film sound, post sound editing, and final multi-channel mixing and experience mentoring film undergraduate students in the conceptualization, planning, execution, and presentation of sound for their projects.


  • Design and teach introductory and advanced level courses in best practices for sound recording for film, including topics such as: microphone pick patterns, microphone placement, sound isolation, production sound mixing, use of recording equipment; supervising and recording ADR/voice and Foley room recording technique, as well as post sound editing and final multi-channel mixing
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works
  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities
  • Advise and mentor students, and participate in student recruitment
  • Participate in the development and promotion of production design and technology in the department and across the college
  • Perform committee and other service at the department, college, and university levels
  • Participate and record of leadership in curriculum development and teaching of other courses to meet the needs of the program and its students
  • Develop and sustain an ongoing record of research, creative activities, and other professional engagement
  • Record of contributing to collegial, supportive and collaborative work environments.

Candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience 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.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Starting Date: August 13, 2020
Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedures:
For full consideration, submit a (1) letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a two-page statement of teaching interests, experience, and/or philosophy, (4) a two-page statement describing the candidate’s plans to engage undergraduate students in film production and studies, (5) a two-page statement of the candidate’s experience and/or future plans to promote equity, inclusion, or diversity in film, (6) Link to an online portfolio and/or inclusion of research and creative work, (7) and three letters of recommendation with contact information by January 6, 2020 by 11:59PM to Please include Job Opening ID 25147 on all correspondence.

Questions may be directed to: Elisha Miranda, Chair of the Department of Film and Theatre at

San José State University enrolls over 33,000 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. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upward mobility. 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.

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are 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.

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