Assistant Professor of Critical Studies (American Cinema)

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Position: Assistant Professor of Critical Studies (American Cinema) 
Effective Date: August 17, 2022 (Fall Semester) 
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience 
Application Deadline: Review of applications to begin October 1, 2021. Position opened until filled (or recruitment canceled)

College of the Arts
Department of Film and Electronic Arts

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Film/Critical Studies/Cinema/Media Studies with specialization in American Cinema or related discipline. Degree at time of application or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree by August 1, 2022.
  • Demonstrated scholarship and publication records in one or more of the following fields: Black, Latinx, Asian-American, Indigenous, women’s, and LGBTQ cinemas
  • Ability to develop film and media courses that elevate underrepresented perspectives in the classroom, addressing the cultures and experiences of people of color in the United States especially through intersectional approaches to gender, race, ethnicity, and class
  • Two years of experience at the college level teaching film and media studies courses
  • Demonstrated commitment to developing and teaching an inclusive curriculum to a diverse student population
  • Demonstrated potential for sustained growth and success in research, scholarly and creative activities
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to teach a variety of American cinema and other film studies courses at the undergraduate level
  • Interest in the intersections between race or gender and emerging forms of digital culture or new media technologies
  • Evidence of familiarity with emerging critical trends and inclusive pedagogical practices in the areas of film and media history and theory
  • Expertise in developing effective online instruction


  • Teach core, lower, and upper division courses in film studies, in addition to new offerings in underrepresented fields of American cinema [Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.]
  • Develop and maintain ongoing research and scholarly activities
  • Collaborate with faculty to develop curriculum and coordinate/expand interdisciplinary collaborations and screening events with other departments on campus including study abroad initiatives
  • Engage in outreach, student mentoring, and involvement in student activities
  • Assist in identifying and recruiting part-time faculty
  • Act as program liaison with professionals in the field
  • Participate in service to the department, college, university, and local community

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions.  CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Information on the excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here:

How To Apply - Required Documentation:

  • An Equity and Diversity Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages, single-spaced). For further information and guidelines, please visit:
  • Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications
  • CV
  • Teaching Philosophy Statement (maximum two pages, single-spaced)
  • Three references (to be contacted by CSULB to provide confidential letters of recommendation should you reach the semi-finalists stage)
  • Semi-Finalists should be prepared to submit:
    • Scholarly writing sample (maximum 16 pages, single-spaced)
    • Statement of current and future research plans
  • Finalists should be prepared to submit:
    • Two syllabi samples
    • Official transcript from institution awarding highest degree (e-transcript preferred, if available)
    • Three phone references  

How to Apply: Click Apply Now icon to complete the CSULB online application

Requests for information should be addressed to:

California State University, Long Beach
Department of Film and Electronic Arts
Attn: Sharri Hefner
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-2801

E-Mail: or (562) 985-5404

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veteran’s status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


A background check (including a criminal record check and telephone reference check with most recent employer) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with 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.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in the CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race or ethnicity (including color or ancestry), nationality, religion or religious creed, gender (or sex), gender identity (including transgender), gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status,  disability (physical or mental), medical condition, genetic information, age, veteran or military status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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