Assistant Professor of Screenwriting

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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 Screenwriting 
Effective Date: August 17, 2023 (Fall Semester) 
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience 
Application Deadline: Review of applications is set to begin on or about November 15, 2022. Position open until filled (or recruitment canceled).

College of the Arts 
Department of Film and Electronic Arts

The Department of Film and Electronic Arts at California State University, Long Beach invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Screenwriting with expertise in film and television writing. Teaching screenwriting at “The Beach” means joining a dynamic and diverse media studies and production department that is engaged in an exciting curricular transformation. The successful candidate will play a central role in shaping the screenwriting curriculum to reflect the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion upon which our department is built.

Our department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Electronic Arts with seven tracks of specialization, one of which is screenwriting. During 18 units of workshop-style courses, students learn the art of writing the feature film and television pilot, and have the option to continue studying comedy writing, adaptations, and the production and business of television. Our students are passionate about the art of screenwriting, and the successful candidate will have the capacity to meet their level of enthusiasm and inspire them to push past preconceived obstacles and produce their best work. 

Required Qualifications:

  • M.F.A. in Screenwriting or terminal degree in a related field. Degree at time of application or official notification of completion of the terminal degree by August 1, 2023.
  • An emerging record of creative activity in screenwriting
  • Two years of experience teaching feature screenwriting or writing for television courses at the college level
  • Demonstrated commitment to developing and teaching an inclusive curriculum to a diverse student population, especially through intersectional approaches to gender, race, ethnicity, and class.
  • Demonstrated potential for sustained growth and success in research, scholarly, and creative activities
  • Experience with multiple modes of instruction (in-person, hybrid, online)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching multiple forms of screenwriting (short and feature length film, episodic/serial television, web series, video games)
  • An emerging record of screenwriting that reflects and elevates characters from underrepresented groups such as Feminist/Queer/Trans/LGBTQIA+; Black American/African/Diasporic; Latinx, Indigenous, AAPI; and/or differently abled communities
  • An established record of mentoring young screenwriters (particularly from underrepresented groups)
  • Specific knowledge of, and experience in, current industry screenwriting DEI initiatives
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing effective online instruction


  • Teach introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses including, but not limited to, feature screenwriting and writing for television. [Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.]
  • Develop and maintain ongoing research, scholarly, and creative activities leading to awards, presentations, and publications
  • 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 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 (maximum two pages, single-spaced)
  • CV
  • Teaching Philosophy Statement (maximum two pages, single-spaced)
  • Names and contact information for three references (to be contacted for confidential letters of recommendation should you reach the semi-finalists stage)
  • Semi-Finalists should also be prepared to submit:

        1) Samples from two different professional works (Maximum 30 pages for written samples or 10 minutes for video samples)

“Professional works” are defined as completed scripts that have won awards or honors at juried screenplay competitions; been  optioned or produced by recognized professional production companies; been held as a staged reading by local or regional groups based on juried decision; been published in whole or in part; and/or selected for competitive writing residencies, led to writing fellowships, writing awards, or grants.

2) Statement of current and future creative or research plans (maximum 1 page, single-spaced)

  • Two syllabi samples (to be submitted should you reach the finalist stage)
  • Finalists should be prepared to submit an official transcript (e-transcript preferred, if available) and references will be contacted via phone or e-mail prior to any offer of employment.

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: LaTanya Jones-Hamilton
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-2801

 (562) 985-5404 or E-Mail:   


A background check (including a criminal records check and telephone reference check with most recent employer) 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.

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 CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

CSU Vaccination Policy
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

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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