Visiting Assistant Professor-Cinematography

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Visiting Assistant Professor-Cinematography



The School of Film and Media Arts at Cleveland State University is seeking applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in Film & Media Arts – Cinematography, starting August 22, 2022. CSU is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. CSU is striving to be a nationally recognized and student-focused public research institution that provides accessible, affordable, and Engaged Learning opportunities for all. This position will teach four courses per semester and engage in service duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will have professional experience in cinematography and lighting design for film, video, and media arts. Current and fluent knowledge of advanced processes and techniques in professional high definition video formats, and significant experience with digital tools, techniques and workflows are essential. Candidates should be able to teach a broad variety of film and media arts courses particularly beginning and advanced cinematography, as well as beginning, intermediate and advanced film production classes.

Located on the top floor of the Idea Center building in downtown Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, the School of Film & Media Arts has a 72 credit BFA program focused on the creation of original work with six tracks: Writing and Directing, Writing and Producing, Acting and Directing, Cinematography, Post-Production and Interactive Media. The state-of-the-art 36,000 square foot facility includes a 10gb network with Avid Nexis media server, iMac teaching labs, two sound stages, a well-equipped equipment cage and spectacular views of the city and Lake Erie.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MFA in film (or a related field)
  • Two years of professional experience in cinematography, lighting, and film production
  • Successful teaching experience at the university level
  • Evidence of deep familiarity with professional production processes, equipment and techniques for narrative filmmaking
  • Ability to contribute through teaching and/or service to the diversity, cultural sensitivity, and excellence of the CSU community

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years teaching experience at the university level
  • National/international narrative film cinematography credits
  • Experience and familiarity with Sony cinema cameras and other professional film production tools and techniques

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants are invited to submit:

  1.    Cover letter
  2.    Detailed Curriculum Vitae (include client list, if applicable)
  3.    Teaching Philosophy
  4.    Production list/exhibition record with links to viewable work (including reel, if applicable)
  5.    Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  6.    Complete contact information for three references (including name, organizational affiliation, address, e-mail address, and telephone number)
  7.    Unofficial transcripts
  8.    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Cleveland State University is an urban campus serving a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student body. Diversity is extremely important to CSU. Explain your experience serving diverse students and how you will make a positive contribution to CSU’s diverse community.

Note:  The successful candidate is required to submit an official transcript before their contract can be prepared.

Questions should be directed to Maria Gigante, Search Committee Chair, School of Film and Media Arts at

Preference will be given to applications received by May 2, 2022.  Applications will be exclusively accepted online at

Applicant Instructions 

It is the policy of Cleveland State University to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Hire is contingent upon the maintenance of existing levels of funding from the State of Ohio. Offer of employment is contingent on satisfactory completion of the University’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or University policies or practices, including but not limited to a criminal background check.