Film Department Chair; Assistant Professor in History and Theory of Contemporary Art

The San Francisco Art Institute invites applications for the following academic leadership and tenure-track faculty positions:

Chair–Film Department
Position to start in Fall 2013
Seeking a film and video practitioner/ theorist for conceptual and strategic leadership in a fine arts-based film program. The Film department at SFAI has been widely recognized as the leading exponent of diverse genres of filmmaking and has been one of the world’s cradles of experimental filmmaking. Currently, SFAI has the challenge and opportunity of remaking the film program for a new era.

Core teaching responsibilities include introductory through advanced courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates are required to participate in leadership roles, curricular development, and work across the studio departments and interdisciplinary programs.

Candidates must hold an MFA or demonstrate equivalent experience and accomplishment as an artist and/or scholar of the moving image, and a strong track record of teaching and research at the university level. Significant experience in the practice, history, and theory of film, video, and new media are desirable. Appointment at Associate or Full Professor based on qualifications.

Application Deadline: January 14, 2013
Electronic submission only

Assistant Professor of History and Theory of Contemporary Art
Tenure-track position to start in Fall 2013
Seeking a professional scholar with a specialization in contemporary art and theory. Candidates should have an understanding of recent developments in contemporary art with a global perspective, and a strong track record in publishing and teaching.

Candidates are required to teach in the undergraduate and graduate levels, and are expected to participate in leadership roles, curricular development, and work across departmental and interdisciplinary programs.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent record of scholarly achievement. Candidates should have an active professional practice and be recognized in their field for their scholarly work; exhibit potential for directing/overseeing teaching, research, and graduate study; have proven ability and willingness to participate in institutional affairs; and demonstrate significant experience in the teaching of contemporary art, especially within programs serving both fine artists and scholars.

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How to Apply
Electronic submission only

Applications must include a letter of application addressing teaching philosophy and research interests; curriculum vitae; examples of written and/ or visual work; and names and addresses of three references. Applicants will be asked to indicate whether they will be attending the 2013 CAA conference in New York.

Application Deadline: For priority consideration, applications must be received by January 14, 2013.

The San Francisco Art Institute is an equal opportunity employer and considers the diversity of its students, faculty and staff to be an essential characteristic of an academic community committed to excellence in education.

About the San Francisco Art Institute
Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art. For over 140 years, SFAI has been known for producing generations of students, artists, scholars, and creative leaders who have profoundly shaped the cultural life of the United States and abroad. SFAI’s innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum is informed by a strong tradition of rigorous studio work and research in all the visual arts. Balanced with that tradition is an equally strong emphasis in critical thinking, openness to ideas, support for individual perspective, and the teaching of artistic and cultural traditions beyond the Western model. SFAI offers BFA and BA degrees, MFA and MA degrees (academic year and summer options), a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, a dual MFA/MA degree and a range of continuing education and public programs. SFAI enrolls more than 600 students in the degree program and employs 23 full-time and approximately 80 part-time faculty members. For more information, visit