Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Director: School of Theatre, Television, and Film

The Director of the School of Theatre, Television, and Film will provide visionary leadership while working collaboratively with the faculty and staff to foster innovative curriculum and teaching, strong research and creative activity, and engagement within the university, in the community, and across the professions served by the School.

The Director is the chief administrator of the School and works with faculty, students and support staff in programs offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts and represents the School to both on-campus and off-campus stakeholders. While retaining ultimate fiscal responsibility, the Director supervises the strong support personnel responsible for departmental budgets and for facilities management; coordinates class schedules and curriculum; builds and sustains relationships with alumni and with philanthropic and corporate communities for fundraising; and develops long-term strategic plans in consultation with faculty and staff. The Director will be the person primarily responsible for expressing a vision for the future of the School. The successful candidate will bring professional values that strengthen inclusion, diversity, equity, and access across the broad constituencies served by the School.


  • The successful candidate is expected to hold an MFA or PhD in a field of television, film, and/or theatre arts, or hold a terminal degree in arts management related to these fields.
  • The candidate must have experience in university-level teaching and a record of research / creative activity, or equivalent professional experience in institutions with national scope, that justifies appointment as a full professor with tenure in the School.
  • Experience in academic administration with additional professional management in the Theatre, TV or Film industries strongly desired.
  • The successful candidate will bring demonstrated experience in community outreach and community relations, and will possess the interpersonal skills and abilities needed to be effective in fundraising.
  • Experience in working with diverse student populations.

In addition to the above qualifications, we invite candidates who share many of the following experience and interests:

  • Background in creative work that may include hands-on experience in film and/or theatre and/or digital media production that indicate significant achievement.
  • A wide cultural frame of reference in the arts and humanities, encompassing media arts and theatre, as well as related fields of art, music, and literature.
  • Successful experience in international / intercultural outreach.
  • Ability to oversee a variety of operational staff whose responsibilities include professional theatres, television studios, production facilities, equipment checkout, editing bays, classrooms, and studio spaces.
  • Leadership experience, or membership and activity, in appropriate professional organizations.
  • Experience working with academic budgets and revenue sources.
  • Demonstrable talent in consensus building, strategic planning, visioning, and innovation.
  • Experience in a robust theatre, tv and/or film production program as a producer, director, and/or designer.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the distinct needs of different programs within the School and the ability to integrate program strengths to achieve the School’s mission.
  • A commitment to transparency and to shared governance.
  • An understanding of the responsibility of a public university to encourage and support freedom of expression and academic freedom.

Faculty appointment with administrative responsibilities and eligible for appointment to the rank of full professor. Salary nationally competitive. The School of Theatre, Television, and Film is committed to practicing policies of inclusion, equity, diversity, and access in student advising, faculty hiring and mentoring, and the tenure and promotion process. We encourage applicants whose teaching experience and/or research activity demonstrate commitment to working with underrepresented populations and communities.

Applicants should submit a letter of intent summarizing the candidate’s qualifications (including a statement of leadership philosophy), full curriculum vita, and names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin January 10, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply via Interfolio at

    Inquiries should be directed to:
    Search Committee
    School of Theatre, Television, and Film
    San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Drive
    San Diego, CA 92182-7601

Review of applications will begin January 10, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.


The School of Theatre, Television, and Film provides high quality education for undergraduate and graduate students that emphasizes excellence in the arts and technology, grounded in conceptual and historical foundations. Leading by example, the School’s faculty helps students realize their creative potential as artists, scholars, leaders, and global citizens who celebrate cultural diversity and promote social equality through theoretical explorations and practical experience. Courses combine concept and craft to lead students from critical analysis through problem solving into practical action and the production of tangible products.
Please visit the THEATRE, TELEVISION, AND FILM website.

The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises 11 diverse departments / schools committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors geared to enhancing the human enterprise. The College is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social, and technical fields. The College highly values interdisciplinary studies.

With more than 1500 faculty and over 33,000 students, San Diego State University is one of the largest universities in the western United States. Located in a large and ethnically diverse metropolitan center bordering Mexico and on the Pacific Rim, the University uses the social, cultural, scientific, and technical resources of this region to enrich its teaching and research programs. SDSU celebrated its centennial in 1997 and currently offers the Bachelor's degree in 78 areas, the Master's degree in 62 and the Doctorate in 14. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. SDSU is an established and acknowledged leader in the 23-campus California State University system.
Please visit the SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY website.

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 requirement 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.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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