Department Chair - Cinematic Arts (F477)

California, Azusa, USA
May 23, 2017
Azusa Pacific
Faculty Jobs
Arts & Humanities
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running.

Position Title: Department Chair, Associate or Full Professor of Cinematic Arts

Position Tracking Number: F477

School/College: College of Music and the Arts

Department: Cinematic Arts

Location: Azusa campus


The Azusa Pacific University Department of Cinematic Arts invites applications for the position of Department Chair, appointment to begin August 1, 2017. The department, which consists of six full-time faculty members, offers a B.A. in Cinematic Arts, BFA in Cinematic Arts Production, BFA in Screenwriting, and an MA. in Screenwriting. The Department is in the process of launching a B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects as well as a B.A. in Digital Gaming and Interactive Media.


The Chair serves as the chief administrative officer of the department and provides leadership in the area of teaching, research, faculty engagement, student development, fiscal management, fundraising, and external affairs. The Chair reports to the Dean of the College of Music and the Arts (CMA) and works with the Dean's office on faculty recruitment and development, program assessment and curriculum development, student recruitment and retention, development, and budget management.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses and will, with the assistance of the undergraduate and graduate associate deans, coordinate affairs of the department. Applicants should demonstrate an active career in any field of cinema or related media. The successful candidate should also have prior leadership and/or administrative experience and should be able to demonstrate the ability to build consensus and inspire students and faculty. May be needed to work at alternative teaching sites.

Level: Associate or Full Professor. Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications.

Qualifications: Earned terminal degree in a cinematic arts discipline or related field and a commitment to teaching excellence and industry connectivity.

Experience: Experience in higher-education teaching in cinema or related field. Demonstrated success in leadership. Experience in Christian higher education is especially desired.

Workload: 12-month contract.

Mental Demands:

  • Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
  • Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.

Hire Date: Open until filled. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2017.

Additional Information:

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Application Procedure:

To apply, visit Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.

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