sfai news

November 16, 2012

San Francisco Art Institute Seeks Film Department Chair and Assistant Professor in History and Theory of Contemporary Art

The San Francisco Art Institute announced today a national search for two new tenure-track faculty hires for the Fall 2013 semester: a Film Department Chair and an Assistant Professor in History and Theory of Contemporary Art. Candidates for these two academic leadership positions must apply by January 14, 2013.

To fill the role of Film Department Chair, SFAI seeks a film and video practitioner/theorist to provide conceptual and strategic leadership for SFAI’s fine arts-based film program. For the Assistant Professor of History and Theory of Contemporary Art position, SFAI seeks a professional scholar with a specialization in contemporary art and theory; someone with an understanding of recent developments in global contemporary art and a strong track record in publishing and teaching. For full details about both positions, click here.

“These new positions, and others to follow, offer a tremendous opportunity to shape SFAI’s curriculum, programs, and faculty for the coming decades,” said Jennifer Rissler, Acting Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at SFAI. “Our new Film Department Chair will spearhead the process of remaking SFAI’s iconic film program—once home to renowned filmmakers George Kuchar, Sidney Peterson, and Bruce Conner. The new Assistant Professor will cultivate the critical study of contemporary art and culture at SFAI, an institution at the epicenter of West Coast contemporary art history.”

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.