Assistant Professor of Screenwriting - Department of CTVA - 24-58

  • California State University, Northridge
  • Northridge, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Feb 14, 2024
Full time Other Professional fields

Job Description


Assistant Professor of Screenwriting - Department of CTVA - 24-58

Tenure-Track Faculty Position Announcement

Department: Cinema and Television Arts

Faculty Hire Number: 24-58

Rank: Assistant Professor

Effective Date of Appointment: Fall 2024 (Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Salary Scale: Expected hiring range is $82,500 to $95,000 (Dependent upon qualifications)

CSUN's Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation, and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

As a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI), inclusiveness and diversity are integral to CSUN's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As of Fall 2023, CSUN enrolls ~36,000 students, where 55.7% are Latinx, 19.7% are White, 8.9% are Asian-American, 5.0% are Black/African American, 0.1% are Native American, and 0.1% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

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The department of Cinema and Television Arts at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is seeking a tenure-track faculty member in Screenwriting at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The successful candidate will teach screenwriting at the undergraduate and graduate levels and continue to pursue their own scholarly and creative research.

In addition to teaching, the position requires weekly office hours, attending faculty meetings, participation in assessment of student learning, and service to the department, college, and university. The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which he/she/they is/are housed for recommending tenure and promotion. Given CSUN's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement in a diverse environment, the successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable academic outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service.

Required Qualifications:
  • College or University-level in-person experience teaching screenwriting
  • Demonstrated professional experience in writing for television and/or film
  • MFA in Screenwriting or related field from an accredited institution; or a Bachelor's Degree with equivalent professional experience, training and expertise (i.e., a minimum of employment as a writer on one season of no fewer than 6 episodes, and/or 2 or more writing credits on a produced episodic series, motion picture or combination of the two).

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Evidence of or clear potential for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate screenwriting courses using culturally responsive pedagogy that leads to equitable outcomes for all students
  • Creative professional activity that includes working with students, individuals, groups and/or communities from diverse backgrounds
  • Evidence of effective engagement or potential to engage with a diverse student body, create a student-centered learning environment, and adopt inclusive approaches to mentoring
  • Evidence of successful creative achievement in writing scripted comedy

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin March 16, 2024. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

How to Apply:

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application. To apply and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:

Applicants must submit a cover letter and CV to the website in the section above. In later stages of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide additional materials, including the names and contact information for three professional references, syllabi and professional work.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work in the United States.

General Information:

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The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements 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.

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Nondiscrimination Policy. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Maria Valdez in the CTVA Office at 818-677-3192 or

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