Assistant/Associate Professor of Sound Design

  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts, South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
  • Dec 20, 2019
Full time   Communications, Journalism, Film, TV

Job Description

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, located in Winston‐Salem (“The City of the Arts), was the first state‐supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston‐Salem in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,200 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talent students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. The chancellor, deans, and faculty work with students in a residential setting to create an educational community that is intimate, demanding, and performance-centered. Learning is enriched by access to an academic program responsive to a conservatory curriculum. Founded to be both an education institution and a resource enhancing the cultural life of the state of North Carolina and the Southeast, UNCSA offers numerous public performances, on‐ and off‐campus, as well as community education in the arts.

Established in 1993, the School of Filmmaking combines rigorous professional training with unparalleled facilities, equipment and resources – including Foley, ADR, scoring and 5.1 mixing stages, as well as Avid, DaVinci and ProTools suites. The program’s mission is to train talented students for professional careers in the film and television industries and stresses the collaborative nature of filmmaking in a rigorous conservatory atmosphere. The School of Filmmaking’s goal is to produce the “complete” filmmaking – a storyteller of unusual vision who knows how to use and value the components of the filmmaking arts. The School of Filmmaking offers a BFA in Animation, Cinematography, Directing, Editing & Sound Design, Producing, Production Design & Visual Effects, and Screenwriting, and an MFA in Creative Producing, Film Music Composition, and Screenwriting.


Description of Responsibilities and Duties

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is seeking a forward-thinking active professional with expertise in sound for film & television to join our faculty in the School of Filmmaking. The ideal candidate would have experience with all aspects of the production and post-production workflow in sound for film & television. A history of successful professional activity in these areas is essential and experience in higher education teaching is desirable. In addition to the technical expertise involved in the various stages of sound for film & television, successful candidates would convey a passion for storytelling and the role of sound in the storytelling process. Familiarity with digital games and immersive entertainment is a plus.

Active and sustained involvement in professional growth, service, and creative activities beyond the university is required to obtain rank promotion, as is excellence in teaching and participation in school governance.


Core Responsibilities:

  • Teach courses in sound design at the School of Filmmaking
  • Supervise students working on sound for student films
  • Serve as an advisor and mentor to students in the School of Filmmaking
  • Participate in departmental committee work
  • Recruit and interview prospective students
  • Participate in curriculum planning and innovation
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Dean of the School of Filmmaking

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications

The qualified candidate must have experience and demonstrated deep expertise in some aspect of the production or post-production workflow for film. Additional requirements include a master's degree in the teaching discipline or master's degree with a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline, or equivalent professional/experiential qualifications, or equivalent combination of education and professional experience.


Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include experience in multiple areas of the production and post-production workflow in sound for film, gaming, and/or immersive entertainment, and teaching experience at the university level along with the ability to assess program effectiveness.


Key Skills and Experience:

  • Familiarity with modern post-production sound techniques
  • Familiarity with professional practice in production audio, post-production audio, sound design, Foley, ADR, and re-recording mixing in various surround formats

Application Details

Applications, which must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and references, must be submitted through UNCSA's Human Resources website. Applications are currently being reviewed and this position is open until filled. To apply for this position, please visit the following link –



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