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Assistant Professor, 3D Animation – School of Art

School of Art

Job description:

The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks to hire an Assistant Professor of 3D Animation for a full-time tenure track appointment beginning August 2021. This position will serve undergraduate students in the new BFA concentration in Animation and contribute to the School of Art’s highly ranked MFA program.

About ASU:

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. The Herberger Institute comprises the schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

 

About the School of Art:

The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University prepares students for the creative and critical challenges of the global 21st century. Students are taught and mentored in an environment that values innovation, excellence and affordability. Our faculty’s active research allows us to offer a number of specialties unique to ASU and the southwest region. The School of Art has programs ranked nationally in the top 9 and our MFA program is ranked in the top 15 by U.S. News & World Report. Our facilities support a full range of artistic experimentation and exchange and include four public galleries. Our ties with the vibrant surrounding arts community are strong and include numerous internship opportunities and a robust visiting artist/scholar lecture series.

The new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a concentration in Animation prepares students to excel as animators and media artists within the realms of fine arts, design, cinema, television, games, online media, augmented and virtual reality, scientific and data visualization, robotics and other emerging fields. Course instruction modes include hybrid, online and in-person. This degree provides a world-class visual arts training in 2D and 3D animation, observational drawing, two and three-dimensional design, concept development, and film/video production. Animation courses focus on an aesthetic, technical, conceptual, theoretical and historical understandings of animation. A focus on skill development is balanced with an attention to professional practices, and conceptual and analytical thinking, contextualized through courses in history and theory. The position will serve undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Art.

The School of Art seeks a candidate with rich and varied skillsets in the field of animation. The successful candidate will assume a role in the program’s course development. The successful candidate will actively participate in the MFA and BFA degree programs and pursue a research agenda related to their expertise. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in teaching animation with the ability to formulate and instruct a variety of course offerings at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including studio, seminar and lecture courses, and mentoring graduate student thesis projects. The successful candidate will be able to develop and instruct in-person, hybrid, and on-line courses. The successful candidate will demonstrate a high degree of knowledge and expertise using the software application Maya, specifically 3D computer modeling, animation, texturing, lighting, and rigging. Additional responsibilities include student advising and service to the School of Art and curricular program. The successful candidate will have a collaborative mindset and seek to work across areas within the School of Art, HIDA, ASU, and the community.

Required qualifications: 

Required qualifications:

  • Master of Fine Arts degree or equivalent terminal degree;
  • Demonstrated evidence of professional activity and experience in 3D computer animation;
  • Demonstrated potential to achieve national or international recognition in creative research;
  • Demonstrated evidence of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching animation.
Desired qualifications: 

Desired qualifications:

  • Ability to teach all levels of undergraduate and graduate courses in 3D computer animation;
  • Experience developing and teaching online or hybrid courses;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of critical thinking and visual literacy;
  • Experience serving on MFA thesis committees
Instruction to apply: 

Instruction to apply:

Please submit:

  • Letter of interest addressing the candidate’s creative activity, teaching, and work experience
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Artist statement
  • Teaching statement
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement
  • Evidence of creative work in the form of either a link to a video portfolio or a website of selected works of not less than three works with a total running time of no more than 10 minutes (excerpts welcome)
  • Evidence of student work in the form of either a link to a video portfolio or a website of selected works with total running time of not more than 5 minutes. (excerpts welcome)
  • Applicants advancing to the second round of review may be asked to provide additional materials.

 All applications must be submitted electronically via https://apply.interfolio.com/81152.

Application deadline: 

Application deadline:

The application deadline is January 15, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

 

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. See ASU's complete non-discrimination statement at https://asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html. See ASU’s Title IX policy at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.

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