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Assistant/Associate/Full Clinical Professor of VFX – The Sidney Poitier New American Film School Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University

The Sidney Poitier New American Film School


The Sidney Poitier New American Film School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University (located in Mesa, Tempe and Los Angeles) seeks applications for a dynamic visual effects (VFX) specialist at the rank of Assistant/Associate/Full Clinical Professor, to begin in Fall 2024. This full-time, fixed-term position will be located at two of ASU’s Poitier Film School locations—the ASU Tempe Campus and the Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center in Mesa, AZ.

The Sidney Poitier New American Film School inspires the next generation of diverse filmmakers and storytellers. The primary responsibility for this position will be teaching in-person VFX classes to undergraduate students. The ideal candidate will develop curriculum and provide instruction for film. The successful candidate will supervise and mentor student projects across the School while fostering collaboration and creative problem-solving skills; maintain an active professional creative profile by engaging in meaningful research and creative work; contribute appropriate service to the School, Institute, and University; and participate in the faculty governance of the School. We are especially interested in applicants who are dedicated to advancing the ASU Charter and realizing ASU’s Design Aspirations.

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 applications, blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. In 2022, ASU was named a Hispanic-Serving Institution and in 2023, ASU joined the prestigious Association of American Universities. ASU is deeply committed to advancing in innovative ways while sustaining a welcoming, supportive, and empowering environment for all members of our community.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, is located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; ASU FIDM; The Design School; and The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, and increasing the capacity of artists and designers to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

Required Qualifications:

  • Terminal or  graduate degree in media, film, or a related field, and professional experience in VFX pipelines; or a Bachelor's degree and at least six years of high-level professional experience in VFX pipelines. International candidates must have a terminal degree.
  • Demonstrated record of excellence in teaching VFX.
  • Mastery of at least one composting tool (such as After Effects, Nuke, Flame, or similar) 

Desired Qualifications:

•     Preference will be given to candidates who will be able to integrate 3d workflows into VFX using industry-standard software (such as Maya, Houdini, 3ds Max, Cinema 4d, UE5, or Blender).

•   Experience in one or more of the following domains is also highly desired:

  • VFX and ICVFX pipeline optimization
  • Real-time and post-production chromakey workflows
  • Virtual Production
  • Particle and fluid simulations
  • 3D design
  • Character rigging and animation

•  A demonstrated capability to motivate and educate students from a myriad of backgrounds and multiple interests.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is November 2, 2023. 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.

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the following materials as separate items:

  1. A CV
  2. A letter of interest describing how the candidate meets the required qualifications and position description, including the principles of inclusive excellence consistent with the ASU Charter and the Mission of The Sidney Poitier New American Film School.
  3. A creative work statement of up to two-pages detailing how the candidate’s creative work/research, teaching, and/or service engages with the ASU charter, including a teaching philosophy
  4. List of three professional references with contact information

All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/132092

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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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