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Villa Maria College of Buffalo

Buffalo, New York - United States
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Faculty - Animation


Villa Maria College is seeking a full-time faculty member, starting fall 2017, for its BFA program in Animation. Villa Maria College is a small, private, co-educational college with specialized programs in the applied arts and music combined with a liberal arts core, education, business, and health programs. 


The Animation Program at Villa Maria College began fall 2008 and is a competitive, hands-on, and demanding program that recruits highly talented and committed students.  The intimate class size allows instructors the opportunity to know students, and have an impact on their lives. Villa Maria has two state-of-the-art animation labs, each with 18 workstations and Wacom tablets, including software such as the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite, Zbrush, Adobe CC, and Toon Boom Harmony. There is also a stop-motion studio that uses Dragon Stop-Motion, as well as a separate puppet-building facility. The program offers HD digital video cameras, digital still cameras, as well as an audio sound effects library for the students to use for their projects. Villa’s Animation students have also successfully collaborated with Villa Music students to write and record scores for student films, and have the opportunity to collaborate with students in Villa’s BFA in Digital Filmmaking program.


The first two years of the Animation program stress the understanding of animation principles, acting, film theory, and storytelling, and give the students traditional and technical tools and software to be able to bring their stories, concepts, and projects to life. Students then take part in a formal review process to determine a specialization, at the end of their sophomore year.  The specialization becomes the focus of their studies in the junior and senior years.  


  • Teach a minimum of 24 credit hour equivalences per year.

  • Provide student-centered instruction in all courses.

  • Provide direction and climate for effective learning.

  • Design means of evaluating and improving the teaching/learning process in the classroom.

  • Pursue professional development and growth.

  • Review and develop curricula.

  • Serve as academic advisor to students.

  • Participate in program assessment activities.

  • Participate in program and College accreditation activities.

  • Submit required reports to appropriate offices.

  • Attend scheduled program meetings and maintain regular office hours.

  • Develop plans for the use of equipment, instructional aids and supplies.

  • Assist in the development of grant materials relevant to the faculty member’s role and duties at the College.

  • Assist in the preparation of program and recruitment materials and participate in recruitment activities.

  • Participate in program advisory council activities and meetings.

  • Review and update specific program library holdings.

  • Assist the Department Chairperson in carrying out program administrative duties, including program course scheduling; interviewing and hiring part-time faculty members; preparing and monitoring program budgets, conducting program reviews, and others.

  • Serve on committees of the College.

  • Assist and participate in any other activities related to the respective program;

  • Assist the Department Chairperson in assessing the effectiveness of the program.

  • Support the mission and objectives of the College.

  • Participate in College functions.

  • Assume other work-related responsibilities as assigned by the Department Chair, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, or the President or his/her designee as needed to meet the needs of the College mission.


An M.F.A. in Animation is highly preferred; however alternative degrees will be considered.  Preference given to candidates with teaching experience. Game Design and Industry experience a plus.  Knowledge of 2D and/or 3D animation software required. 

APPOINTMENT:  August 2017.


Applicants should send cover letter, resume, demo reel and/or portfolio, as appropriate.


When you have completed the on-line application process your information will be forwarded to the Search Committee for their review. The Search Committee will carefully review each resume and select the strongest candidates. Once the selection process is completed, qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.



Internal Posting Deadline:  Review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

External Posting Deadline:  Review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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