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William Paterson University

Wayne, New Jersey - United States
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Assistant Professor in Animation and Game Design


The Department of Art at William Paterson University’s College of the Arts and Communication invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a specialization in Animation and Game Design. Start date is September 1, 2018.

The successful candidate applicant will join a dynamic department poised for growth through its Center for New Art, where traditional and emerging modalities in the creative process are utilized across disciplines in our state of the arts studio and maker spaces. Tenure track faculty responsibilities include but are not limited to pedagogy, service, creative expression and professional growth. 

The position requires a strong knowledge and proficiency in 3D animation production, interactivity, design and technology that also includes a broad understanding of video games, graphic programming for game and app development, video editing, interactive media and digital media as an art form.  Experience in Autodesk Maya, with skills in 3D modeling, technical direction, effects animation, lighting and rendering, including game design with Unity or similar Maya compatible software, compositing, and interactive design are required. Ability to teach foundation classes in drawing, 2D or 3D design essential. 

Additional skills in Autodesk Mudbox, Z-Brush, experience with virtual and/or augmented reality and 2D traditional animation considered a plus.

The successful candidate will teach courses in foundation and within the Animation and Multimedia concentration in the undergraduate program, participate in departmental meetings in addition to service on committees, which include undergraduate and graduate, as well as University and College wide committees. In addition to pedagogy, the successful candidate will maintain an active professional practice and/or exhibition agenda. 

Qualified candidates will possess an MFA degree with industry experience and an established record of professional achievement. Three (3) years teaching experience at the university level is preferred. We encourage practice across all media and technology using a variety of materials in the visual arts, integrating new and emerging areas of art making, which supports our progressive curriculum. The department seeks a collaborative developmental approach in the expansion of curricular programs consistent with the goals of the strategic plan of William Paterson University and the College of the Arts and Communication. 

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Candidates  should submit a letter of application, CV and contact information for three (3) professional references, as well as a portfolio of exhibitions and/or professional projects/commissions, and 20 examples of  student work with an annotated image sheet and syllabi from previously taught courses, to: Professor Lauren Razzore, Chair, Department of Art  or William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ  07470. (Electronic submissions preferred). Portfolio and student work images can be submitted using a dropbox link or website address. Must reference Job Code 811WPU in letter of application. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Priority consideration given to applications received by November 15, 2017. 

William Paterson University is a public institution of higher learning.  The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs which range from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls nearly 11,500 students from across the country and from more than 40 nations.  The university is situated on a beautiful, 370-acre suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City.  One of three academic divisions in the College of the Arts and Communication, and the largest enrolled program with approximately 950 undergraduate and graduate majors and 24 full-time faculty.  Additional information about the University can be found at www.wpunj.edu.

William Paterson University is an equal opportunity employer that actively values and supports diversity among faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

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