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Assistant Professor in 3D Character Animation


The University of Hawai‘i  at Manoa, Academy for Creative Media (ACM) invites applications for a full-time, 9-month,  tenure-track Assistant Professor in 3D Character Animation, appointment to begin August 1, 2018, pending position clearance and availability of funds. Position # 0070059. Applicants should have a significant background in character animation, an excellent understanding of animation principles and the ability to express ideas through drawing as evidenced in their animation reel and portfolio. Candidates must be able to teach classes in 3D character animation, 3D modeling, animation principles and animation filmmaking. Applicants must have a significant amount of professional animation experience in film and/or television and evidence of successful university-level teaching experience. Duties: (1) Teach classes, advise students, undertake creative/scholarly work, and develop curriculum and opportunities in the specialty areas of 3D Character Animation and Animation Filmmaking; (2) Develop and supervise internships, group projects, and individual projects; (3) Undertake departmental, university, and professional service; actively participate in community outreach;  (4) Develop and facilitate interdisciplinary relationships with relevant programs such as Computer Science; (5) Other duties as assigned by chair. Minimum Qualifications: (1) PhD, MFA, or suitable terminal degree in an appropriate area;  (2) Significant professional character animation experience and evidence of creative work in 3D character animation; (3) A high level of skill in the application of animation principles and character animation performance as evidenced in animation reel and portfolio; (4) Evidence of successful university-level teaching. Desirable Qualifications:  (1) Evidence of ability in 3D Modeling; (2) Evidence of professional work in video games; (3) Evidence of well-developed drawing skills;  (4) Established relationships with independent filmmakers or industry content producers in either animated films or video games; (5) Evidence of ability in 2D traditional animation, 2D digital animation or stop motion animation; (6) Experience with animation software such as: Unity, Maya, Toonboom, Adobe Animate, Adobe After Effects, Blender; (7) Evidence of work with new media processes including Virtual Reality and 3D printing. To Apply: Submit (1) letter of application that specifically addresses abilities to meet duties and how minimum qualifications are met; (2) curriculum vitae (please place education and degrees first); (3) graduate school transcript(s) showing highest degree received (copies are acceptable, original transcripts will be required at time of hire; (4) portfolio, samples, or links to professional or scholarly work, annotated in how they address desirable qualifications; (5) a list of at least five references and full contact information. Applicants should further discuss their suitability, collegiality and enthusiasm for creating, and participating in, programs across disciplines in a highly collaborative curriculum, and their attentiveness to issues of race, gender and diversity in a multicultural society. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. No e-mail applications or attachments accepted. Application materials will become property of the University of Hawai‘i  and will not be returned.  Send application materials to: Academy for Creative Media, Attn: Assistant Professor Search #0070059, 2550 Campus Road, Crawford 210, Honolulu, HI 96822. Inquiries: Professor/Search Committee Chair Vilsoni Hereniko; 808-956-3788;  Continuous Recruitment: Review of Applications will begin on January 2, 2018. An EEO/AA Employer.


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