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University of Utah Department of Film & Media Arts

Salt Lake City, Utah - United States
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Assistant Professor of Animation


The Department of Film and Media Arts invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with an emphasis in Animation. The Department is seeking candidates with the potential for exceptional research and excellence in teaching, who will actively contribute to the diversity of viewpoints, cultural backgrounds, experiences and practices of the faculty and students in the field of animation.

We are seeking candidates whose primary medium is animation. The ideal candidate will have expertise in the discourses of animation aesthetics and media specificities; knowledge of 2D and 3D animation production; familiarity with the histories and current practices of animation, as well as of the broader field of contemporary media arts. The candidate should be able to teach a variety of beginning and advanced undergraduate studio courses, such as 2D computer animation, 3D computer animation, special effects, post-production and compositing, animation in VR/AR and mobile devices, and animation in videogames. The candidates are also expected to develop senior and graduate-level studio and seminar courses in animation. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2019.

Minimum Requirements:
• MFA, PhD, or relevant terminal degree in related area.
• Demonstrate expertise in animation as defined broadly to include applied and conceptual issues and practices with fluency in both 2D and 3D computer animation.
• Demonstrate an active peer-reviewed screening, distribution and/or exhibition record.
• Demonstrate ability to teach a variety of animation courses.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Ability to contribute to interdisciplinary initiatives and ability to work across various media fields within the Department.
• Sophisticated knowledge in contemporary and historical issues and theory of animated images; innovative visual thinking in both traditional and digital processes;
• Experience working within a Film and Media Arts department (or related department) situated within a R1 institution, and a reflection of this in teaching pedagogies and research/creative works.
Applications must include the following:
1) Curriculum vitae.
2) Statement of Teaching@
3) Statement of Research/Creative Work*
4) Portfolio or Demo Reel
5) Three letters of recommendation

@Include pedagogy of teaching technology and animation concepts, ideas of curriculum design in animation, as well as a brief description of proposed courses to teach and courses intended to develop.

*Creative work should be submitted entirely in the digital form with a PDF breakdown sheet that includes title, date, duration, links (when applicable), media, a brief description of each work, and list of peer-reviewed venues in which the work has appeared. For video installation or performance documentation, video files or online links to excerpts are appropriate. For websites, please include navigation instructions to the specific works you want considered by the committee, as well as the PDF breakdown sheet as described above.

Applications should be submittted to the following link:

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Employees with prior URS service may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information. This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.



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