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DePaul University - College of Computing and Digital Media

Chicago, Illinois - United States
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Assistant Professor in Animation


DePaul University’s Animation program invites Animators and Game Artists to apply for a full-time teaching position in the heart of downtown Chicago.  Our Animation program, ranked #18 in the US by Animation Career Review, is the largest in the Midwest.  We are part of DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts, which also includes cross-disciplinary programs in Film and TV, VFX, and Game Development.  There are currently over 300 majors enrolled in our Animation MFA, MA, BFA and BA degrees, and we have thirteen full-time Animation faculty members who have worked for studios including Walt Disney Feature Animation, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Will Vinton, JibJab, Sesame Street, Klasky Csupo, Day 1 Studios, and Microsoft Games.  Animation resources include a stop motion studio with a Volo motion control crane, three animation labs with over 90 Cintiqs, two green screen stages, a sound recording and mixing studio, and a mocap studio.  Past visiting artists include the Brothers Quay, Yuri Norstein, Priit Prn, Joanna Priestley, and David O’Reilly. DePaul Animation students have won a 2016 Student Academy Award in Animation and been a part of game teams that have produced the IGF Student Showcase winning games Octodad and Devil’s Tuning Fork. For more about the Animation program please visit our website: 


Job responsibilities include teaching, advising, service, supervising student projects and continued creative activities and/or scholarship in the field. Position begins fall of 2020. Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience; position is dependent on budget approval.


Required Qualifications:

Ideal candidates for the position will have teaching and production experience in one or more of the following areas of cinema, television, and game development: traditional animation, 3d modeling, 3d animation, stop motion, motion graphics, visual effects and motion capture.


Qualified candidates with substantial professional experience are welcome to apply, regardless of college degree. 


DePaul seeks candidates with demonstrated cultural competencies to include teaching, service and research in diverse learning communities.


Special Instructions to Applicants:

For priority consideration, apply by November 8th; applications will continue to be accepted until position is filled. 


Required Documents:

1.       Cover letter

2.       Curriculum vitae

3.       Statement of teaching philosophy

4.       Diversity Statement (a statement describing past and proposed efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in your teaching and/or creative work)

5.       Detailed syllabus for a proposed course in the area that you would teach

6.       Links to creative work

7.       Three letters of recommendation


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