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Assistant/Associate Professor of Animation


The Cleveland Institute of Art is seeking a qualified individual to fill a full-time ranked faculty position as Assistant /Associate Professor in the Animation department.  Qualified candidates should have a professional background working in a studio environment with a minimum of five years’ experience in 3D animation. Preferred candidate will be expected to teach courses in 3D character animation and be open to working in emerging practices, including immersive technology. The Animation department at the Cleveland Institute of Art is known internationally for its faculty, alumni and visiting artists. The department recently moved into a new facility featuring a suite of labs filled with industry standard hardware and software. The department has dedicated Cintiqs, high-end machines, VR & AR headsets, and a stop-motion room. It has access to a motion-capture system, green screen & lighting studio, a sound recording room and a render farm. The Animation major offers a comprehensive program that masters industry standard techniques in animation with an emphasis on storytelling.


·         Proficiency with the Autodesk Entertainment suite and Zbrush

·         Familiarity with technical art pipelines in animation

·         Experience teaching and/or mentoring in 3D animated productions



·         A demo reel that demonstrates knowledge and understanding in character acting and animation principles

·         Interest and/or experience working in emerging technology such as AR and VR

·         A team player committed to building and maintaining a professional work environment

·         Strong network of contacts with other professionals, agencies and employers

·         Knowledge of history and theory of animation, digital media and visual culture.

Position requirements:

MFA or equivalent level of professional experience within the animation or gaming industry and a record of professional work and achievement.  Additional experience preferred: college-level teaching, curriculum development, course management, communication, organization of teaching materials (lectures, handouts, projects, initiatives, and student resources), leadership, internship/industry/education connection and collaboration skills and project management. The successful candidate will be involved in external community-based projects, internships and/or client based work. The candidate must be willing to help bring in opportunities for CIA students, develop partnerships, and foster relationships with external resources.

All full-time, ranked faculty members are expected to participate in departmental and school-wide committees, curriculum development, advising of undergraduate students and assessment of programs.

Application requirements:

Applicants must submit the following:

1.       Cover letter summarizing experience and credentials

2.       Curriculum Vitae

3.       10-15 digital files representing your creative work

4.       Current Demo reel (up to two minutes; must include a demo reel breakdown)

5.       10-15 digital files of student/mentored work if applicable.

6.       Annotated list/descriptions for both personal and student files

7.       Statement of teaching philosophy, focused on Animation (one page maximum)

8.       Contact information for three professional references

·         All application materials must be submitted in a single pdf file in the order listed (1-8). Limit pdf file size to 10MB or less and label the file as follows: last name_first name_ANIM2019. Examples of video/animation/motion graphics must be listed as hyperlinks within pdf file and link to portfolio web sites or video sharing sites such as Vimeo. Do not email video or .exe files

·         Applicants are required to set up an account on (free) to submit complete application file to:

·         Questions can be directed to Rachel Sauber, Office of Academic Affairs,

Position begins July 2020.  Review of applications is scheduled to begin immediately and will continue until January 1st. 2020. All applicants will be notified of their status by February 1st.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  Academic transcripts and background check authorization will be required for finalists.  The Institute offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.  Rank and compensation are commensurate with experience and qualifications.


The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. Since 1882, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio, and produces graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, contemporary craftsmen, and educators.

CIA is committed to leadership and vision in all forms of visual arts education with 15 majors in the arts, crafts, integrated media, and design. CIA delivers faculty mentorship, studio and academic rigor, cutting edge curriculum, and state-of-the-art facilities. By the time they graduate, all CIA students participate in Engaged Practice learning—professional projects involving collaboration with external partners. CIA is uniquely well-positioned among world-class colleges and universities, museums and galleries, parks, gardens, hospitals, and major partners in industry. The campus is in the heart of Cleveland’s culturally rich University Circle neighborhood, home to Case Western Reserve University; Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Western Reserve Historical Society; Cleveland Botanical Garden; and Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Cuyahoga County provides generous public funding for the arts and supports hundreds of arts and cultural organizations.

Mission: To nurture the intellectual, artistic and professional development of students and community members through rigorous visual arts and design education.

Vision: To advance culture, community and global quality of life.

The Cleveland Institute of Art is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, committed to building and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, and to the principles that promote inclusion.

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