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California State Fullerton, Visual Arts Department

Fullerton, California - United States
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Computer Animation and Game Art


CSUF faculty are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on departmental and university-wide committees. The primary responsibilities of the person in this position will include the development and teaching of introductory and core courses in the discipline, and the development of courses in their area(s) of specialization. Specific courses that this person will teach include Introduction to 3D Modeling, Introduction to 3D Animation, 3D Character Modeling, 3D Environment Modeling, 3D Rigging and Animation, Lighting and Composition, and BFA Capstone 3D Animation. This person will also be responsible for producing scholarship / creative work commensurate with the requirements for tenure. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in the broader university and disciplinary communities.

Required Qualifications

• Terminal degree (MFA, PhD) in computer animation, or equivalent degree from an accredited institution, or significant sustained industry experience in cinematics, and/or game development

• Evidence of excellent technical skills in industry standard practices to instruct undergraduate and graduate students in Unreal Engine and related software/hardware used in game development and/or virtual production and/or virtual reality

• Evidence of a strong record of achievement with significant accomplishments appropriate to the level of appointment

• Demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching of a very diverse student population, including first-generation college students

• Demonstrated ability to communicate and work collaboratively within a culturally diverse community of CSUF students, faculty, staff, and administrators

Preferred Qualifications

• Strong understanding of UE Blueprints, and Simulations, Rigging/Animation or Mocap/Retargeting as it relates to cinematics, games, and/or 3D computer animation production

• Evidence of a current professional practice in virtual production or game engines for cinematic storytelling and/or experimental art

• Evidence of professional practice using Python and/or C++ scripting for animation tools and game engines

• Experience and/or interest in developing new curriculum in game development and/or virtual production

• Familiarity with Autodesk Maya, Substance, Houdini and/or Zbrush

Application Procedure

A complete on-line application must be received by electronic submission in order to receive consideration. To apply, visit to view all job listings and select requisition #498539 to begin the application process and provide the following required materials:

  • Letter of application in which you respond to the required and preferred qualifications in addition to discussing your teaching philosophy and approach
  • Curriculum Vitae in an academic format (graphically designed vitas are not preferred)
  • Candidate Statement on Commitment to Inclusive Excellence:

•       Diversity, Inclusion and Equity are fundamental to the mission of CSUF. Diversity, as reflected in our student body, refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and viewpoints that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, religion, language, differing abilities, socioeconomic status, geographic region, and more. Please discuss how you would include anti-racist and inclusive policies in your teaching and pedagogy, to create a just and equitable classroom. Explain how your experiences and/or qualifications enhance your ability to contribute to the students, faculty, and staff who are members of our diverse CSUF community.

  • A list of three references with relevant contact information

Semi Finalists will be asked to submit additional information

  • Digital portfolio demonstrating the candidate’s personal/professional work. Ideally portfolios will include 20 images and/or 5-10 minutes of video, and/or links to material of current work from the past 5-years
  • Additional material such as current course outlines/syllabi, course assignments, rubrics, and student work may also be requested


  • Over a one-day period, finalists will be invited to participate in a series of interviews, presentations, and talks via Zoom
  • Finalists will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation. Please have these ready for the referents to submit should you move forward to this phase of the search. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. A request via email along with information on uploading the letter will be sent. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back into the recruitment system.  Please do not submit letters of recommendation until asked to do so.

Please do not send additional materials until requested to do so.  The semi-finalists and finalists for the position will be contacted when to submit and are required to submit all materials for full consideration.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dale A. Merrill, Dean, College of the Arts or call 657-278-3256.

To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by February 15, 2021. The anticipated appointment date is August 16, 2021.

Additional Information

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start-up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee-waiver; access to campus child-care; and a defined-benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

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