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Visiting Assistant/Associate Digital Media

Description

About Drexel

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

About the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design:

The Drexel University Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design is dedicated to the education of students in the areas of design, media and the performing and visual arts. The Westphal College offers 17 undergraduate and eight graduate majors, housed in award-winning, technologically enhanced facilities, and taught by distinguished faculty who have worked at the top of their fields. The College values a studio approach that incorporates six months of required co-op work experience for all undergraduate students. Westphal is home to a virtual reality and immersive research lab, two theaters, an art gallery, a notable collection of over 17,000 historic costumes, a record label, a television station, and numerous cutting-edge making spaces. Westphal educates students to find their place as leaders in today's rapidly changing world by teaching the diverse skills needed to conceptualize and implement creative thinking. The synergy of Westphal’s creative programs, strong foundation curriculum and diverse minors, and stewardship of University assets and enterprises enhances the strength of the College in this interdisciplinary age. The College actively participates in community-based learning programs that allow students and faculty to study the issues affecting our world in collaboration with neighboring communities. As the center for creativity at Drexel, the Westphal College’s collaborative community of scholars, creatives, thinkers, and doers are uniquely positioned to face the world’s challenges and define the creative careers of the 21st century. Westphal is dedicated to building a community where everyone is welcome and a multiplicity of voices are celebrated.

About the Program

The Animation & Visual Effects major provides students with the artistic, technological, storytelling, and design skills necessary to succeed as 3D animators and visual effects artists in the highly competitive entertainment, design, and communications industries.

Animation and Visual Effects has grown beyond its traditional applications in the entertainment industry.  In addition to film, television, and internet-based programming, these production techniques are also widely used in medical research, engineering, virtual and augmented reality systems, immersive media, web content, the performing arts, interactive game systems, corporate communications, and higher education.  The depth and complexity of this field necessitates a rigorous course of study.

To best prepare students for the demands of careers in these cutting-edge disciplines, our program provides a foundational understanding of design and technology with core courses in digital media, the option to choose between a six- or eighteen-month co-op plan, and a curriculum of rigorous coursework covering specialized aspects of digital animation, visual effects, and immersive media.  Students will learn the underlying principles of animation, along with advanced, industry-standard software and hardware technologies.  The entire creative pipeline from storyboarding to modeling and animation to rendering and compositing is covered in depth, allowing students to experience all aspects of a production. 

Job Summary

The Department of Digital Media seeks to fill a visiting faculty position in Digital Media with an emphasis on 3d animation with a start date in April 2022 for the reminder of the academic year 21/22 through the entire academic year 22/23. The successful candidate is expected to participate in teaching, research and service, with an emphasis on teaching topics related to 3d Animation. Additionally, the successful candidate is expected to supervise students at the Master's as well as at the PhD level. We seek an innovative individual who can partner with faculty and staff in pushing the limits of the field of 3d animation.

Essential Functions

  • Teach required number of credit hours per quarter based on contract.
  • Teach studio, lecture, and or practicum courses as per contract.
  • Plan and provide instructional experiences that reflect an understanding of the objectives and curriculum of the program.
  • Evaluate student achievement of curricular objectives/outcomes.
  • Engage in service to the University and/or research in topics related to Digital Media.
  • Supervise students in the Master's and PhD programs.

Expected Course Assignments:

  • Realtime Visualization
  • Computer Graphics Imagery 1
  • Digital Compositing 1+2
  • Spatial Data Capture (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Animation 1+2 (graduate)
  • Digital Media PhD Seminar

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Animation
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience
  • Solid understanding of all aspects of 3d Computer Animation
  • Experience in using Unreal Engine for Animation/Virtual Production
  • Experience in Motion Capture
  • Experience working with PhD students

Preferred Qualification

  • Terminal degree (MFA or PhD) or equivalent industry experience

Location

University City – Philadelphia, PA

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will continue until a suitable candidate pool is identified.