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Assistant Professor, Animation


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As a next-generation public research institution, we are an inclusive community of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, healers, and leaders striving to shape the future and solve the world’s most challenging problems. No matter what your role is, when you join Knight Nation, you become an integral part of our mission to become a university for the future. You’ll be met with opportunities to connect and collaborate with uniquely talented faculty, staff, and students across 13 colleges and multiple campuses and regional locations. That means greater challenges to tackle, more meaningful opportunities to grow, and rewarding experiences that go beyond a paycheck.

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is home to a growing and diverse student population of over 70,000 students, almost 2,000 faculty, and more than 4,700 staff. At UCF, we are dedicated to access and are invested in identifying candidates who will contribute to our mission through equity-minded practice and culturally responsive pedagogy. For more information about UCF, please visit the website at

The School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) at UCF is a place for seeing, thinking, hearing, touching, learning, and creating. Art engages the senses and inspires the imagination, and we designed our curriculum to do the same. We offer academic programs and courses of interest to artists and designers of all varieties including B.A., BFA, and MFA degrees. At SVAD, we have more than 50 faculty and staff advisors who are passionately dedicated to guiding our students to the right course and career path. Join our award-winning faculty in sparking the interests of our students and guiding their careers. For more information about the School of Visual Arts and Design, please visit our website at


The Opportunity

The School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD), in the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH), at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-earning assistant professor in animation, anticipated to begin August 8, 2023. This position located on both UCF main campus and Orlando Research Park includes teaching, research, and service-based duties. Research and teaching responsibilities include contributing to the mission of Emerging Media in appropriate areas of scholarship and working at the intersection of theory and practice.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong understanding and application of the principles of animation. Core areas could include any of the fields of visual storytelling which may include 3D modeling/visualization, pre-production, 2D/3D animation, motion graphics, stop-motion, and/or mixed reality. The candidate is expected to develop 21st century professional skills, purpose, integrity, ethical practices, and digital citizenship in their pedagogical practice. 

The successful candidate will teach courses supporting the Emerging Media BFA and the Emerging Media MFA Animation and the Visual Effects track. SVAD ( encourages multidisciplinary collaborations. Faculty members are encouraged to actively pursue and obtain external funding and to develop creative works that achieve peer reviewed recognition for innovation and excellence.


Minimum Qualifications

By the start of the appointment, applicants must hold a terminal degree in an appropriate discipline from an accredited institution. Appropriate disciplines include digital art, graphic design, illustration, film, animation, fine arts, or a media-related discipline.

The ideal candidate must demonstrate a nationally recognized agenda of research or creative work in relevant areas of digital art. Candidates must also have at least one year of relevant production experience as well as one year of previous teaching experience.


Preferred Qualifications

·         Candidates who have teaching experience in one or more diverse sets of software packages such as: Toon Boom Harmony, Autodesk Maya, Unreal Engine, Adobe Creative Cloud.

·         Candidates who have teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

·         A strong understanding and application of traditional and digital art production.

·         The ideal candidate will show evidence of being a theorist and practitioner, with a demonstrated sustainable research agenda related to digital arts. Preference will be given to applicants who have a record of obtaining research funding.


Additional Application Materials Required  

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, In addition to the online application, applicants must also submit the following:

(1) A letter of application indicating qualifications for the position.

(2) A curriculum vitae.

(3) An online link to samples of creative, professional work, as well as samples of student work with any information identifying the student removed.

(4) Research Philosophy.

(5) The contact information for three professional references.

(6) Copy of transcript.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later. Review of applications will begin once the position is closed. Candidates will not be considered until all the above materials are received. Candidates are responsible for ensuring all materials have been uploaded correctly.

The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

For further questions about this position, please contact the search chair, Matt Dombrowski, at


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Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks!  In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (


Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.


Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.



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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.