- Assistant/Associate Professor, Animation

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Assistant/Associate Professor, Animation


Assistant/Associate Professor, Animation

Salary: $70,000 - $70,000
• Intermediate Level


The School of Art & Art History at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor in Animation. Appointment to begin August 2024.

Category Animation  Film + Media Studies  Graphic Design  Special Effects 
Location Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida Area
Time Period Full Time
Posted Date Jan 29, 2024
Start Date Aug 05, 2024
End Date N/A

Job Description

The School of Art & Art History at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor in Animation.  Appointment to begin August 2024.

An essential position in a fast-growing Animation program, the candidate will maintain an active record of high impact creative research achievements at the national/international level, assist in organizing and supervising the needs of an expanding Animation program, including overseeing graduate teaching, and developing an ambitious curriculum.  The candidate will generally teach two undergraduate courses per semester, as well as mentor graduate students and work on MFA research project committees. They must be able to develop new curricula and teach courses ranging from undergraduate non-majors to art specialization majors as well as work in the mentoring and teaching of graduate students in a multi-disciplinary MFA program. Service to the School, College and University will be provided through committees and project initiatives. The candidate must possess the ability to organize and supervise instructional staff and periodically act as area head.

The ideal candidate will have a strong technical and theoretical foundation, as well as an expansive approach that embraces the evolving role of the moving image in a global society. A record of producing, presenting, and exhibiting creative original work. They will have the ability to help shape the future of Animation within the School of Art & Art History and be able to expand the range of the program through interdisciplinary and innovative creative research.

QUALIFICATIONS (Education & Experience):

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Terminal degree (MFA) in Animation or MFA in Studio Art, Filmmaking, or relevant field with significant professional experience in Animation. 
  • Demonstrable experience in creative applications of moving image animation with an emphasis in 2D and/or 3D animation. 
  • Ability to teach a range of skill sets including digital and traditional as well as unconventional methods and approaches to moving images. 
  • Knowledge of current practices, techniques, technology, and issues as related to teaching Animation are essential.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A creative research record at the national level.
  • Minimum of two years teaching experience after completion of terminal degree.
  • The candidate should demonstrate relevant areas of expertise in two or more of the following areas: 2D Animation, Storyboarding and Visual Storytelling, Character Design, 3D Modeling, Motion Graphics, Digital Illustration/Concept Art, Character, Rigging and Character Animation.
  • Knowledge of software for 2D animation. Experience with Autodesk Maya for 3D Animation, Zbrush, Cinema 4D, Unity 3D, Unreal, or Substance Designer.
  • An awareness of contemporary visual culture, animation and theory is highly desirable.
Applicants MUST provide the following documents when completing the application:
  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Artist Statement
  • Contact information for 3 references. 
  • Links to a curated online portfolio of work examples. If the works require passwords for viewing, please include them. Files that cannot be easily accessed may not be reviewed.  
  • Links to student works must also be accessible online as examples of teaching.  

Job Type Full Time 
Weekly Limit N/A
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