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Faculty and Program Director of the B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects (F679)
Azusa Pacific University

Date Posted Apr. 26, 2022
Title Faculty and Program Director of the B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects (F679)
University Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA, United States
Department Cinematic Arts
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Fall 2022
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Game Design/Animation
    Art - General
    Fine Arts - General

Position Title:  Faculty and Program Director of the B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects, Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Cinematic Arts

Position Tracking Number:  F679

School/College:  School of Visual and Performing Arts/ College of the Arts

Department: Cinematic Arts

Location:  Azusa campus


About APU:

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. As a leading Christian university in California, Azusa Pacific University grounds rigorous academics on a solid spiritual foundation. With an intentional focus on scholarship, faith integration, diversity, and internationalization, APU provides high-quality academic programs within a tight-knit community of disciples and scholars. APU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral University, recognizing APU’s high level of research activity. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional locations across Southern California, APU continues to be recognized annually as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

The College of the Arts (COTA) has made significant strides in advancing our mission of being a premiere college on the world stage focused on creating exceptional artistry grounded in authentic Christian faith. Through the innovation and dedication of COTA’s scholar-practitioner faculty, nearly 750 arts majors and 150 arts minors are shaped with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to follow their passion and fulfill their vocational calling across the disciplines of cinema, design, music, theater, and visual art.



The Department of Cinematic Arts in the College of the Arts invites applications for the position of the Program Director of the B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects. 

The Department of Cinematic Arts houses five undergraduate majors – a B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects, a B.A. in Cinematic Arts, a BFA in Cinematic Arts Production, a B.A. in Games and Interactive Media, and a B.A. in Screenwriting – and an online M.A. in Screenwriting.


Specialization: Animation



The Program Director directs the B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects, teaches in the program, ensures academic excellence and innovation in the program, and coordinates the program’s curriculum and adjunct faculty. The Program Director reports to the Chair of the Department of Cinematic Arts and works with the department chair on faculty recruitment and development, program assessment and curriculum development, student recruitment and retention, development, and budget management.


This position will teach undergraduate courses and will coordinate affairs of the B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects with the assistance of the department chair and the undergraduate associate dean. Applicants should demonstrate an active career in animation or related media. Additional responsibilities include:


  • Work with college and university leadership to recruit and retain students.
  • Student advising.
  • Active participation in service to the University through committee participation, School and/or University level as well as service to the broader professional community.
  • Maintain active professional scholarship.
  • Advance the APU mission, vision, and strategic plan.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Chair.
  • May need to work at alternative Regional Campuses or Sites.



Level: Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. 


Qualifications:  Earned terminal degree in Animation and/or Visual Effects or equivalent professional experience, and a commitment to teaching excellence and industry connectivity.


Experience:  Experience in higher-education teaching in Animation and/or Visual Effects or equivalent professional experience.


Workload: Full-time faculty position.


Hire Date:  Open until filled.


Mental Demands:

  • Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
  • Ability to collaborate with other faculty and staff and maintain collegial relations.
  • Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.


Additional Information:  

Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University's Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at, to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.


Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.


Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.


Application Procedure:

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