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Assistant Professor – Animation
California State University, Northridge

Date Posted Dec. 5, 2019
Title Assistant Professor – Animation
University California State University, Northridge
Northridge, CA, United States
Department Art
Application Deadline Jan. 15, 2020
Position Start Date Aug. 19, 2020
  • Assistant Professor
  • Design - Graphic Design/Illustration
    Game Design/Animation

Department: Art
Faculty Hire Number: 20-49 Effective Date of Appointment: August 19, 2020
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Rank: Assistant Professor – Animation
Salary: Dependent upon qualifications

CSUN’s Commitment to You:
CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. As both an AANAPISI & HSI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution & Hispanic Serving Institution), CSUN welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

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About the College:
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About the Department:
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The Department of Art at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of 2D and 3D Animation, with an appointment starting Fall 2020. The candidate will be qualified to teach BA, BFA, MA and MFA level courses in Animation. This appointment is a teaching assignment with a typical teaching load of three studio art classes each semester plus weekly office hours, attendance at faculty and area meetings, participation in other professional activities, and service to the department, college, university, and community. The successful candidate will contribute to a dynamic animation program with a track record of growth and distinction derived from awards earned by its students, the successful art careers of its alumni, and the professional achievements of its faculty. The candidate must effectively teach and facilitate an animation curriculum for students who have an area of concentration in animation, visual effects, game development, and entertainment design. Typical course assignments include the teaching of traditional 2D and software-based animation skills. Faculty members are responsible for creative activity and/or scholarly research recognized by a peer review, current ongoing professional practice in the field, along with advising and mentoring students.
The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which he/she is housed for recommending tenure and promotion.


  • An MFA degree in Art with a concentration in animation or appropriate area from an accredited institution or foreign equivalency, or post-baccalaureate experience, training, and expertise at least equivalent to those required for the Master of Fine Arts degree is required.
  • College or university level teaching experience is required.
  • Professional experience in the field with a record of creative achievement is required.
  • Evidence of strong traditional skills in animation, design, and drawing are required.
  • Proficiency with 3D software such as Autodesk Maya, Unity, or ZBrush is preferred.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work in the United States.

Application Deadline:
Screening of applications will begin January 15, 2020. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline, however the position will remain open until filled.

How to Apply:
Applicants must submit:

  • Letter of application summarizing your qualifications for this position (PDF)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and methods (PDF)
  • Portfolio of professional/creative work (PDF/link to website)
  • 15-20 examples of student work (PDF/video links)
    o Video clips should be submitted via a link (YouTube, Vimeo, or your website) in your application documents
    In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide references, verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.
    This institution is using Interfolio’s ByCommittee to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge to:

General Information:
In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line here. Print copies are available by request from the Department of Police Services, the Office for Faculty Affairs, and the Office of Equity and Diversity.
The person holding this position may be 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. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of candidates who apply for the position.

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Department of Art at (818) 677-2242.

  • General Information:
    In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line at report.pdf. Print copies are available in the library and by request from the Department of Police Services and the Office of Faculty Affairs.

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Contact Information

  • Rochelle Fischer
    Art Department
    California State University, Northridge
    18111 Nordhoff Street
    Northridge, CA 91330-8300
  • 818 6772242


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