Department of Visual Arts
College of the Arts
Full-Time Assistant Professor, Tenure Track
Computer Animation and Game Art
The Department of Visual Arts at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure‐track Assistant Professor position in Computer Animation and Game Art with appointment to begin August 16, 2021.
California State University, Fullerton is a minority-serving institution, and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.
CSUF faculty are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on departmental and university-wide committees. The primary responsibilities of the person in this position will include the development and teaching of introductory and core courses in the discipline, and the development of courses in their area(s) of specialization. Specific courses that this person will teach include Introduction to 3D Modeling, Introduction to 3D Animation, 3D Character Modeling, 3D Environment Modeling, 3D Rigging and Animation, Lighting and Composition, and BFA Capstone 3D Animation. This person will also be responsible for producing scholarship / creative work commensurate with the requirements for tenure. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in the broader university and disciplinary communities.
The Department of Visual Arts serves approximately 1,800 undergraduate art majors and 60 graduate students, with 36 full-time and 80+ lecturer faculty. The department offers both a BA in Art and BFA in Art with 13 areas of concentration, in addition to an MA and MFA in Art with 9 areas of concentration. CSUF is located about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles in metropolitan Orange County and presents a full range of fine arts and professional programs including a nationally recognized art gallery located in the Visual Arts complex and the Grand Central Art Center, a 45,000 sq. ft. graduate studio/residence/exhibition facility located 15 minutes from campus. The Department of Visual Arts at California State University, Fullerton, is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. For more information about the Department of Visual Arts and the College of the Arts, please refer to the website
• Terminal degree (MFA, PhD) in computer animation, or equivalent degree from an accredited institution, or significant sustained industry experience in cinematics, and/or game development
• Evidence of excellent technical skills in industry standard practices to instruct undergraduate and graduate students in Unreal Engine and related software/hardware used in game development and/or virtual production and/or virtual reality
• Evidence of a strong record of achievement with significant accomplishments appropriate to the level of appointment
• Demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching of a very diverse student population, including first‐generation college students
• Demonstrated ability to communicate and work collaboratively within a culturally diverse community of CSUF students, faculty, staff, and administrators
• Strong understanding of UE Blueprints, and Simulations, Rigging/Animation or Mocap/Retargeting as it relates to cinematics, games, and/or 3D computer animation production
• Evidence of a current professional practice in virtual production or game engines for cinematic storytelling and/or experimental art
• Evidence of professional practice using Python and/or C++ scripting for animation tools and game engines
• Experience and/or interest in developing new curriculum in game development and/or virtual production
• Familiarity with Autodesk Maya, Substance, Houdini and/or Zbrush
A complete on‐line application must be received by electronic submission in order to receive consideration. To apply, visit https://hr.fullerton.edu/careers/faculty.php to view all job listings and select requisition #498539 to begin the application process and provide the following required materials:
- Letter of application in which you respond to the required and preferred qualifications in addition to discussing your teaching philosophy and approach
- Curriculum Vitae in an academic format (graphically designed vitas are not preferred)
- Candidate Statement on Commitment to Inclusive Excellence:
- Diversity, Inclusion and Equity are fundamental to the mission of CSUF. Diversity, as reflected in our student body, refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and viewpoints that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, religion, language, differing abilities, socioeconomic status, geographic region, and more. Please discuss how you would include anti-racist and inclusive policies in your teaching and pedagogy, to create a just and equitable classroom. Explain how your experiences and/or qualifications enhance your ability to contribute to the students, faculty, and staff who are members of our diverse CSUF community.
- A list of three references with relevant contact information
Semi Finalists will be asked to submit additional information
- Digital portfolio demonstrating the candidate’s personal/professional work. Ideally portfolios will include 20 images and/or 5-10 minutes of video, and/or links to material of current work from the past 5-years
- Additional material such as current course outlines/syllabi, course assignments, rubrics, and student work may also be requested
- Over a one-day period, finalists will be invited to participate in a series of interviews, presentations, and talks via Zoom
- Finalists will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation. Please have these ready for the referents to submit should you move forward to this phase of the search. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. A request via email along with information on uploading the letter will be sent. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back into the recruitment system. Please do not submit letters of recommendation until asked to do so.
Please do not send additional materials until requested to do so. The semi-finalists and finalists for the position will be contacted when to submit and are required to submit all materials for full consideration.
Please direct all questions about the position to: Dale A. Merrill, Dean, College of the Arts at email@example.com with “Computer Animation and Game Art Search” in the subject line or call 657-278-3256.
To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by February 15, 2021. The anticipated appointment date is August 16, 2021.
Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit https://hr.fullerton.edu/total-wellness/.
The person holding this position is 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 before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self‐disclose.
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