George Fox University - Faculty
  • 14-Oct-2021 to Until Filled (PST)
  • Department of Art and Design
  • Newberg, OR, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Benefit Eligible

Position Description: Assistant/Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts: Animation

George Fox University announces a tenure-track position in Cinematic Arts: Animation, to begin August 15, 2022. The committee seeks an animation practitioner with significant professional experience, as well as an understanding of the technical, critical, and theoretical issues in cinematic arts education. This role will be central in shaping curricular decisions and outreach for our animation concentration. The animation faculty enjoy strong collaboration with both our communication and arts and design faculty and students in the School of Communication & Design.

George Fox University, a Christ-centered community, prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion. Our vision is to be the Christian university of choice known for empowering students to achieve exceptional life outcomes. We put students first, with Christ at the center of our work, embracing change in order to improve. As a Christ-centered community, George Fox University values diversity as an essential dimension of God's design for human communities. In seeking to become a more inclusive community, we especially encourage applications from women and candidates from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented on our faculty.

The Mission of our Cinematic Arts program: To train and empower influential media artists and storytellers who engage issues of Christian faith and authentic human experience.

The work of our new colleague will include, but is not limited to:

  • Taking on the role of primary instructor for our Animation concentration in the Cinematic Arts Major.
  • Teaching courses which could include Intro to Animation, Storyboarding and Concept Design, 3D Animation, 2D Animation, motion graphics, VFX, and compositing, using current industry standard tools.
  • Advising and mentoring students
  • Assisting with the development and revising of curriculum to improve student outcomes in the animation concentration and other Cinematic Arts major concentrations.
  • Advising leadership on facility and equipment acquisitions and improvements.
  • Serving on at least one university-wide working group or committee and one department level committee.
  • Efforts to recruit and retain students to the animation program.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of the School of Design and the Communication & Cinematic Arts Chair.

Required Qualifications:

  • MFA or equivalent degree from an accredited institution in animation or a related discipline; or a BA or BFA degree along with significant, sustained, and exemplary professional experience, and plans to complete an MFA within 3 years of appointment
  • Animation industry experience
  • Significant experience teaching and or mentoring undergraduate students.
  • Evidence of knowledge of the character animation filmmaking process and animation layout design
  • Demonstrated proficiency in 2D Digital and 3D Digital character animation practices using tools such as Autodesk Maya, ToonBoom Harmony, Adobe Creative Suite (especially After Effects and Premiere), Adobe Animate, and/or TV Paint
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to a positive working environment and work collaboratively with colleagues and community
  • A commitment to working with a diverse population of students; demonstrated experience in this area is preferred.
  • A willingness to engage a robust continuous improvement process including outcomes based assessment of curricula and programming
  • Demonstrated success and or aptitude for remote, hybrid, and face to face instruction.
  • All applicants must express a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and express their Christian testimony in a local church. In addition, employees agree to live in agreement with the Community Lifestyle Statement and affirm the theological commitments expressed in the Statement of Faith.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Involvement with and connections to the Animation industry.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in life-drawing/exceptional draftsmanship and traditionally drawn character animation practices.
  • The successful candidate will maintain a significant investment in their own professional animation practice and research, with an ability to connect students to a professional network.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring students in the context of internship and practicum work.
  • Excellent communication, evidence of leadership, organizational, and management skills which would suggest aptitude for recruiting and outreach potential, to both grow the program and industry connections to the major.

Salary and Rank

Appointment at the Assistant Professor level is anticipated, though candidates with significant teaching experience at previous institutions may be considered for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor. Salary and benefits are competitive with comparable institutions.

Application Procedures - kindly apply only through this website

When completing the online application, please assemble and upload one .pdf document in the section marked Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, and Essay Requirement that includes and combines:

  • Letter of Interest addressing the candidate's aptitude for the qualifications listed in this posting
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Faith and learning essay*
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • A link to professional work in the discipline

Other supporting materials may be requested at a later stage of the review process.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at once. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply on or before December 5, 2021

Questions may be directed to: Jillian Sokso, Director, the School of Design.

*INTEGRATION OF FAITH AND LEARNING ESSAY George Fox University is committed to the idea that one of the primary responsibilities of Christian higher education is to help students develop a uniquely Christian worldview. As teachers and mentors, it is important for George Fox University faculty members to integrate Christian faith and principles in all aspects of their lives. As an essential part of the application process, the University will carefully consider your response to the following: In a one-page essay (about 300 words) describing your personal Christian faith, as well as how your faith informs your teaching, scholarship, and service (including service and leadership in your church and/or in Christian ministries.)

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