Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Animation and Chair of the Animation Department
Type of position: Full-Time Ranked Renewable Term
Woodbury University’s School of Media, Culture & Design (MCD) invites applications for a full-time Associate or Full Professor of Animation who will also serve as Department Chair. Faculty rank and salary commensurate with experience and education. Position begins August 16, 2019.
The Animation program at Woodbury University is poised at an exciting juncture. Launched in the year 1997, the program is currently home to over 120 students. Our student enrollment has been growing by 10-15% annually, with 3 full-time faculty and 21 adjunct faculty members. Our campus is strategically located near the major animation studios, including Disney, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon and Warner Bros. More detail about the program may be found at: https://woodbury.edu/program/school-of-media-culture-design/animation
We seek a candidate with a collaborative spirit and a vision for moving the Animation curriculum forward into the 21st century. We are interested in candidates who demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge of animation. The successful candidate must be an active professional in the world of animation, possess comprehensive knowledge of current animation production pipelines, and be able to teach at multiple levels across the animation program. The Chair of Animation is responsible for administering all aspects of the program, and for teaching within the discipline. Chair duties include faculty hiring, course planning and scheduling, curriculum development, maintaining assessment and accreditation standards, student advising, student recruitment, community outreach, and other duties as needed.
As part of the School of Media, Culture, & Design, the Animation Department especially welcomes those candidates who are committed to an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with faculty in the seven other departments housed within the School of MCD (Applied Computer Science, Communication, Fashion Design, Film, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, and Psychology), to facilitate cross-disciplinary learning experiences for students. Contract renewal and rank advancement at Woodbury are contingent upon satisfying departmental and university criteria, which include effective teaching, meaningful engagement with the disciplines and profession through creative work and/or scholarship, and service to the university.
Woodbury University is a small, private, nonprofit university in Los Angeles. It was founded as Woodbury Business College in 1884 in downtown LA by educator and entrepreneur F. C. Woodbury. One of the first co-educational colleges in the West, Woodbury’s first class of students was roughly 50% male and 50% female. This commitment to diversity has remained one of Woodbury’s core principles. In 1937, Woodbury College moved to a new facility on Wilshire Blvd. New academic programs in design, architecture, liberal arts, and media were added to the curriculum as the school evolved, and Woodbury College became Woodbury University in 1974. In 1987, the University moved to its present home, a 22-acre campus in Northern Los Angeles straddling the boundary with the city of Burbank, on the site of a former convent. Woodbury University is now made up of four schools: The School of Business, School of Architecture, School of Media, Culture & Design, and the College of Liberal Arts. Woodbury University is a student-centered institution dedicated to transforming and preparing students for successful careers in the twenty-first century.
- Applicants should demonstrate an active career in animation or related media. A minimum Bachelor’s degree required along with at least 5 years of industry experience. Terminal degree (e.g., MFA, Master of Fine Arts) preferred and required for rank advancement.
- Experience teaching at an accredited college or university.
- The ideal candidate will have produced a strong body of work that reflects a high degree of animation knowledge, and a portfolio that demonstrates expertise in a significant breadth of animation.
- A keen understanding of short-form filmmaking and narrative design are essential, in addition to a strong grasp of all aspects of storytelling, from conceptualization to development to delivery.
- Technical proficiency in key software including Harmony, Storyboard Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, Maya, Zbrush, and TV Paint is desired. Proficiency with Nuke, Houdini, and Marvelous Designer are also a plus.
Review of applications begins immediately and will remain open until February 8, 2019. Candidates must submit:
1. A letter of application outlining administrative experience, teaching interests and experience, and creative/research interests and experience
2. A Curriculum Vitae
3. An online portfolio or reel
4. Three professional letters of recommendation
Send materials to:
Human Resources Office
7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91510-1052
Woodbury University is an EEO/AA institution committed to multicultural diversity in its peoples and programs.