Arizona State University is looking for an Assistant Professor, 3D Animation

Dates or Deadline: 
12 October 2021 to 21 November 2021
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Arizona State University (ASU)
Tempe, AZ
United States

The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks a full-time 9-month (academic year) tenure-track Assistant Professor in Animation with an emphasis on 3D animation, beginning August, 2022. This position includes research, undergraduate/graduate teaching, and service responsibilities.

About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. The Herberger Institute comprises the schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About the School of Art

The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University prepares students for the creative and critical challenges of the global 21st century. Students are taught and mentored in an environment that values innovation, excellence and affordability. Our faculty’s active research allows us to offer a number of specialties unique to ASU and the southwest region. The School of Art has programs ranked nationally in the top 9 and our MFA program is ranked in the top 15 by U.S. News & World Report. Our facilities support a full range of artistic experimentation and exchange and include four public galleries. Our ties with the vibrant surrounding arts community are strong and include numerous internship opportunities and a robust visiting artist/scholar lecture series. For more information on the School of Art, visit

The School of Art seeks a candidate with a rich and varied skill set in the field of Animation.  The successful candidate is expected to pursue a research agenda related to their expertise in 3D Animation. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable in: historical and contemporary animators, technical skills relevant to the 3D animation pipeline, and techniques, principles, and conceptual issues within animation. The successful candidate will teach upper and lower division undergraduate and graduate studio, seminar, and lecture courses in various modalities, including online, hybrid, and in-person. The successful candidate will work with a diverse student population with varying skill levels and will communicate to students their progress, while recognizing their diversified backgrounds. The successful candidate will mentor and advise students as well as serve on graduate thesis and undergraduate capstone committees. The successful candidate will participate in service responsibilities including, but not limited to, curricular and academic affairs, communications, student recruitment and retention, as well as faculty/graduate teaching assistant/student worker onboarding and mentoring. The successful candidate will have strong organizational skills and be able to effectively communicate and prioritize deadlines. To learn more about our Animation program, please visit .


Required Qualifications:

  • Master of Fine Arts degree or equivalent terminal degree
  • Demonstrated evidence of sustained professional activity in animation
  • Demonstrated evidence of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching all levels of undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Experience teaching and developing online/hybrid courses and innovative online pedagogy
  • Experience chairing and serving on graduate committees
  • Demonstrated potential to achieve national or international recognition in creative research
  • Record of securing grants and/or external funding
  • Demonstrated evidence of administrative/service activities

Application Instructions

Please submit:

  • Letter of interest addressing the candidate’s professional activity, teaching/student mentorship, and service experience;
  • Statement addressing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Artist statement
  • Evidence of scholarship or creative work in the form of either a link to a video portfolio or a website of selected works of not less than three works with a total running time of no more than 10 minutes (excerpts welcome)
  • Artist website URL or other link to social media platform where work can be viewed
  • Example of a syllabus
  • Evidence of student work in the form of either a link to a video portfolio or a website of selected works with total running time of not more than 5 minutes (excerpts welcome)
  • Name and contact information for three references
  • Applicants advancing to the second round of review may be asked to provide additional materials

All applications must be submitted electronically via

 Application Deadline:

The application deadline is November 21, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.