Assistant Professor of Animation

Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 09, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Film, Animation and Video Arts of Cornish College of the Arts is accepting applications for a full-time Assistant Professor of Animation whose primary medium is animation and who can provide visionary leadership in a growing BFA program, develop innovative curriculum, foster professional and community partnerships that advance the program, facilitate collaborations across visual arts departments and bring increasing recognition to Film, Animation and Video Arts at Cornish.

The College offers majors in the performing arts (Theater, Dance, Music, Performance Production) as well as the visual arts (Animation, Art, Design, Film, Game Art, Interaction Design, Illustration, Interior Architecture). Animation begins as a new major in the Fall of 2021 and we are committed to building our core faculty in that field.

The mission of Cornish is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation and discussion of the arts.

Our programs provide depth and breadth of training, freedom to experiment, and the space to develop a unique creative identity. Students develop healthy and sustainable practices necessary for working artists. Join this dynamic team and be a part of the growth and development of our talented students.

Position Summary


  • Teaches three courses per semester (or eighteen credits per year) and maintains regular office hours
  • Teaches a variety of beginning and advanced undergraduate studio courses, such as CG Animation using Maya, Traditional (2D) Animation Cinematography/Film making, Game and/or Film Production. Develop studio and seminar courses in animation
  • Instructs, manages, and supervises students in classrooms through demonstrations, discussions, visual aids, field trips, individualized instruction, and lectures
  • Plans, prepares, and follows an approved course of study based on learning outcomes
  • Develops curriculum
  • Supports Animation students in obtaining their career goals while also exposing them to other opportunities that they may not have considered
  • Assists students in course scheduling
  • Assists Academic Advisers, Chair, and other Faculty in maintaining an Animation program with a positive learning environment


  • Participates in shared governance activities including college and department committees
  • Participates in Admissions recruitment events such as portfolio days, student registration, CCA Open House, New Student Events, and assists with transcript/portfolio evaluation of transfer students
  • Works with Chair and Faculty in development of departmental policies, curriculum content, instructional standards, and evaluation methods
  • Contributes to the positive and inclusive culture of the program and college

Minimum Requirements

  • BFA or formal training and teaching experience in film/media production and design
  • Demonstrate expertise in animation as defined broadly to include applied and conceptual issues and practices with fluency in both 2D and 3D computer animation
  • Demonstrate an active peer-reviewed, distribution and/or exhibition record
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in contemporary animation and visual effects production methods and technologies
  • Willingness to participate in and lead course and curriculum design efforts
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in undergraduate teaching and mentorship
  • At least 3 years’ teaching at a college level
  • Experience with instructional technologies, particularly the use of Canvas as learning management system

Preferred Qualifications

  • MFA in Animation or formal training and teaching experience in film/media production and design
  • Five or more years of experience teaching at a college level
  • Sophisticated knowledge in contemporary and historical issues and theory of animated images; innovative visual thinking in both traditional and digital processes
  • Experience working within a Film, Animation and Video Arts department (or related department)
  • Background in fundamentals of drawing, color, and composition as well as media fundamentals

Job Type: Full-time, Salary, Exempt

Application Information

Qualified applicants are asked to submit:

  • A written Expression of Interest describing why the position within a BFA-granting arts college appeals to you and how you think your skills qualify you for this position (1 page)
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy that includes specific examples of implementing anti-bias strategies within the classroom (1 page)
  • Current CV and link to your professional website if available
  • Five .mp4 examples of personal work and 5-10 examples of student work in .mp4 format
  • Representative syllabi examples
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Salary requirements
  • Cornish College of the Arts Employment Application found:
  • Send these written (.pdf) components to

Equal Opportunity Statement

We believe that diversity refers to a number of human qualities and characteristics. National origin, race, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities are characteristics that combine in unique ways, forming the multiple identities we all hold.

Those diverse characteristics contribute positively to the environment of Cornish and to an education that accurately reflects and contributes to the complex interplay of art, culture and society.

We hold ourselves responsible to fulfill the mission of Cornish by preparing students “to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators,” and believe that the mission is best served by actively cultivating a positive environment in which to explore and express the diverse perspectives of a pluralistic society.

Cornish College of the Arts operates under a Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated with the Cornish Federation of Teachers (CFT). All faculty compensation placement abides by the salary scale negotiated with the CFT. Faculty participate in College governance via the Faculty Senate.