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Assistant Professor, Animated Arts

Willamette University
Oregon, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 10, 2023

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Position Summary:

Application Deadline: Application review begins November 6, 2023

Salary: Starting at $60,000 plus benefits

Start Date: Fall 2024

Pacific Northwest College of Art is the oldest art & design college in Oregon. It began as the Portland Art Museum school in 1909 and operated independently until its merger with Willamette University in 2021. PNCA is now the second largest college within the University. Willamette University provides rigorous education in the liberal arts, arts & design, law and management through its undergraduate and graduate programs and lifelong learning programs. Teaching and learning, strengthened by scholarship, creative practice and service, flourish in a vibrant campus community. Pacific Northwest College of Art prepares students for a life of creative practice and facilitates that through Core Pillars:
● Studio Practice
● Professional Practice
● World View
● Anti-Racist Pedagogy

PNCA’s commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

As a learning community, we value, respect, and appreciate differences—in gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, class, and age. We strive to create a safe and supportive environment that is enriched by variety in voices, work, and perspectives. We know that we are a better community of learners and educators when we have space for a multiplicity of worldviews and experiences. Thus, diversity and inclusion at PNCA are crucial to our intellectual and aesthetic inquiry. Guided by the principles of ethics and mutual respect, PNCA’s policies and procedures strive to ensure equity and social justice within our community of students, educators, and staff. A platform for experimentation and expression in the arts, PNCA is also a laboratory for critical reflection and dialog that nurtures better, more informed, more critically engaged citizens while it educates emerging artists and designers. An important aspect of our curriculum is building an awareness of and critical culture around issues of power and privilege in order to decolonize our curriculum and our world.

Position Summary

The Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University (PNCA) is seeking a highly energetic, inclusive, and committed educator and professional to teach courses and contribute to the ongoing development of the undergraduate Animated Arts program at the College. PNCA openly acknowledges that diversity is a critical component in achieving a creative and innovative work and learning environment, and to that end, as an intentional community of students and educators PNCA is committed to equity and social justice and our goal is to create a more diverse faculty body to more effectively serve our mission to prepare students for a life of creative practice. We welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate students of varied backgrounds, abilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions.

Animated Arts, designed for Portland’s versatile creative community, supports both industry and indie outcomes. Built on a solid set of animation skills, students explore materials, technologies, techniques, and methods from concept to production. Faculty are versed in the teaching principles of animation, able to present the history of the moving image in the context of a broad engagement with film and fine art, and supportive of experimentation in a variety of media, technology, production methods, and narrative structures.

We are inviting applications for a full time faculty member who will make a sustained and vital contribution to the future of our program at a regional, national and international level, who will contribute to our undergraduate Animated Arts Program and will both foster a pedagogical approach to animation that is practice-based and informed by critical perspectives that support applied engagements with interdisciplinary approaches and innovative practices. The faculty member will be encouraged to engage in and demonstrate abilities in diverse animation genres and technologies, studio practices, and/or fields of academic inquiry.

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the College and larger University, profession and to the community. These responsibilities generally include: developing and enhancing curriculum, advising students, participation in campus and University-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, building external partnerships and industry relationships, and maintaining a vibrant creative practice in the region and beyond.

Overview of Duties
  • Teach five courses a year, both which would include core department offerings as well as newly developed courses in area of expertise.

  • Help maintain instructional standards and outcomes across curriculum and syllabi.

  • Foster a pedagogical approach to animation that is practice-based and informed by critical perspectives that support applied engagements with interdisciplinary approaches and innovative practices.

  • Build and develop curriculum in conjunction with faculty aligned with University priorities.

  • Contribute to the oversight of the Animation labs, equipment, and facilities.

  • Mentor students.

  • Foster industry relations and external partnerships.

  • Provide academic and career advising.

  • Participate in admissions recruitment, open houses, portfolio preparation, and industry events.

  • Work with the Department Chair and faculty in development of department policies, curriculum content, and evaluation methods.

  • Participate in faculty governance, academic committees and campus life.

  • Keep up to date with professional and industry best practices.

  • Foster an inclusive, equitable and diverse learning environment.

Minimum Qualifications
  • MFA or equivalent professional experience

  • Evidence of successful teaching experience

  • Demonstrated experience in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic teaching environment.

  • Ability to reside in Oregon by the first day of employment or otherwise perform work primarily in Oregon.

Qualified Candidate will have several Preferred Qualifications
  • An earned MFA, or terminal degree, in Animation, Art, or closely-related field from an accredited institution

  • Evidence of successful collegiate teaching experience in Animation or related fields. Preference given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following: Traditional 2D and Digital 2D Animation, Digital Hybrid Media,, Stop-motion Animation, Stop-motion Puppet Fabrication, Gaming, 3D CGI, creative coding, storyboarding, and editing.

  • Evidence of personal or critical expression with animation as an art and storytelling medium.

  • Demonstrated professional experience in either a studio or freelance project(s) with a client in one or more of the following areas; 2D animation, 3D animation, 3D character modeling, rigging, texturing, stop-motion, compositing, Storyboarding, concept work, layout, Character design.

  • Demonstrated application in cutting-edge industry mediums: VR, AR, hybrid tech, gaming, visual effects, motion graphics, UX, creative coding, apps.

  • Ability to present the history of the moving image in the context of a broad engagement with film, fine art, and media studies and supportive of experimentation in a variety of media, production methods, and narrative structures.

  • Evidence of technical and meritorious advancements in their own field of professional practice.

  • Active member of a professional community of creatives. Working knowledge and relationships within the field of Animation.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.

All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.

You will need to upload the following documents as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled Resume:
  • Cover letter highlighting your interest in PNCA’s Animated Arts Program and relevant teaching experience

  • Professional resume/CV.

  • Up to five specific pieces of recent creative work in the following format: a one page document that includes title, date created, brief description of the project including objectives, techniques, software and URL of online links for moving images or other portfolio material. Only online links will be accepted. Be sure to include any passwords if needed.

  • A link to your full portfolio or website.

  • A selection of student work with project details and course information.

  • A statement of approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Inclusive Pedagogy.

  • Three professional references and their contact information.

Application Deadline: Application review begins November 27, 2023

Salary: Starting at $60,000 plus benefits

Start Date: Fall 2024

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

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