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University of Utah Visiting Asst Professor in Animation in Salt Lake City, Utah

Proposed Faculty Rank Visiting Asst Professor in Animation

Department 00080 - Film and Media Arts

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Non Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 7/1/2021


The Department of Film & Media Arts at the University of Utah invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor Animation. We seek a colleague to teach foundational and intermediate courses in 2D and 3D computer animation and storyboarding. The position will start in August of 2021 and end in May of 2023. This is a full-time, benefited, non-renewable position, with a teaching load of six courses per year.

The Department of Film & Media Arts is the largest unit in the University of Utah’s College of Fine Arts, with over 700 undergraduate and graduate majors pursuing degrees in film production, animation, and media arts. Our animation curriculum emphasizes the integration of critical, historical, theoretical, and practical components of animation studies and production. Our ideal candidate will have a broad understanding of the field, including industry and art standards, and a working knowledge of a range of animation methods and styles. The successful candidate will also be expected to advise and mentor animation students, collaborate with other faculty and administrators, and maintain an agenda of creative research.

We enthusiastically welcome applications from talented individuals from diverse creative backgrounds. The Department of Film & Media Arts values diversity of both artistic practices and perspectives, including those held by people from different ethnic, religious, ideological, and geographic backgrounds.

Required Qualifications

•M.F.A. or other terminal degree in animation or a related field.

•Evidence of successful post-secondary teaching in 2D and 3D animation.

•Proficiency with a range of software tools, including Adobe Creative Suite, Autodesk Maya, Toon Boom Harmony, ZBrush, Blender, and 3ds Max.

•An active record of creative work, evidence of which may include produced credits or festival screenings.

Preferred Qualifications

•Ability to contribute to other areas of the curriculum, such as upper-division electives in computer animation; animation history and criticism; visual effects and compositing; traditional animation; and new media/media arts production.

Applicants are invited to submit the following materials online:

1.A letter, not to exceed two pages, addressing the position’s qualifications and the candidate’s approach to teaching.

2.A current CV.

3.Link to a portfolio of creative work.

4.Names and contact information for three current references.

Review of applications will begin on January 11, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position may be directed to search committee chair Associate Professor Lien Fan Shen (

The University of Utah has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation and is the flagship of the Utah System of Higher Education. The University is located in Salt Lake City at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. This location offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, with ten world-class ski resorts and five national parks within hours of the city. Salt Lake City is the center of a metropolitan area with a population of approximately one million residents, and has extensive arts and cultural activities.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 11/05/2020

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00622CF

Type Faculty