Assistant Professor Art (Animation) – Auburn University

The Department of Art & Art History in The College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University is seeking candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position in Animation at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Primary responsibilities include instruction, an active creative research agenda, student mentorship, curriculum development, and service on departmental, college, and university committees.

Additional responsibilities include developing, facilitating, and implementing in collaboration with faculty a rigorous, forward-looking animation curriculum, and oversight of the animation facilities and budget.

The animation curriculum will be closely aligned with other areas of studio art practice. The appointee will teach five courses per year and is expected to maintain an active professional studio practice.

The appointment will begin August 16, 2020.

MFA degree in animation, time-based media, or related field at the time of appointment. Outstanding candidates will have an active exhibition record, a sustained creative research practice in area of specialization, evidence of effective teaching of animation courses as instructor of record at the college level, and strong written and interpersonal skills.

Priority will be given to artists who can teach a range of skills, including digital, traditional, and innovative approaches; value an experimental and expansive outlook on artmaking; possess a broad understanding of the animation field and contemporary media arts; have a working knowledge of animation history; and demonstrate a strong technical and theoretical foundation in their practice and teaching. Secondary area of expertise. Additional capability to teach the following general courses on rotation with other studio faculty: Professional Studio Practices and the BFA Critique Seminar. Experience with animation curriculum development within a Studio Art context.

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Candidates should provide evidence, in application materials, of a commitment to fostering and engaging with a diversity of ideas and experiences, which create an inclusive environment in the classroom and at the University.

Please submit the following:

  • Cover letter addressing professional qualifications as they relate to the position and listing the applicant’s website
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One-page Statement of Teaching Philosophy with emphasis on animation within a studio art context
  • One-page Artist/Creative Research Statement
  • Professional Portfolio: A link to an online portfolio of professional work, which may include up to a 10-minute animation compilation reel, games, or, if applicable, up to 10 other still images. In addition, provide a single PDF with an identification list that includes the following descriptive information:
    • Images: title, date, media, and dimensions
    • Audio: title, date, media, and duration.
    • Video: still image, title, date, media, and duration.
  • Student Portfolio: A link to an online portfolio of student work, which may include up to a 10-minute animation compilation reel, games, or, if applicable, up to 20 other still images. In addition, provide a single PDF with an identification list that includes the following descriptive information:
    • Images: title, date, media, dimensions, course level, date, and assignment
    • Audio: title, date, media, duration, course level, date, and assignment.
    • Video: still image, title, date, media, duration, course level, date, and assignment.
  • Names and contact information of 3 references (letters will be requested at a later date for short-listed candidates).
  • Two samples of animation course syllabi
  • Optional: Student evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Review of applications will begin January 3, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Following the initial screening of applications, short-listed candidates will be scheduled for preliminary interviews via video conference. Finalists will be required to submit an official transcript of the terminal degree prior to being invited to campus for in-person interviews.

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to legally work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and throughout the proposed term of employment. Excellent communication skills required. Final appointment is contingent upon funding.



The Department of Art & Art History currently offers two degrees in studio art (B.A. and B.F.A), a minor in studio art, a B.A. degree in Art with a formal option in Art History, and a minor in art history. The Department is a charter member of NASAD and is the oldest fully-accredited art department in the Southeast. It is housed in historic Biggin Hall with north-light studio classrooms and a 3-D Arts Building. The department includes an 800 sq. ft. exhibitions gallery. Students and faculty regularly visit and collaborate with the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, which contains an impressive permanent collection of European and American fine and decorative arts, and hosts a roster of first-rate exhibitions, lectures, films, and special events.
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