The School of Visual Arts seeks applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor, tenure-track faculty with a specialization in 3D graphics and Animation. Responsibilities include teaching a strong curriculum of learning, discovery, and engagement; developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate curriculum; providing creative direction and scholarship; maintaining a strong national/international creative research agenda; facilitating design studios; and advising students. Faculty are expected to participate in school, college and university level service and outreach programs including collaboration and cross-disciplinary work with other programs within the School of Visual Arts (SOVA), committee work, and administrative duties.
This position requires a terminal degree in 3D animation or related field; experience teaching 3D animation at the university or college level beyond graduate school teaching appointments; a desire to work collaboratively and across disciplines with proven academic leadership experience. The candidate’s portfolio should demonstrate a good sense of character design with 3D modeling, texturing, rigging, lighting and rendering; experience using motion capture; professional experience in the field of VFX is highly desirable.
The ideal candidate should have a strong working knowledge of industry standard content creation software packages (i.e Maya, Zbrush, Cinema4D, AfterEffects, Photoshop, and RenderMan); and evidence of an on-going and active professional exhibition record at a national and international level with a broad understanding in the history and theory of contemporary 2D and 3D animation. Expertise with MEL/Python scripting in Maya, or coding in Unity or Unreal game engines is highly desirable.
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The School of Visual Arts (SOVA) at Virginia Tech offers an expansive undergraduate and graduate education in fine art, creative technology, art history, and graphic design. Our Studio Art, Creative Technology and Graphic Design BFA programs offer an inclusive approach to educating artists and designers, implementing new and established technologies that are uniquely available at Virginia Tech.
Our Art History BA educates students to place visual culture in its broader historical context. We offer an MFA in Creative Technologies, a cross-departmental MA in Material Culture and Public Humanities. Our programs enable students to combine technical expertise with critical and creative inquiry.