Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Position ID:Chapman University-Dodge College of Film and Media Arts-APA [#21228]
Position Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of Animation
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Orange, California 92866, United States [map]
Subject Area: Animation/Visual Effects
Appl Deadline: filled (posted 2022/02/18, listed until 2022/04/25)
Position Description:    

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Job Description:


Job Title

Assistant or Associate Professor of Animation and Visual Effects, Non-Tenure Track,  August 2022





Digital Media Art Center




General Information

Chapman University seeks applications for a full-time faculty position in animation and visual effects  for its nationally recognized Dodge College of Film and Media Arts beginning August 2022.



Chapman University is a nationally-ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The University achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities and is ranked as #124th among Best National Universities by US News and World Report (2022). Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty. Dodge College is ranked #4 in the nation among film schools by The Hollywood Reporter. More information about the university and Dodge College is available at


Chapman University is dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, and ongoing engagement with diversity and inclusion in people. We create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty and are committed to strengthening our culture represented by the multi-ethnic opportunities drawn from the marketplace. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at


MFA or other terminal degree in film, animation, vfx, games, computer science, or a related field is  preferred but not essential. Or significant relevant professional experience in animation production.


We invite applications from outstanding candidates with diverse research and teaching perspectives  based on non-traditional educational backgrounds.


The ideal candidate will have professional and teaching experience in one or more areas: 2D and/or 3D animation production; modeling, rigging and lighting; visual effects production; game design/development; motion capture, AR/VR and/or Pre- Production Art.





·         Professional industry experience in film, television, games or related industries

·         Proven effective track record of teaching at college level (minimum two years).




·         MFA 

·         Expertise in and ability to teach software and other tools currently used in animation production - 3D/CG animation

·         Experience in Animation Production with one or more of the following areas: 2D and/or 3D animation  production; modeling, rigging and lighting; visual effects production; gamedesign/development; motioncapture, AR/VR and/or Pre-Production Art.

·         Experience in multi-disciplinary collaboration

·         Expertise in and ability to teach software and other tools currently used in animation, visual effects and game design, including Adobe, Toon Boom, Unity, Unreal, Maya, Nuke, Houdini.






Faculty duties include teaching, academic advising, and service to Dodge College and Chapman University. The teaching load is 24 credits per academic year, in addition to continued professional work and/or research and scholarship.


·         Teach courses in the Animation and Visual Effects program


·         Work closely with faculty, staff, and students to plan and execute projects


·         Advise on equipment needs, standards and documentation for animation production


·         Mentor undergraduate students

·         Develop curriculum to align with current and emerging industry standards

·         Explore opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration

·         Maintain industry relations to enhance student internship and career opportunities

·         Contribute to developing a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion for all constituents.

Contact Information

Qualified applicants are required to submit a Chapman University faculty application, cover letter, curriculum vitae, portfolio or reel of professional work, and three letters of professional recommendation online at:


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Please direct any inquiries about the position to Aubry Mintz, Search Chair at Use "Animation Faculty Position" as the email subject line.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. This position is contingent on final budget approval. Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate.

Download a copy of the Chapman Faculty Application for Employment here.

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.


Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866 Human Resources Department

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866