Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Position ID:Chapman University-Dodge College of Film and Media Arts-APVP [#21169]
Position Title: Instructor/Assistant Professor of Virtual Production
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Orange, California 92866, United States [map]
Subject Area: Animation/Visual Effects
Appl Deadline: filled (posted 2022/02/14, listed until 2022/06/23)
Position Description:    

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Job Title

Instructor/Assistant Professor of Virtual Production, Non-Tenure Track,  August 2022





Film and Media Arts




General Information

Chapman University seeks applications for a non-tenure track Instructor or Assistant Professor position in virtual production  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 (2021). 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, games, computer science, or a related field is preferred but not essential, or significant relevant professional experience in virtual 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, including but not limited to:


-Expertise in and ability to teach software and other tools currently used in virtual production including Unreal Engine.


-Professional industry experience in Virtual Production including Motion Capture technology, VFX and Physical Production.


-2D and 3D animation and production; modeling, rigging and lighting; visual effects production; game design/development; motion capture.


-Experience in multi-disciplinary collaboration.




Experience in virtual production on an LED volume stage


Advanced knowledge of on-set digital acquisition hardware.


Advanced knowledge of all motion capture hardware techniques, and on-set pipelines.


Knowledge of game engine and game-related technologies.


Experience in a VFX asset and shot production pipeline.


Experience using digital content creating software such as Maya and Unreal Engine.



Teaching experience.


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 Virtual Production courses.

-Design an approach plan and/or recommendations for virtual production requests.

-Work closely with faculty, staff, and students to plan and execute projects including preparation of assets and production design elements

-Assist the onsite stage team in the virtual production needs for student productions by providing training, mentoring and guidance on set

-Advise on equipment needs, standards and documentation for virtual production

-Mentor undergraduate students

-Develop curriculum to align with current and emerging industry standards

-Explore opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration

-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, and three letters of professional recommendation online at:


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Please direct any inquiries about the position to Madeline Warren, Search Chair at Use "Virtual Production 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

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