Assistant Professor of Animation

Position ID: 37870
Columbus State University
College of the Arts
Position Description
New Position?: 
Job Class: 
Assistant Professor
Job Description: 


The College of the Arts at Columbus State University has an opening for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track appointment in Animation within the Department of Art. A successful candidate will be responsible for teaching all undergraduate levels of Animation within an emerging Animation curriculum that includes Computer Animation I, Computer Animation II, Computer Animation III as well as advanced related courses. A successful candidate should be well versed in contemporary animation theory and practice. Candidate should be willing to lead the development, expansion and further refinement of curriculum related to character animation to be offered within the B.F.A. and B.A. in Art. Demonstrated expertise and professional experience should include industry-standard animation software, (Autodesk Maya preferred). Experience with both 2D and 3D animation preferred. Qualified candidates must be able to teach project organization, traditional concepts of animation, computer hardware/software requirements, visual development and story development for animation, and animation pre-production, production, and post-production. An ability to teach all aspects of the animation production pipeline is advantageous. Experience in any related areas such as digital art, film, or video, are desirable but not required. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in practices that support the University’s focus on student engagement and active learning.

Responsibilities include: developing new Animation curriculum, teaching related undergraduate courses, maintaining a record of excellence in teaching and creative activity, and other service as appropriate within the Department, College and University.

Minimum qualifications include a MFA in Animation or a closely related field of study is required. Candidate should possess strong communication skills and ability to work in a collaborative department that regularly hosts programs such as the All-State Art Symposium, the National Art Honors Society conference, a visiting artist and scholars residency program (VASRP), and contemporary exhibitions. Candidate should demonstrate ability in teaching all levels of animation and digital foundations. Additionally, a successful candidate will be able to lead in the expansion of Animation as part of a comprehensive department. Three years of successful teaching and related professional experience are preferred, and this may include graduate teaching assistantships.

Well-equipped computer labs and a cycle of technology upgrades support the department’s curriculum. A new Animation Lab will be under development. The Department of Art is NASAD accredited and is uniquely positioned within the RiverPark Campus in a growing state-of-the-art complex of educational, studio, gallery and performance spaces that are considered among the finest in the Southeast. The College of the Arts and the RiverPark Campus represent a significant emphasis on the arts, collaboration, community partnerships and excellent private funding. The college complex establishes Columbus State University’s arts program as a vibrant presence in the revitalized uptown area and contributes to urban renewal, sustainability, and a progressive cultural environment. One of the South’s largest design conferences, “Creative South”, is hosted annually each spring just blocks away from campus and Columbus is now home to the Fun Academy Motion Pictures, an animation studio. CSU offers a Certificate in Film Production in a unique partnership with the Georgia Film Academy. For additional information on our program please visit our website:

Columbus State University provides a creative, deeply personal and relevant college experience, which values diversity and inclusion in all forms. The University aspires to have faculty and staff reflect the rich diversity of its student body and the Columbus region. Serving the Southeast while attracting students from around the world, Columbus State thrives on community partnerships to deliver excellence for students who want to achieve personal and professional success in an increasingly global environment. Students at Columbus State University find success in a learning environment that both challenges and mentors them. Our academic mission is to engage students in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to thrive in, and contribute to, a pluralistic, complex world. Just 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, Columbus State University is a proud member of the University System of Georgia, enrolling more than 8,400 students in a wide variety of degree programs, from online degrees to a doctorate in education. Among public regional universities in the South, Columbus State University recently ranked No. 46 in the “Best Colleges” rankings by U.S. News & World Report and No. 1 in the “Best Online Colleges in Georgia” for providing the best opportunities and value for students seeking online training and educational programs by the Affordable Colleges Online.

Columbus State University has a nationally recognized track record of partnership and outreach through efforts such as the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, and its own residence – the Spencer House – in Oxford, England. The University has two primary campus locations in Columbus, Georgia: the original campus on 150 acres in midtown Columbus and a beautiful campus in historic downtown Columbus overlooking the Chattahoochee River. The Columbus region, with more than 350,000 residents, is home to world-class enterprises such as Aflac, Synovus, W.C. Bradley Company, TSYS and Ft. Benning, the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters. For additional information about the University visit our website at                                                                     

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by March 1, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications for part-time and full-time faculty positions must include transcripts of all academic work, and official transcripts must be presented prior to campus visit if selected for interview. Applicants must have the ability to meet Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements, in particular a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline. Columbus State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, Committed to Diversity in Hiring.

Required Documents to Submit with Online Application

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Portfolios: PDF portfolio of 20 personal and 20 student portfolio works [stills, etc] (and/or) provide the URL link to candidate's website for animation works. Please contact Human Resources at 706-507-8920 if you require assistance with this process.
  • Other document 1: Contact information (email and telephone number) of three persons willing to provide letters of reference.

All applications and required documents must be submitted using the Columbus State University’s online employment site.   To access the Columbus State University’s online employment site, please visit

If you have any questions, please contact Joe Sanders, Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Chair of Art:; Voice: (706) 507-8302

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Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Digital Arts
Commercial and Advertising Art
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Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 2, 2018
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To Be Determined
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