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Assistant Teaching Professor, Animation

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Tempe: Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts: School of Art


Tempe, AZ

Open Date

Apr 03, 2024



The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks multiple full-time 9-month (academic year) Assistant Teaching Professors in Animation with an emphasis on storyboarding, 2D animation, and/or 3D animation, beginning August, 2024. These positions include undergraduate teaching and service responsibilities on the Tempe, Arizona campus.

About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. In 2022, ASU was named a Hispanic-Serving Institution and in 2023, ASU joined the prestigious Association of American Universities. ASU is deeply committed to advancing in innovative ways while sustaining a welcoming, supportive, and empowering environment for all members of our community.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, is located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; and ASU FIDM; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, and increasing the capacity of artists and designers to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About the School of Art

The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University prepares students for the creative and critical challenges of the global 21st century. Students are taught and mentored in an environment that values innovation, excellence and affordability. Our faculty’s active research allows us to offer a number of specialties unique to ASU and the southwest region. The School of Art has programs ranked nationally in the top 9 and our MFA program is ranked in the top 15 by U.S. News & World Report. Our facilities support a full range of artistic experimentation and exchange and include four public galleries. Our ties with the vibrant surrounding arts community are strong and include numerous internship opportunities and a robust visiting artist/scholar lecture series. For more information on the School of Art, visit art.asu.edu.

Essential Functions

The School of Art seeks candidates with a rich and varied skill set in the field of Animation. The successful candidates are expected to pursue an active teaching agenda in Animation in one or more of the following areas: storyboarding, 2D animation, and/or 3D animation. The successful candidates will teach lower and upper division undergraduate courses and instruct a variety of in-person, hybrid, and online course offerings, and will mentor undergraduate students based on department needs. The successful candidates are expected to contribute to a dynamic and growing Animation program, including developing new courses related to their areas of expertise. The successful candidates will also contribute impactful service to the program, the School of Art, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and ASU as well as the profession and/or the community. To learn more about our Animation program, please visit A degree in Animation | School of Art. We are especially interested in applicants who are dedicated to advancing the ASU Charter and realizing ASU’s Design Aspirations.


Required Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in animation, digital media, or a related field; OR a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and two years of professional experience in an animation relevant industry
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching with experience in higher education.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to teach in-person and online upper and lower division undergraduate courses in storyboarding and/or animation
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and develop online and hybrid courses
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with peers, colleagues, and professionals in academic settings, the industry and/or the surrounding community
  • Knowledge of the innovations and new directions in the animation industry including trends and current issues
  • Evidence of sustained student mentorship activity

Application Instructions

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the following materials as separate items:

  • Letter of interest addressing the position description and required qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Examples of scholarship and/or creative work, for example: a web portfolio link, up to 20 images, or up to 10 minutes of time-based media
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Applicants advancing to the second round of review may be asked to provide additional materials.

All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/143611

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is May 2, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

(See https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.)

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.