Assistant Professor of Animation: Lesley University
Company: Association of Academic Museums & Galleries.
Posted on: June 18, 2022
Assistant Professor of Animation: Lesley University Located in
Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is highly regarded for
its graduate and undergraduate programs in education, the arts, and
applied social sciences. Lesley fosters a highly creative
environment in which innovative ideas thrive, theory is integrated
with practice and its 7,000 students and 87,000 alumni are
empowered to improve and enrich communities. We offer a competitive
benefits package that includes health, dental, life, and
long-term-disability insurance. In addition, we offer generous
amounts of vacation and holiday time, as well as a tuition
remission policy that enables employees to expand their knowledge
and skills. Please note that all Core faculty at Lesley University
are represented by the Service Employees International Union, Local
509 (SEIU). The College of Art and Design's Commitment to Diversity
and Social Justice We welcome students, faculty, and staff from all
races, cultures, gender, and sexual identities. Diversity makes our
campus stronger; a variety of voices leads to greater understanding
and cooperation. Our community has a history of social activism,
and at the heart of our efforts is a commitment to social
- The self-identified student body at the College of Art and
Design is 34% persons of color.
- Recent visiting artists to Lesley include LaToya Ruby Frazier,
Carrie Mae Weems, Nick Cave, Edwidge Danticat, Twyla Tharp, Suzanne
Lacy, Judith Jamison, Sebastiao Salgado, and Luis Gonzalez Palma to
mention just some.
- The Office of Community Engagement at the College of Art and
Design has over 50 established community partners in Cambridge and
Somerville, including -Artists for Humanity, -Boston Arts Academy,
-Boston LGBT Film Festival, -Cambridge Women's Center, -ICNA Relief
- Muslims for Humanity, Teen Media Program, Transition House, and
the -Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy -to mention just some.
- The College of Art and Design created and sponsors the monthly
Art & Social Justice Film Series for the university and local
community. Recent titles include "Beyond Boston," a collaborative
project film has a particular focus on gentrification and
homelessness in Cambridge and Greater Boston; "P.S. I Can't Breath"
by Rochelle White; "Hoodie to Hijab" film shorts exploring
representations of Muslim American women; "Happy and Gay" by
Lorelei Pepi to name just a few.
Job Description: Lesley University is looking for a full-time
faculty member to join our College of Art and Design's, Animation
department. This faculty member's emphasis will be in
interdisciplinary studio practice, critical discourse and visual
culture. Our animation program is rapidly expanding, and as such,
faculty must be able and willing to learn different mediums and
software programs to support the four new paths being taught:
Character Animation, in both 2D and 3D, Experimental Animation,
Asset Animation Designer - fabrication, environments, game assets,
etc., and VFX. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
- Teaching: 7 units, or the equivalent full-time teaching load,
per academic year; assists students with professional internships
and department Independent Studies.
- Curriculum: Develops new courses and participates in department
and school curriculum development. Participates in continual and
year-end department assessments, and cyclical departmental reviews.
Works with Department Chair to identify new trends in industry and
develops courses to prepare students for a professional
- Mentoring: -students in Animation from freshman to seniors;
maintains regular weekly office hours during the academic year.
Mentors new adjunct faculty in the department.
- Service: Participates in program, school and university
meetings and serves on 2 significant committees, one
university-wide and one interdepartmental at the College of Art and
Design. Helps to organize departmental activities such as juries
and year-end reviews, student professional organizations, student
groups and academic activities (extra curricular), and
- Admissions: -Attends admissions events such as open houses,
portfolio days, and Accepted Students Day, and assists in
contacting potential candidates and accepted students.
- Scholarship: Maintains active creative production, research or
scholarship in the field of animation.
- Earned Master of Fine Arts degree; or Bachelor of Fine Arts
degree plus at least 5 years' professional experience in
- A minimum of three years of successful teaching experience
college or university level or professional experience in
- A strong commitment to teaching, and the ability to teach
courses from foundation to senior level.
- Demonstrated meritorious professional and scholarly
achievement, and a commitment to continued advancement of your
- Demonstration of curriculum development experience.
- In-depth understanding of a broad range of contemporary
practices, theories, concepts and applications in the Animation
profession, including the 12 Principles of Animation.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of how to establish best
practices for professional career tracks for animators, and the
ability to build internship contacts.
- Knowledge and willingness to teach traditional character
animation, experimental animation and stop motion animation
- Willingness and ability to learn any animation program or tool
that supports our program including the use of digital video,
graphics software, sound design, editing and compositing.
- Must be authorized to work in the United States; if you hold a
visa, your visa status must allow you to work at Lesley University.
- Ability to teach 2D and 3D narrative using game engines such as
Unity and UDK is desirable.
Additional Information: Compensation and rank will be commensurate
with experience and degree obtained. Background checks are required
for all positions. Lesley University is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity Employer, and is committed to increasing the diversity
of the university community and the curriculum. Candidates who
believe they can contribute to this goal are encouraged to
Application Instructions: A cover letter, CV/resume, statement of
teaching philosophy, a sample syllabus from a course you have
taught, and links to both personal work and work of your students;
plus contact information for three references must be included for
full consideration. Applications will be reviewed upon the
establishment of an appropriate pool of candidates. For
consideration, please use the link below to apply online via our
website. The Association of Academic Museums and Galleries is the
leading educational and professional organization for academic
museums, galleries, and collections. In recognition of the unique
opportunities and challenges of its constituents, the AAMG
establishes and supports best practices, educational activities and
professional development that enable its member organizations to
fulfill their educational missions.
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