College of Arts & Letters


Department of ART

Assistant Professor, Department of ART, Animation

Starting Date:

Fall, 2017

Minimum Qualifications:

MFA in animation, or doctoral degree with emphasis in animation, or equivalent in a related field, is required at the time of employment. Candidates should provide a record of meritorious practice, the potential for further contributions in the field, as well as proof of effective teaching and knowledge of various methodologies.  Candidates should provide a record of their teaching, scholarly activity, and a description of their teaching philosophy. Candidates should also demonstrate an ability or interest in teaching in a multicultural, multiethnic campus.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.

Preferred Qualifications:

Three years or more of higher education teaching experience in Animation, Visual Arts, Media Arts or Design, with an emphasis on independent animation production.

Exceptional ability with new creative strategies in animation, and expertise in as many as possible of the following areas: Traditional Animation, 3D-Animation(CGI), Stop-Motion Animation, Motion Graphic Art, Experimental Animation, mixed-media effects, Game Development/Design, Coding, Interactive Animation, History and Theory of the Moving Image. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to engage in open, critical discussions with students.

Demonstrated ability to teach and profess knowledge of independent animation, visual arts, design, moving image critique, and critical approaches to contemporary arts practice. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to personal or critical expression with animation as an art form. The candidate’s teaching philosophy or approach must fit within the Art Department's mission.

Ability to manage and increase the facilities in animation production, including stop-motion studio equipment, mechanical and digital animation equipment, 3D printing technology, advanced software for 2D and 3D animation, digital sculpting, and/or interactive game software, and capability to develop internship programs with industry.

Candidates should possess the ability and desire to build course curriculum, write grants, and further develop the animation program on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants should possess interest in advising students and participating productively on committees.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus (Department, College, and University) and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.


Initial salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

Cal State LA is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. With over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs led by award-winning faculty, Cal State LA’s dedication to access and excellence has been recognized nationally.  Founded in 1947, the University is located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and serves more than 27,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the area. As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving and Minority-serving institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. This longstanding commitment is reflected in its history as home to the nation’s first Chicano Studies program, second Pan-African Studies program, as well as Latin American and Asian and Asian American Studies programs. Faculty have the opportunity to establish affiliate status with ethnic studies and other academic programs, including the Honors College. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

Required Documentation:

To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by 8/31/2016. The search is open until filled and will automatically close on 12/10/2016 if not filled.

Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of teaching philosophy, an artist statement, portfolio, supplemental information (articles, papers, catalogues, websites) and the University’s Application for Academic Employment form.  Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Address applications and required documentation (preferably in PDF format) and/or requests for information to:


Animation Search Committee
Department of ART
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Cal State LA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to achieving and supporting diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. Applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a strong record of mentoring students from underserved or underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

All qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.