University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee — Assistant Visiting Professor of Animation

Assistant Visiting Professor of Animation

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Position Number: 02300314

Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)
The Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres is widely known for its success in teaching innovative, experimental media production. As a result, we have produced a remarkable, successful set of alumni—people who are active at high levels in all sectors of contemporary media production. The department currently supports 500 Film BFA majors, and 34 Film Minors. Our MFA in Cinematic Arts supports as many as twelve interdisciplinary graduate students at a time.

In 2018, the department introduced a BA in Animation. Our animation program currently supports traditional methods, the Adobe Suite, stop motion, puppetry, and experimental methods. The animation program is fast-growing, and we are seeking to expand the animation faculty with a specialist in Digital and 3D animation. The animation program is located in the Kenilworth building which currently houses two variable animation labs. The Animation BA is integrated with the Film BA in which students share many of the same classes, classrooms, and resources. We currently have 60 Animation BA students.

The UWM Peck School of the Arts is one of the largest and most comprehensive arts schools in the region. It has nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offers degree programs in art & design, dance, film, music, and theatre. UWM is located on the east side of Milwaukee less than a mile from Lake Michigan. The university community enjoys both the cultural and employment advantages of a large city and the pleasant surroundings of a residential neighborhood.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a state-supported top-tiered (R1) research university with 24,000 students and it offers 206 academic programs. Its commitment to excellence, powerful ideas, community and global engagement, and collaborative partnerships is achieved, in part, through its guiding values:
• Innovation, leadership, and collaboration that fosters learning through education, scholarship and research, and public service.
• Opportunities for open inquiry to support the positive transformation of individuals (students, faculty, and staff), institutions, and communities.
• A caring, compassionate, and collegial community characterized by mutual respect and safety.
• Diversity in all of its definitions, including who we are, how we think, and what we do.
• Ethical behavior, based on integrity, accountability, and responsibility
• Transparent and inclusive decision making.
• Stewardship of resources that promote sustainability, prosperity, and equity for all in the local and global communities.
• Pride in our institution, our unique qualities, and our vital role.

Job Summary
The Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres (FVANG) is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. We seek applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of 3D/Digital Animation with an expected start date of August 22, 2022. This is a 2-year contract position that has a possibility of extension, and is full-time during the academic year (9-months). A terminal degree (MFA or Master-level degree in media production or studio art) is required. Please see minimum qualifications below.

We are seeking a candidate with an active practice, exhibition record, and a recognized or growing artistic profile. Candidates will view animation as an art form and must also demonstrate a strong commitment to the hands-on teaching of animation techniques. Evidence of successful college-level teaching is required.

We are looking for a candidate who can lead an expansion of our animation track to include 3D and strengthen our digital curriculum. The candidate is expected to have proficiency in two or more of the following: Maya, Blender, Adobe After Effects, 3D Studio Max, TVPaint, Harmony, or similar. A successful candidate will have the skills to lead students through all aspects of animation, from concept development to final output. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory, intermediate, and upper-level courses across various modes of animation production. Candidates may work with graduate students and serve on graduate faculty committees, and will be required to serve on committees at the departmental level.

We will consider candidates who teach and create in a range of animation methods including narrative, character-based, experimental, abstract, hybrid forms, and new media. Teaching topics may include all aspects of 3D animation production, experimentation with the software, traditional character design, and motion capture, based on the candidate's skillset.

Priority will be given to those who can teach across a range of methods and value an expansive outlook on animation. Additionally, we invite candidates with a profound commitment to the stewardship of equity and inclusion. We particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.

Minimum Qualifications
1) Terminal degree required: MFA or Master-level degree in Media Production or Studio Art;
2) University teaching experience at the undergraduate level;
3) Foundational digital and/or 3D animation production skills;
4) Proficiency in two or more of the following: Maya, Blender, Adobe After Effects, 3D Studio Max, TVPaint, Harmony, or similar.

Preferred Qualifications
1) Record of teaching digital and 3D animation;
2) Significant record of artistic accomplishment in animation.

Application Instructions
Completed on-line application materials must include a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a teaching statement/philosophy; a diversity statement (attach to Other Document 1); a document listing three references with contract information; one sample syllabus (attach to Other Document 2); and a document with links to selected streaming content of the applicant’s production work, including no more than three examples (works over 20 minutes should indicate specific selections to view) (attach to Other Document 3). Additional materials may be requested at a later date.

For questions or additional information, contact the email address at mailto:filmwebsite@uwm.edu.

All finalists for this position will require a criminal records review consistent with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act.

Application Notes
For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.

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UWM is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. UWM will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin’s Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of “final candidates” and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

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Employment Authorization

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Title and Total Compensation Project

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To apply, please visit: https://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/33741

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