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The Cinema Arts Department of Point Park University invites applications for a full-time, tenure track assistant professor to begin August 17, 2020. An MFA/Terminal Degree in animation, digital arts, or a related field is strongly preferred.  Candidates with equivalent industry experience will be considered, but appropriate terminal degree must be completed by the end of the fourth year of the appointment. 

About the Position: The successful applicant will be able to teach in introductory, intermediate, and advanced level courses in Classical Animation, 2D Animation, 3D Animation, Motion Graphics, Animation History, Storyboarding, Concept Art, Compositing, and/or Digital Visual Effects. Ideal candidates will have experience/expertise with multiple software packages, including Adobe Creative Suites: After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator; Cinema 4D; ToonBoom Harmony; Autodesk Maya; Zbrush; and Dragon Frame. Additionally, preference will be shown to those candidates who have significant experience in the animation industry, as well as a demonstrated history of successful teaching at the university level.

Candidates should expect to work closely with undergraduate students and be able to communicate effectively with a diverse group, both orally and in writing. Principal responsibilities include teaching, supporting student projects, and participating in service to departmental or university-wide committees and/or service to the community. The successful candidate will be committed to teaching within a vibrant/demanding conservatory environment and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching, mentoring and creative activity with undergraduates. All faculty in the Conservatory share in significant advising and mentoring of students on both academic and career goals.

Tenure-track faculty at PPU are expected to conduct creative activity/research in their area of expertise. These activities include, but are not limited to, research leading to publication of books and/or articles in academic and professional journals, performances/exhibitions/juried competitions in the fine and performing arts, seeking funding in support of research and teaching needs, and contributing to workshops and conferences.

About the Department and Program: Housed in the growing Cinema Art Department, the Animation and Visual Effects program offers a rigorous BFA in Animation and supports the departmental BA in Cinema Arts. The department also offers degrees in Cinema Production and Screenwriting. As part of Point Park’s prestigious Conservatory of Performing Arts, the department mission focuses on fostering a highly collaborative artistic environment.

The Point Park University Animation Program is in its 8th year. In 2019 the program was ranked in the top 50 animation schools in the country for those offering BFAs and in the top 20 of animation schools on the east coast. The program boasts two state of the art animation labs with 20 computers in each. Additionally, there are three animation suites where students can work individually. Students intern at various motion graphics and visual effects studios in Pittsburgh and also for local sports teams. Recent graduates have had their senior thesis films accepted and screened at several international animation festivals and have found work throughout the country in the animation industry.

About the University: Located in the heart of one of the most livable cities in the US, Point Park University, was recently listed as a 2018-2019 college of distinction. It is a vibrant, urban campus located at the periphery of historic Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh, with an enrollment of approximately 4000 full and part-time students in more than 50 areas of academic study. With over 300 full-time undergraduate students, the Cinema Department is one of three departments in the University’s nationally recognized Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA).

Admission to COPA is competitive with students matriculating from 47 states and around the world. The departmental programs provide strong academic curricula with rigorous training that provides the skills needed for success in today’s creative economy.

Application Procedure: Please submit a letter of application, CV, samples of creative work, a statement of teaching philosophy and a list of three professional references with contact information by e-mail to:  In the e-mail, please note that the subject line MUST STATE: Assistant Professor – Animation

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  For additional information, visit

Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States and not require employer sponsorship.