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Assistant Professor of Practice for Animation and Visual Effects

Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
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Nov 26, 2021

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Assistant Professor of Practice in Animation and Visual Effects

At Purdue University, the Department of Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) is one of six units in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. It offers a BS and a MS in Computer Graphics Technology and participates in the Polytechnic Institute PhD program. CGT balances undergraduate and graduate education with a strong research and engagement agenda. For additional information, please see: The department includes majors in game development and design, animation and visual effects, data visualization, building information modeling and product lifecycle management, and UX design.

The Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University (CGT) invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Practice faculty position in the area of Animation and Visual Effects. We are a research-intensive department focused on applied research informed by close engagement with industry. Our program is technically oriented with post-graduation student placement primarily in the domains of technical art, technical animation, technical direction and programming. Our alumni work successfully in the highest echelons of the animation and game industries.


A Masters degree in animation, digital media, digital arts, film studies, art, or relevant digital media discipline must be completed by August 1, 2022. Substantial industry experience with work on projects of national reputation is required.

Job Description

The faculty member will support the undergraduate majors in Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design and Development, conduct research and development in industry practices, and provide service and engagement work. Teaching courses in one or more of the following areas will be required: character animation, rigging, 3D motion graphics, and/or visual effects integration with live action.


Commitment to teaching and conducting research and development in current industry practices is required. Demonstrating active learning pedagogies, teaching and developing undergraduate and graduate courses, and mentoring are expected. Applicants must be committed to all aspects of diversity in learning, discovery, and engagement.

Application Process

All candidates need to apply through the Success Factors link found here: Review of applications will begin no later than November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching, a diversity statement, a professional portfolio, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Purdue University's Department of Computer Graphics Technology is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including creative output, scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Any questions about this position should be sent to the search committee chair:

Dr. Colin M. Gray (

Department of Computer Graphics Technology

Polytechnic Institute

Purdue University

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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