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Stop Motion Faculty Position


Position Category: Academic
Position Title: Stop Motion Faculty Position
School/Department: School of Film/Video - Program of Experimental Animation
Reports To: Dean of Film/Video
Time: Full Time
Term of Employment:
Appointment: Regular
Position Starts: 09/01/2014
Search Closes: 03/01/2014

Information & Responsibilities

The Program in Experimental Animation in the School of Film/Video at CalArts seeks applicants for a full time stop motion faculty position, starting September 2014. The Program emphasizes innovative approaches and prioritizes experimental approaches with a fine art animation context.

Responsibilities include teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in a culturally and artistically diverse academic environment, advising students on matters related to stop motion, as well as participating in program and school-wide administrative matters.

Responsibilities include:

  •  Class preparation and student grading,
  •  Six hours per week of classroom instruction this includes two courses per semester
  •  Advising students in independent studies,
  •  Administrative and management duties for the stop motion studio facilities,
  •  Attending faculty meetings,
  •  Participating in all curricular planning and assessment activities,
  •  Mentoring at least twelve students,
  •  Participating in reviews of student applications, mid-residency reviews, preliminary reviews, thesis reviews, graduation reviews, and student film juries,
  •  Attending program, school, and Institute events,
  •  Other duties assigned by the Program Director and the Dean.


The School of Film/Video seeks an outstanding candidate with a significant international reputation as an experimental filmmaker specializing in stop motion, preferably with experience in other areas of animation as well.

  •  Prefer three or more years of teaching experience at the college level.
  •  Capacity to create an inventive and inspiring environment in the studio.
  •  A comprehensive knowledge in both traditional and innovative approaches to the use of materials, set design, lighting, cinematography, and animation is welcome.
  •  Although an M.F.A. degree is encouraged, candidates with substantial professional experience are welcome to apply and will be seriously considered.
  •  The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching

experimental and interdisciplinary, supporting student achievement, and both program and school academic service. In addition, the ideal candidate will have effective leadership and organizational skills.

How to Apply

Application deadline: March 1, 2014
Candidates should mail a letter of interest, current CV, and examples of creative work (DVD or URL) to:

Steve Anker, Dean
School of Film/Video
Search: Stop Motion Faculty
California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355

or for submitting application materials via email:

All submissions will be treated confidentially.

Equity & Diversity

CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to
supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A
commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and
currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work
to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing
way. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). In our efforts to reach a diverse application pool, please follow the link to fill out an optional survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Eq_Div

Further Information

CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts
through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and
Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the
complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a
distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor
and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure
necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and
opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United
States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees
in all areas of visual and performing arts.

The School of Film/Video is one of the nation’s premier colleges for studying the art of the moving image and hosts a faculty of actively working film artists. The Program in Experimental Animation is renowned for fostering technically skilled, artistically accomplished and inner-directed artists. Our groundbreaking course of study is generally acknowledged as one of the leading animation programs in the world. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants and members of underrepresented groups.

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