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Assistant Professor of Computer Animation and Game Development

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Recruitment Details

Position Details and Department Information

Recruitment Number FA0121
Posting Period

Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Working Title Assistant Professor of Computer Animation and Game Development
Class Title Instructional Faculty
Level/Range/Grade 3
Salary Range (From $ to $) Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Department Computer Animation and Game Development
Number of Positions 1
FLSA Code Exempt
Status Tenure-Track
Full-time/part-time (if part-time, indicate time base) Full-Time
Shift Varies
Pay Plan Academic Year
CBU/MOU R03 - CFA Faculty
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Position Summary

Postion Information

CSU, Chico and the College of Engineering, Computer Science & Construction Management seek candidates whose teaching, research, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. We hold Hispanic Serving Institution designation.

The Computer Animation and Game Development Program is searching for an assistant professor to start August 21,2018. California State University, Chico is seeking faculty who are competent in their field, collaborative with colleagues and staff, and committed to student success. Position is contingent on funding.

Minimum Education and Experience

A PhD, MFA, or Master’s Degree in Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), Digital Interactive Media, Game Development, or closely related degree from an accredited college or university by time of appointment. An MS or MA requires either: three years of experience teaching at an accredited university or college or five years of documented work experience, in the game development or CGI industries, in the United States.

Additional Requirements and Responsibilities for this position

This tenure-track position carries responsibilities in the areas of undergraduate teaching, scholarship and professional development, and service to the department, university, and community. Service includes student advising, serving on academic committees, the industry advisory council, and outreach activities. Teaching assignments are based upon qualifications of the individual and the needs of the department.

Recruitment Preferences

A significant exhibition record or professional industry work experience, knowledge of the history and criticism of the digital interactive media, ability to convey the relationship between technology and visual design, and the ability to work collaboratively within the University and Program. Demonstrable experience with 3D modeling, modular modeling, lighting, texturing, and environment modeling, for use in production applications. Expertise in Autodesk Maya, Substance Painter and Adobe Photoshop. Experience with the iterative design process. Knowledge of practical pre-visualization techniques and post-production techniques. Working knowledge of the Unity Game Engine and Programming/Scripting, with considerations for Augmented/Virtual Reality Technologies. Undergraduate and graduate level university teaching experience with positive teaching evaluations. Experience employing high-impact practices, including flipping the classroom, and using web and other technologies to enhance the learning environment.

Contact & Special Recruitment Information

Direct job-related questions to:
Dr. Clarke Steinback, Director
CAGD Program

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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.


CSU, Chico offers a number of benefits to its employees (e.g., sick leave, vacation, health insurance). Eligibility for standard CSU benefits is based on an appointment of half-time or more for a period exceeding six months. Employees appointed less than half-time or less than six months are not eligible for standard CSU benefits but do receive prorated sick leave and vacation.

Eligibility for Affordable Care Act (ACA) benefits is based on an appointment of at least three-quarter time, hired to work a minimum of 130 hours per month over the course of the appointment or works an average of 130 hours or more per month during the measurement period. The ACA guidelines provide for health coverage or FlexCash only. ACA does not provide dental or vision plan coverage.

Benefits Information

This position qualifies for benefits including tuition fee waiver (if eligible).

About the University, Hiring Department and Community

The CAGD Program offers a BS Degree with two options, one in Animation, and one in Game Development. Along with the Bachelor’s Degree, the Program offers two Minors, one in Applied Computer Graphics, and one in Game Design. Typically, graduate students pursue Interdisciplinary Degrees, working with other Departments across the CSU, Chico campus to focus on a specific industry-related need. The CAGD Program offers one General Education course in Computer-Assisted Art. For more information please visit the Department website and the College website.

California State University, Chico is one of the first campuses in the nation to sign a long-range commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become “climate neutral” in its effect on the environment. The commitment to sustainable policies and practices provides us the opportunity to integrate this into our educational and scholarly activities.

You can receive detailed information about the University by viewing this site.

As a university that educates students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we value a diverse faculty and staff. CSU, Chico welcomes applicants who are knowledgeable about and interested in working within a cross-cultural learning environment. We also welcome those who share a passion and commitment to the University’s 6th Strategic Priority that focuses on sustainability, stewardship, and the environment – view information on Sustainability at CSU, Chico on this site.

California State University, Chico is committed to achieving excellence through diversity in the classroom and the workplace. It strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students, faculty, and staff.

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.

Posting Details

Open Date 12/18/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Information

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover letter that includes a reflection on the importance of diversity and inclusion in higher education, including personal experience, if any, where you have directly advocated for or supported diversity and inclusion.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Complete Set of Transcripts (unofficial acceptable)
  4. Link to Portfolio Website
  5. List of Three References including e-mail and phone number information
Optional Documents