University of Colorado Assistant/Associate Professor in Denver, Colorado

University of Colorado – College of Arts & Media

Assistant/Associate Professor

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The College of Arts & Media, a creative catalyst within a public urban research university, seeks faculty for the Departments of Music and Entertainment Studies, Film & Television and Visual Arts. New resources and several retirements have presented us an opportunity to engage in a cluster hire approach across our three departments, seeking out a dynamic group of faculty that can not only contribute to their own disciplinary areas within their departments, but also help bridge curriculum and creative research across the college. We are looking for a faculty cohort that is representative of our highly diverse student population.

The Visual Arts Department at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) seeks an exceptional individual to fill a full-time and ranked faculty position as an Associate Professor in 3D & Digital Animation. This position is a 40/40/20 split between research, teaching and service. Qualified candidates will be expected to teach courses in 3D modeling, animation, texturing and lighting, and rigging with an emphasis in Maya. The ideal candidate will have expertise using software commonly used in the industry (Maya, Houdini, Nuke, Unity, Unreal, ZBrush, Substance Designer).

If hired at the associate level with tenure, the candidate will be expected to serve in a leadership role for the Digital Animation Center (DAC). While serving in this leadership role, the teaching portion will be reduced to a 2/2 teaching load. In this position, the candidate will provide vision and leadership for the animation emphasis, supervise budgets in coordination with CAM staff, review technology investments and develop class schedules and faculty teaching assignments, advise students, review curriculum and provide oversight to maintain a high quality of instruction for students.

At the Assistant Professor level, to achieve tenure, the candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an active national and/or international record of exhibition and professional accomplishments. To facilitate creative research activities the successful candidate will have an option to obtain an additional course release during their first year.

The start date for this position is August, 2019. The University of Colorado Denver is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment. We are especially interested in candidates that are typically under-represented within the field of 3D animation.

The Digital animation Center

The Digital Animation Center (DAC) curriculum provides an uncompromising level of university-level undergraduate instruction in the practice, application, and theory of digital 3D media. DAC faculty are experienced professionals with many years of real, practical work experience in a wide variety of animation expertise from broadcast, film, museum, scientific visualization, simulation and the gaming industries. The goal of the DAC is to bring together diverse scholars and practitioners to provide optimal learning experiences for students in creative imaging and visualization solutions for the evolving areas of research, production and entertainment.

The College of Arts & Media


The College of Arts & Media (CAM) envisions a world made smaller, and more fully human, by the artist’s, designer’s and scholar’s interpretations of the human experience. The goal of the faculty, staff, alumni and community partners is to send students out into the world confident of purpose, ready to succeed. CAM students acquire the skills they need to excel in an academically rigorous, experiential learning environment energized by creative exchange, real-world experience and diversity of voice.

In addition to having notable and relevant specialization(s) in research and creative work, candidates will have professional affinities and the motivation to also teach, lead, model and conduct research and creative work across the three departments in CAM. Experience and/or aptitude in professional practice (persuasive speaking, networking, leadership, critical thinking, creative thinking, clear writing, project management, technological skills, financial and business, entrepreneurial skills) is prime criteria for consideration, and an awareness/involvement to assure CAM graduates are future-ready to enter the creative industries. The expectations for all faculty hires is to be civically engaged (to advance opportunities for students and attainment for faculty research and creative work), as active and dynamic citizens of a culture that engages broadly with the community, and participation in student recruitment.

The College of Arts & Media, located on the Downtown Denver campus, offers B.F.A. and B.A. degrees in Studio Arts, Art History, Film and Television and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Music with studies in the rapidly growing field of audio forensics. Visual Arts majors select programs in Art History, Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Digital Design and Digital Animation.

The University of Colorado Denver**

The University of Colorado Denver is comprised of the recently consolidated Denver Campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus. The consolidated university confers more graduate degrees each year than any other higher education institution in Colorado, offers over 130 degree programs in 13 schools and colleges, and brings in nearly $400 million annually in sponsored research.

The Denver Campus is located downtown next to a vibrant commercial and cultural district, three major professional sports venues, the Denver Convention Center, and city and state government offices. The Denver Campus alone has an enrollment of over 15,000 learners, and has a highly diverse student population.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MFA or PhD degree or equivalent professional success in art/animation/computer graphics/gaming or a related field.

  • A body of creative work that reflects a high degree of knowledge in 3D animation.

  • Expertise in 3D animation and/or modeling. Specifically, 3D modeling, animation, texturing and lighting, and rigging with an emphasis in Maya

  • Ability and willingness to discern and meet the needs of students

  • Ability to work with others in a collegial and productive manner

  • Ability to maintain a climate that is collegial, that respects and values diversity, that treats faculty, staff and learners fairly and that is hospitable to creativity and innovation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • College-level teaching experience. (strongly preferred)

  • An active national or international record of professional accomplishments and relevant body of work.

  • Expertise in using software commonly used in the industry (Maya, Houdini, Nuke, Unity, Unreal, ZBrush, Substance Designer)

  • Successful experience in leading teams

  • Experience and/or aptitude in supporting faculty attainment and working within a university environment

  • Curriculum development experience

  • Active industry/internship or education connections

Serving as DAC leadership comes with a course release along with the following responsibilities :

  • Program outreach

  • Industry relations

  • Coordinating with CAM marketing staff

  • Curriculum oversight and outcomes/assessment

  • Budget oversight, working with CAM budget officer

  • Course and faculty scheduling

  • Portfolio review organization and notification

Job: *Faculty

Organization: *D0001 -- Denver Campus

Title: Assistant/Associate Professor

Location: Denver

Requisition ID: 15512