Tenure-Track Position, Inclusive Practices in Film Animation
Job title: Tenure-Track Position, Inclusive Practices in Film Animation
Position code: 20_T_CINE
Date posted: October 4, 2022
Application deadline: December 15, 2022
Advertised until: Position is filled
The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in the Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Inclusive Practices in Film Animation to begin August 1, 2023. Exceptional candidates at the Associate level may also be considered. Duties include teaching undergraduate courses in animation filmmaking while mentoring students in a broad range of techniques and practices, as well as the possibility of supervising students at the MFA level. The incumbent will teach a 2/2 load of film animation production courses, centering inclusive teaching practices within a core curriculum that includes introductory, intermediate, and advanced animation filmmaking, technical aspects of animation, and analytical drawing for animation and storyboard. The successful candidate will be expected to fully participate in academic life through contributions in program administration and stewardship, curriculum development, departmental and university-wide committee work, and other relevant service duties. In addition to teaching and service, faculty members are expected to maintain an active practice of animation filmmaking, research-creation, and dissemination.
Qualifications and assets
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and research-creation that centers diversity within animation practices. Preference will be given to candidates whose animation interests include Indigenous animation, African and Black diasporic animation, global diasporic animation, and/or decolonization and the impact of colonization in animation practices. Other possible areas of focus may include disability in animation, neurodiversity in animation, LGBTQ2S+ animation, activist- or community-based animation, expanded animation, and/or contemporary animation and visual cultures and subcultures.
We are seeking applicants with an established independent animation filmmaking practice (including festival screenings, gallery exhibitions, conferences and/or relevant professional experience in studio or auteur animation), demonstrating potential for independent research-creation and the securing of external research or research-creation funding. Candidates must have a completed MFA or equivalent terminal degree in Film Animation or a related field (or be near completion at the start date of the appointment). The main criteria for selection are artistic, cinematic, and teaching excellence. We especially welcome candidates with a passion for dynamic, creative teaching, lived experience mentoring diverse groups of students, and a clearly demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity within their working environment. Candidates are encouraged to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on their career goals in their letter of application. These will be carefully considered in the assessment process. The School values diversity among its faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. Concordia University is an English-language institution of higher learning at which the primary language of instruction and research is English. Since this position supports academic functions of the university, proficiency in English is required. Working knowledge of French is an asset.
Applicants’ filmmaking practice may include but is not limited to the following: stop-motion, traditional/hand-drawn animation, storyboarding, experimental animation, animated installation (gallery/site-specific installation), drawing/design for animation, under camera/direct animation, artistic/creative compositing, artistic use of 3-D (CGI), documentary/nonfiction animation, independent animation producing, visual music/sound for animation, and others.
Additional assets may include:
- evidence of critical engagement with animation as a research-creation-practice within an academic context;
- experience in related areas of fine arts practices and pedagogy and/or interdisciplinary practices;
- flexibility and creative thinking;
- experience in practice and pedagogy of sound for animation;
- knowledge of animation software such as Premiere Pro, Dragonframe, AfterEffects, Photoshop, ProTools, TVPaint, or similar software, as well as digital cameras.
How to Apply
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applicants must include one of the following statements:
Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
Applications should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before December 15, 2022 but, will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and will be required to provide an attestation of their terminal degree(s). Submissions should consist of a single PDF file that is identified with the candidate’s name and position code, and includes the following items in the order specified below:
- cover letter outlining past and current research, as well as excellence in teaching traditional, narrative, and/or experimental animation techniques and storyboard-based methodologies at the post-secondary level;
- current curriculum vitae indicating artistic achievements (including awards and accolades), exhibitions and grants, and all relevant professional experience;
- current portfolio of works demonstrating an active, professional practice as an independent animation filmmaker/practitioner. Please include and briefly describe any relevant research including films, exhibitions, festivals, galleries, conference presentations, articles, publications, reviews, etc. (For video files in the portfolio, please submit links to a professional website, YouTube or Vimeo channel. If the link is private, please provide the password.);
- evidence of teaching effectiveness—e.g. teaching evaluations (if applicable), assignments, and syllabi of courses taught. The successful candidate will offer evidence of experience working respectfully and collaboratively with diverse groups of students, staff and faculty;
- statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) regarding filmmaking practice and pedagogy;
- statement of teaching philosophy that demonstrates a clearly open and supportive approach to pedagogy and a commitment to EDI and belonging;
- statement of animation research interests and practice, and an outline of research or research-creation plans for the next three years;
- names and contact information of three referees.
All inquiries regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Martin Lefebvre, Chair, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at email@example.com.
Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.
These ongoing or anticipated examples can include, but are not limited to:
- teaching about underrepresented populations
- mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
- committee work
- offering or organizing educational programming
- participation in training and workshops
All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.
Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Anna Barrafato, Accessibility Change Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 3511.
Housed within the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia’s Film Animation BFA program provides a comprehensive fine arts-based alternative to the industrial model for the learning and creation of animation filmmaking. Our students complete award-winning, hand-crafted animated short films which screen in festivals and galleries worldwide. The curriculum includes classical hand-drawn animation, under-camera (paint, clay, pastel, charcoal, mixed media), stop-motion, animated documentary, sound design, ceramics animation, animated installation, visual music, experimental animation, creative compositing, 3-D (CGI), and many more. Our Film Animation alumni and faculty boast one Oscar win, ten Academy Award nominations, Golden Doves, Gémeaux Awards, Canadian Screen Awards, and hundreds of prestigious international awards for their animated films. Film Animation faculty consciously strive to create a warm, supportive, and collaborative environment for students and colleagues alike and are deeply committed to furthering diversity and inclusion within the student body and professoriate. Our graduates go on to work with the National Film Board of Canada or create their own independent animation studios producing cutting edge films, stop-motion, sound, storyboards, graphic novels, and animated installation work for festivals, galleries, and studios around the world.
With over 4,000 students, faculty, and staff, the Faculty of Fine Arts is among the five largest art and design schools in North America. Nestled in the heart of a pulsing city, embraced by a dynamic research university, the Faculty of Fine Arts benefits from extraordinary access to brilliant practitioners, thriving venues, cross-cultural perspectives, and an extensive network of outstanding facilities for research and production.
Taking advantage of our place within the rich fabric of a research university and our long history as one of the premiere sites in Canada for the study and creation of the arts and arts-based scholarship, the Faculty of Fine Arts is currently engaged in a transformative moment in which pedagogical, conceptual, theoretical, and material practices find resonance with a significant diversity of approaches. In our university community we value equally those practices that embrace aesthetic activism, live performance, historical scholarship, technical experimentation, skills-based production, community fieldwork and education, and therapeutic practices as well as traditional and digital fabrication. In addition to curricular advances, the formation of significant research centres and external partnerships in the Faculty of Fine Arts continue to enrich opportunities for faculty and students alike. The faculty is also home to a number of research groups led by faculty members who are Black, Indigenous and people of colour and disabled, and centred on their concerns. For more information, please visit the Faculty of Fine Arts website.
Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, on the traditional lands and waters of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation, is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.
Building on the skills of our faculty and the strengths of Indigenous, local, and global partnerships, we set our sights further and more broadly than others and align the quality of learning opportunities to larger trends and substantial challenges facing society.
“Concordia is a young, forward-looking university. It’s a unique place where experimentation, innovation and creativity are truly valued. Our community of students, faculty, staff and alumni all contribute to our momentum as Canada’s next-gen university.” — Concordia President Graham Carr.
Profoundly global, Concordia is North America’s top university under the age of 50 and is recognized for attracting some of the most talented faculty and students from around the world. Driven by ambition, innovation and a commitment to reconciliation, research and community engagement, Concordia is celebrated for advancing transformative learning, convergent thinking and public impact.
Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, is exceptional; safe, vibrant and diverse, with new things to discover around every corner. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather and conduct our activities. With a population of 1.7 million, Tiohtià:ke/Montreal is home to four major universities and several clinical research centres and has been named the best student city in the world. It offers the most affordable tuition in Canada.
The city enjoys a thriving multicultural scene. Bilingualism is a part of Montreal’s tradition and adds to its inspiring atmosphere. While supporting a significant anglophone population, it is the one of the largest French-speaking cities in the world.
Montreal is famed for its innovative culinary scene and festivals. It was also the first metropolis to be designated a UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity.
The city is recognized globally as an important centre for commerce, aerospace, transport, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, gaming and film.
Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtià:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.
Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applications must include one of the following statements:
Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.