Program Director in B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects (F679)

Job description

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running.

Position Title: Program Director of the B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects, Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Cinematic Arts

Position Tracking Number: F679

School/College: College of Music and the Arts

Department: Cinematic Arts

Location: Azusa campus


The Azusa Pacific University Department of Cinematic Arts invites applications for the position of the Program Director of the new B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects, appointment to begin January 1, 2018. The department, which consists of six full-time faculty members, offers a B.A. in Cinematic Arts, BFA in Cinematic Arts Production, BFA in Screenwriting, and an M.A. in Screenwriting. The Department is in the process of launching a B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects and a B.A. in Digital Gaming and Interactive Media.

The Department of Cinematic Arts is housed within the School of Visual and Performing Arts in the College of Music and the Arts. The College of Music and the Arts is focused on exceptional artistic development and the incorporation of authentic Christian faith. These dual aspirations extend and enrich our influence on culture.


The Program Director directs the B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects, teaches in the program, ensures academic excellence and innovation in the program, and coordinates the program's curriculum and adjunct faculty. The Program Director reports to the Chair of the Department of Cinematic Arts and works with the department chair on faculty recruitment and development, program assessment and curriculum development, student recruitment and retention, development, and budget management.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses and will, with the assistance of the department chair and the undergraduate associate dean, coordinate affairs of the B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects. Applicants should demonstrate an active career in animation or related media. May be needed to work at alternative teaching sites. Additional responsibilities include:

  1. Work with college and university leadership to recruit and retain students.
  2. Student advising.
  3. Active participation in service to the University through committee participation, School and/or University level as well as service to the broader professional community.
  4. Maintain active professional scholarship.
  5. Advance the APU mission, vision, and strategic plan.
  6. Other duties as assigned by the Chair.

Level: Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications.

Qualifications: Earned terminal degree in Animation and/or Visual Effects or equivalent professional experience, and a commitment to teaching excellence and industry connectivity.

Experience: Experience in higher-education teaching in Animation and/or Visual Effects or equivalent professional experience.

Workload: 10 or 11-month contract.

Mental Demands:

  • Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
  • Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.

Hire Date: Open until filled.

Additional Information:

Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University's Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at, to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Application Procedure:

To apply, visit Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.




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Job No: F679
Posted: 9/6/2017
Application Due: 10/20/2017
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable