Lecturer in 3D Animation




Lecturer in 3D Animation


The Department of the Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute invites applications for a Lecturer in 3D Animation to begin Fall 2022. This is a full-time, multi-year, renewable, non-tenure-track faculty position that supports the animation tracks in the Electronic Arts major and the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) majors. We seek an artist working in digital 3D media, with a strong record of creative practice and professional accomplishments with demonstrated potential for teaching excellence at the collegiate level. The ideal candidate will be able to support students in developing technical proficiency, creative vision, and critical perspective in animation, games, interactive media, and experimental media art.


Teaching responsibilities will include courses in 3D modeling and animation, as well as intermediate and advanced topics and production courses. Potential additional areas of interest include digital sculpting, technical art and rigging, lighting and rendering, visual effects, concept art, game animation, motion capture, virtual reality, virtual production, scientific visualization, digital fabrication, or other emerging practices in 3D digital media.


The successful candidate must hold an MFA or Ph.D. or foreign degree equivalent at the time of appointment. 


The faculty appointment will be in the Department of the Arts, contributing to the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences Program. The Department of the Arts at Rensselaer is home to one of the first Electronic Arts programs in the country. The B.S. and Ph.D. in Electronic Arts include animation, studio art, sound art, music and music technology, digital filmmaking, multimedia installation, augmented and virtual reality, experimental games, performance art, bio-art, internet art, and other experimental media at the intersection of art, science, and technology. Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences is an interdisciplinary program, with concentrations that include computer science, cognitive science, art and animation, music and game audio, management, and game writing and narrative design. Graduates from the Electronic Arts and GSAS degrees have gone on to work at studios such as Disney Animation, Dreamworks Animation, Bethesda Softworks, thatgamecompany, and Vicarious Visions, as well as careers as media artists, filmmakers, and independent game developers.


Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s first technological university.  With approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students from around the world, the university offers more than 145 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.  Rensselaer is located in Troy, NY, the heart of the “Tech Valley” region of the Hudson River Valley.


We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender, and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, please submit a Letter of Interest, CV, Teaching Statement, Artist Statement, Diversity Statement, and link to an online portfolio or reel:


Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Please reference the position of Lecturer in 3D Animation in your cover letter.

For more information about the Department of the Arts and the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences Program, visit:



Questions regarding this search may be addressed to the search committee chair, Professor Silvia Ruzanka, at ruzans@rpi.edu


The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Russell Sage Laboratory (SAGE) 4307, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 276-2576

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