School of Film and Animation
Live-Action Production Instructional Faculty
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
The College of Art and Design, and the School of Film and Animation at Rochester
Institute of Technology are inviting applications for an Assistant Professor, Live-Action
Production Instructional Faculty (Tenure-Track).
The Live-Action Production Instructional Faculty member will teach courses in film
production in at least two of the following areas: directing, screenwriting, producing,
cinematography, and post-production. Courses will involve teaching undergraduate and
graduate students the aesthetics and techniques of making films and focusing on a variety
of skills and concepts in the production of narrative and documentary work.
The candidate should demonstrate a sound knowledge of filmmaking processes, current
and emerging technologies, and an understanding of film history. The successful
applicant is committed to teaching production and capable of inspiring a critical and
inventive environment in the classroom.
The applicant will continue to be an actively engaged filmmaker. The anticipated start
date is August 12, 2020.
The following minimum qualifications are required:
●MFA in film production or appropriate terminal degree in a related discipline.
● Professional filmmaking experience.
● Teaching experience at the college level.
● Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the College’s continuing commitment
to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.
● Artistic achievement in narrative or documentary filmmaking.
● Extensive experience in at least two of the following areas: directing,
screenwriting, producing, cinematography, and post-production.
● Instructional faculty members must possess and project the utmost integrity
and highest standards of professional conduct, and must be an individual
marked by accomplishment and experience.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
● Teaching 5-6 courses per year ranging from lower-division to upperdivision
and graduate level foundational, technical and production
● Maintaining a high level of expertise in current technologies, trends,
methodologies, and software developments in the professional
● Advising undergraduate and graduate students on SOFA program
coursework and activities.
● Participating in university, college, and school service, and community
● Engaging in scholarly activities/research within the arts, design, and media
● Faculty advising on senior projects, graduate thesis films, and professional
● Working with school faculty on program and curricular development.
● Serve on committees, perform other job-related duties and special projects.
The School of Film and Animation
The internationally-recognized School of Film and Animation (“SOFA”) is where the
timeless art of filmmaking meets cutting-edge technology. It’s a creative community that
allows approximately 325 undergraduate and 50 graduate students to explore their talents
in the art of filmmaking, or, the science and technologies used in the motion picture
SOFA offers BFA and MFA degrees in film production with emphasis in either Animation
or Live-Action. This path focuses on production through visual and sound artistry utilizing
hands-on experience with cameras, editing and sound equipment. RIT offers more
production experiences than any other college in the country and as a result, draws
students from all over the world.
SOFA production students have access to well-equipped soundstages to shoot scenes
for their films enabling them to produce work from the day they enter the program until
graduation. The result is professional filmmaking experience right on campus, including
many animation options to explore from: 2D, 3D, stop-motion and experimental films,
games, VR/AR, digital effects, compositing, sound design and the integration of animation
with live action.
The main soundstage in the School of Film and Animation has technology and equipment
for premier digital shooting environments including rolling set walls, a dimming console
and lighting equipment and a dolly to be used on curved or straight tracks. A main feature
of the space is a freestanding, 17-by-17-by-20-foot high cove cyclorama wall painted
chroma key green (a green screen). These resources are one of the reasons production
students have been finalists in the Student Academy Awards and gone on to win Emmy
Awards after graduating.
SOFA’s Motion Picture Science degree program (B.S.) is one of the first of its kind in the
United States, providing a science and engineering education in the fundamental imaging
technologies used for the motion picture industry. By joining a core curriculum in practical
filmmaking from the College of Art and Design and imaging science from the College of
Science, this program trains students in the art and science of feature film, television, and
animation production using the same equipment being used in major motion picture
While SOFA’s Motion Picture Science students are passionate about technology, they
still study the art of the medium and the methods of the forms so they understand the
needs—and can solve the problems of—those who use the technology. This gives
graduates a substantial advantage versus more traditional engineering degree recipients.
SOFA students have access to comprehensive equipment cages with the latest
production equipment. From the very first day, students can check out 960 video- and
audio-related items in support of projects and other coursework, free of charge. The range
of technical equipment is continually maintained and reviewed to stay consistent with
industry standards, ensuring that students are prepared with the knowledge, technical
resources and practical experience as they transition to careers in their respective fields.
For more information about SOFA, please visit the website:
College of Art and Design (“CAD”)
Engaged across the university, the region, and the globe, CAD students, faculty, staff and alumni are trailblazing and award-winning artists, designers, and scientists-leaders whose creativity and
innovations are transforming the world.
• Emmy Awards • Academy Awards (Scientific and Technical)
• Pulitzer Prizes • Guggenheim Fellow
• Fulbright Awards • Cooper Hewitt National Design Award
• Tiffany Award • White House Deputy Director, Photo
To stay at the forefront of their disciplines, faculty practice their craft and pursue
professional scholarship and research. CAD’s hands-on learning environment is at the
cutting edge of technological developments. Using a human-centered approach to
innovation that considers user needs, technological possibilities and business
requirements, CAD is RIT’s creative hub where art, design, and technology intersect through
interdisciplinary collaborations to solve real-world problems.
CAD is a supportive learning environment, with unparalleled resources, dedicated faculty,
and partnerships with industry leaders. Not interested in the ordinary, CAD strives for the
extraordinary, unlocking new forms of expression. CAD is a place that promotes students
making a difference in their field and in the world.
Faculty, staff and the 1,600 undergraduate and 323 graduate students have access to
specialized studios, 25 computer labs, and equipment that are among the most complete
and current of any university in the world. For more information about CAD, please visit
the website: https://www.rit.edu/artdesign/.
Rochester Institute of Technology (“RIT”)
RIT is a vibrant, modern campus with state-of-the-art facilities and is a National Science
Foundation Advance Institutional Transformation. It is a world leader in experiential
education. Their mission: to leverage the power of technology, the arts, and design for
the greater good. Working at this intersection, RIT is shaping the future and improving
the world through creativity and innovation.
Rochester Institute of Technology, one of the largest nationally ranked research
universities in the United States, is a national leader in professional and career-oriented
education. The main campus is located outside of Rochester, New York on 1,300+ acres.
RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the "Great
Colleges to Work For".
Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative
community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through
creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design,
we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including
a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and
hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has
international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000
students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT
is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at
The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or
motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on
satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources.
RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and
values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please
visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.
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