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Live Action Production Faculty

Organization: Rochester Institute of Technology
Date Posted: 1/10/2020
Date Needed: 8/20/2020
City: Rochester
Location: New York
Country: United States
Primary Category: All UFVA Job Listings

Description & Details


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.


Candidate Qualifications

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:


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



Additional Details

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.



Amy Perrone, Principal


325 N. Maple Drive, Suite #5136

Beverly Hills, California 90210

Office: 424-234-1422


How to Apply / Contact


Submission Credentials and How to Apply


For full consideration, interested individuals are encouraged to submit their credentials

that includes the following supporting documents as soon as possible and before January

20, 2020 to:


● Cover Letter

Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume (include all jobs since undergraduate


Online Portfolio of Work (demonstrating a significant body of work &


Video Samples (provide links to websites or YouTube)

Statement of Diversity Contribution

Statement of Teaching Philosophy

References (Please include the names, titles, telephone numbers, email

   addresses, and city/state for 3-5 references. References will not be contacted

   without the candidate’s prior approval/consent.)


     The review of applications will begin upon receipt and will continue until the position has

been filled. Please send names and contact information for referrals and requests for a

position description and additional information to:

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