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Assistant Professor - Visual Effects for Television and Film

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 073557
Job Title Assistant Professor - Visual Effects for Television and Film
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate w/ Experience
FLSA Status Exempt

As determined by department chair

Job Type Full-time
Rank Assistant
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the Television, Radio & Film (TRF) Department to start August 20, 2018. The successful candidate will primarily teach visual effects for students studying television, film and emerging visual media fields.

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications has an international reputation for excellence and is home to over 1,900 undergraduate and 250 graduate students. The School is housed in a 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex that includes state-of-the-art classrooms, a 300-seat auditorium, a research center, an executive education wing, a café and many spaces for formal and informal meetings and collaboration among students, faculty and staff. A recent $18 million renovation of Newhouse 2 includes a new studio and Innovation Center. This, combined with an extensive post-production and sound facility along with a Sports Media program (in partnership with Syracuse Athletics, ESPN3 and the ACC Network), provides the school with a cutting-edge media facility that gives students a multi-platform preparation for careers in the communications industry.

Beyond this, our school continues its tradition of attracting the best and brightest. This year’s incoming freshmen earned an average 3.9 GPA and ranked in the top 15% of their graduating classes.

Established in 1934, the TRF program is regarded as one of the best of its kind in the nation. The department’s 18 full-time faculty members, complemented by a specialized adjunct force, prepare future leaders in the television, radio, film and interactive media industries by introducing students to practices and systems of production, distribution and exhibition and their economic, political and social impact on the world.

The TRF major is the largest and most versatile in the Newhouse School, with 500 undergraduates and 40 Master’s students. The major consists of a mix of core requirements and an extensive array of elective coursework, which empowers students to customize their programs of study. Majors also study abroad—over 100 programs in 60 countries—and participate in semester-long industry immersions in our New York and Los Angeles professional study centers. Students in the program continue to earn national recognition of their creative work through film festivals and student Emmy and Telly awards.

Alumni pursue a wide variety of careers that include work as major market (mainly New York and Los Angeles) producers; directors; writers; designers; editors; executives; media educators; agents; and attorneys. They are found in numerous leadership positions and often return to campus to share their knowledge.

To learn more about the school, our distinguished faculty and our program, please visit our websites at and


Candidates must have significant professional experience in the practice of visual effects as it relates to television and film production, either as a director, producer or visual effects coordinator. Regardless of background, candidates will demonstrate excellent teaching skills and a strong potential to be a thought leader in the field of visual effects. A Master’s degree or higher is preferred.

Job Specific Qualifications



This faculty member will teach five classes in an academic year (2/3 load) and set the direction for expansion of a visual effects curriculum. Though the primary responsibility is to teach visual effects courses, the ideal candidate will also demonstrate teaching versatility in at least one additional subject matter related to visual communication, such as:
• Emerging media
• Filmmaking and television production
• Virtual and augmented reality
• Design
• UX
The candidate should demonstrate an ability to connect technology to the enhancement of story experiences for users and viewers of media. Being a problem solver and good team player is a must, as the strength of the School lies in the interconnection of faculty skills and research/creative agendas—from traditional thinking, to digital asset management, to visual discovery—and the collaborations created throughout all areas of the School.

Candidates must demonstrate the potential to bring national visibility to the School through academic scholarship or creative activity. Tenure-track hires are expected to pursue such activities that will position them as a
well-known expert in their field. The School expects a variety of service duties, including: academic and career advising of undergraduate and graduate students; school and university committee service; and community engagement.

Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 11/20/2017
Application Deadline 01/15/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Consideration
Job Category Faculty
Message to Applicants

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