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Department of Art and Design, 3D Design Position (Open Rank)

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Bernardino - San Bernardino Campus
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time


California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35 graduate, and one doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB’s commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty. We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply. CSUSB has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes CSUSB’s ongoing commitment to service-learning, a high-impact practice that combines classroom instruction with meaningful volunteer service and correlates strongly to student success.


The Design Program in the Department of Art & Design at California State University San Bernardino seeks to appoint an innovative and versatile design educator with a broad range of design skills with a focus on 3D modeling, rigging, and sculpting and a commitment to the professional practice of 3D design and 3D animation for a tenure-track appointment at open rank.

Candidates should have technical and creative 3D experience within research-based or professional design practices. Creative efforts supporting these practices should include combinations of 3D character design, level design, previsualization, storyboarding, game environment artistry, proxy modeling, or 3D visual effects. Technical efforts supporting these practices should combine digital 3D modeling, rigging, animation, sculpting, lighting, or rendering.


The successful candidate will teach into the CSUSB design program's schedule of classes at all undergraduate levels; perform committee duties at department, college, and university levels; continue their professional and/or research work in their area of specialization; and broaden links to local, regional and national communities within their area of expertise to promote and further student success.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student population and to working effectively with faculty, staff and students across a wide range of disciplines.


  • A terminal degree from an accredited University in a field associated with design or an appropriate postgraduate degree in design or a related field by the time of appointment.
  • At least two years of teaching or experience in the field of 3D modeling, rigging, and sculpting using various 3D modeling software applications such as Cinema 4D, Blender, Mixamo, Maya, Houdini, Rhino, 3ds Max, Substance 3D, and ZBrush.
  • At least two years of professional practice experience where industry-standard design/production practices were demonstrated.
  • Compensating professional practice/industry experience within 3D modeling, game design, 3D character animation, 3D rigging, or a related field by employment start date.
  • An interest in advancing student learning in the area of 3D modeling across a broad set of fields, including gaming, motion graphics, animation, advertising, extended realities, data visualization, interaction design, and academic research.
  • The ability to contribute through teaching and/or service to the diversity, cultural sensitivity, and excellence of the academic community.
  • Some teaching experience in relevant design subjects at the university undergraduate level.
  • Enthusiasm for working in an environment that embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion.


  • Terminal degree in 3D modeling, game design, 3D animation, or a related field by employment start date.
  • Interest in or experience with collaborative practices in classroom, university, and industry settings.
  • Experience in introducing and supporting students in professional opportunities, such as coordinating internships or co-ops, student-staffed design studios, and experiential and service-learning projects.
  • Experience with 3D workflows in current professional game engines such as Unreal Engine or Unity.
  • Experience with configuring and troubleshooting digital 3D workflows and game engine pipelines on both Apple and Windows workstations.
  • Proficiency with programming or scripting with Python, Blueprint, C++, C#, or similar for computer graphics purposes.
  • Proficiency with digital fabrication software tools such as SketchUp, Solidworks, Fusion 360, and other packages that support 3D product design, industrial design, and subtractive and additive manufacturing.
  • Proficiency with digital fabrication equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC milling/machining, and other equipment that supports 3D product design, industrial design, and subtractive and additive manufacturing.
  • Experience working in an HSI or HBCU.
  • Evidence of scholarly activity, publication, and innovation is valued. Evidence of exemplary graduate-level teaching and leadership experience at program level is preferred and should be noted in application.


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with CSUSB. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: CSUSB cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that CSUSB has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to CSUSB or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, CSUSB is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


The Department of Art & Design, as part of the College of Arts & Letters at CSUSB, offers several bachelor's degrees in art history, design, studio art, and visual studies, plus an MFA program in Studio Art. In the design area, we offer a BA in Design Studies and a BFA in Design (with concentrations in Interface Design, 3D Design, Motion Design, and Marketing). The department serves approximately 500-600 students in its majors per year, plus other students from across the campus. The core approach taken to teaching across all the areas of the department focuses on visual and material literacy, as well as critical and discursive analysis of art, design, and other cultural productions. Students that we serve gain a broad base of skills in the areas of art and design making, as well as research, critical thinking, problem-solving, and writing. Through our programs, we strongly encourage an open approach to understanding how all aspects of art, design, and cultural production contribute to imperatives of diversity and community engagement.

CSUSB actively encourages qualified applicants to apply who demonstrate a commitment to serving a diverse student population and advancing student success through highly engaged, high-impact educational practices. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from women and members of historically underrepresented groups.

To learn more about the Department of Art & Design please visit

For more information about the position, please contact:

Department Chair

Katherine Gray



Search Committee Chair

Andrew Oakes




Please submit:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter that includes:

    ○ A statement of your teaching philosophy.

    ○A statement of your research experience and goals.

    ○ A statement of how you might contribute to CSUSB’s Strategic Plan               

  3. If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching portfolios, reports on teaching observations, and/or student evaluations of teaching.  
  4. Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts may be required prior to appointment).
  5. Reference List - names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) referees whom we may contact to obtain letters of recommendation.
  6. Confidential letters of recommendation may be solicited from those listed as references on the application if the applicant is moved forward in the recruitment process. Non-confidential letters of recommendation can be uploaded by the applicant during the application process.
  7. Diversity Statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 1,000 words).

Formal review of applications will begin November 2, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply by using this CSU Recruit Hyperlink at:

Salary is commensurate with experience.

CSU Salary Schedule:

Assistant Professor          (Range 3) - $5,405 – $11,994

Associate Professor         (Range 4) - $6,190 – $13,172

Professor                        (Range 5) - $7,794 – $13,797

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

This position may be “Designated” under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:


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