Assistant Professor, Animation
Assistant Professor, Animation
About Western Kentucky University:
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Western Kentucky University invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor of computer animation, effective August 2021. We are seeking a colleague who has a keen understanding of contemporary computer animation to take an important role in the development of our computer animation program and bring energy and expertise to a community of highly motivated students.
Essential duties and responsibilities will include:
- Teach a rotation of animation courses for majors and non-majors.
- Create an environment of learning through effective teaching skills, maintain a student-centered focus, and update curriculum to keep it current with industry standards.
- Advise and mentor a combination of beginning, intermediate, and advanced art and design students.
- Personal research and/or creative work.
- Service to the department, college, university, and community.
- MFA or other terminal degree completed by August 2021 in computer animation or related field; or a bachelor's degree with relevant industry experience
- Demonstrated technical proficiency in the latest industry standard software applications
- A substantial portfolio of creative work
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The following items must be submitted through the electronic talent management system by February 1, 2021, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled:
- Letter of intent
- Curriculum vita
- Unofficial transcripts
- Statement of teaching philosophy
- Artist / designer statement
- Link to professional portfolio and/or demo reel
- Link to examples of student work, if applicable
Names and contact information of three reference providers will be collected during the application process. Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an online process at a later date.
You will receive email confirmation once you have successfully completed the application process.