Assistant Professor Digital Illustration

University of North Carolina Charlotte
North Carolina, United States
$68,000.00 - $68,000.00
Feb 10, 2021
Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Department of Art & Art History is seeking experienced candidates who are actively engaging contemporary professional digital illustration practices through their pedagogy and creative research. The successful candidate will teach 5 courses a year and contribute to ongoing teaching and leadership, develop curriculum and implement strategies to prepare our large and diverse cohort of undergraduate students for careers in digital illustration and related digital design fields.

Candidates must be able to use and teach raster and vector-based Adobe Creative Suite software, notably including After Effects. Professional experience in contemporary applied art practices such as digital illustration, animation, or interactive works such as video games is also required. In order to maintain a trajectory towards tenure, this experience must be evidenced in fine arts or applied contexts. A proven ability to work collaboratively and in interdisciplinary contexts is also desirable. Qualified applicants must demonstrate their ability to work and teach in the industry-standard software applications related to their areas of digital specialization.
Candidates must provide a record of achievement in studio art research including peer-reviewed activities that have been disseminated and/or presented at significant venues. This can be evidenced in client-based studio practice, exhibition of creative work, and/or scholarly publications and presentations. Other preferred requirements include an ability to contribute to diversity initiatives, as well as service to the University, community, or profession.

Minimum Experience/Education Requirements
UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.
Department Preferred Education, Skills and Experience
An MFA or equivalent terminal degree in Studio Art, Design, or relevant specialized degree program must be completed/verified at time of hire. Undergraduate-level teaching experience in intermediate and advanced illustration and digital media courses is also required, in at least one or more of the following areas: 2D Animation, Motion Graphics, 3D Modelling, 3D Animation and Game Design. The ability to teach a senior-level seminar exploring contemporary issues in illustration and digital media is also desirable.

Application Schedule & Requirements
Screening will begin in early February 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are required to complete an electronic application.

In addition to a letter of interest, applicants should address their ability to contribute to the University's diversity initiatives in a separate statement, which includes working with a diverse student population.
For electronic application: Please go to; the Position Designation is Faculty; and the Position Number is 00515. Please prepare .pdf files for each of the following documents to be submitted and uploaded individually: A letter of interest, diversity statement, Curriculum Vitae that includes a link to an online portfolio of personal work, unofficial graduate transcripts, teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as curriculum development or peer teaching evaluations, research statement that also addresses the current trajectory of your work, and contact information for three references.

Please note that applicants will be subject to a criminal background check, and materials will not be returned.
Proposed hired date August 16, 2021. Salary and start up package commensurate with qualifications. Nine-month contract includes 5 courses per year with potential for summer teaching for additional compensation.

Diversity Statement
UNC Charlotte is an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Therefore, we celebrate diversity that includes, but is not limited to ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. For more information, please see

About the College and Department
The Department of Art & Art History is one of five units housed in the College of Arts + Architecture, which includes Dance, Music, Theatre, and the School of Architecture. The Department is accredited by NASAD, consists of 30 full-time Faculty, and approximately 350 majors. The Department offers a BFA in nine studio concentration areas; Art Education, Ceramics, Digital Media, Fibers, Illustration, Painting, Print Media,
Photography, Sculpture, and the BFA in Graphic Design. In addition to the BFA degrees, it offers a BA in Art History, BA in Art and a minor in Art History. For more information, see

About the University
UNC Charlotte is categorized as a doctoral-granting institution with higher research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Located in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas, the University is approximately 10 miles from uptown on an expanding modern campus. It is part of one of the oldest public university systems in the US and offers approximately 28,000 culturally diverse students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. For more information, please see

Description of Work
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate goals. Teaching, Advising, Curriculum and Instructional Development – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching may include but are not limited to: subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, advising and consultation, directing student research, curriculum and instructional development, and grading student work. Scholarly Research, Creative, and Other Professional Activities – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in expanding the knowledge base of her/his academic field by conducting research or engaging in other creative activities as appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to research may include but are not limited to: research/creative activity that generates new knowledge and/or synthesizes and/or integrates existing knowledge, publication, an on-going agenda for research, scholarly, and creative activity, and are expected to seek extramural support for their work. Service to University, the Public, and the Profession.

All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to engage in a program of service appropriate to their discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to service may include but are not limited to: service to the administration and governance of the University, public service, and service to the profession.
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Primary Purpose of Department:
The Department of Art & Art History inspires students to expand their vision of the world and themselves through study and practice in Art and Art History. The department aims to foster innovative and thoughtful art practices, scholarship, and arts-based education and believes that art is vital to our students, our university, our communities, and our future. The Department currently offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art History, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art with nine concentrations. Additionally, a B.F.A. degree with a concentration in Art Education, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History are offered. An Honors Program in Art History is offered and the department participates in the College Honors Program. Additionally, the department plays an important role in the delivery of required coursework within the University General Education program.