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Assistant Professor of Art and Design with an emphasis in Motion Design and Animation

Fort Hays State University
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 2, 2022

Job Details

Art & Design

Job Posting Title
Assistant Professor of Art and Design with an emphasis in Motion Design and Animation

Job Description

This position is a full-time tenure track faculty appointment teaching 24 credit hours (4-4 load) per year in undergraduate and graduate courses in the Art and Design program. The successful candidate is expected to have expertise in Design with an emphasis in Motion Design and Animation. Duties include mentoring students, engagement in scholarly activities, providing service to the community, the profession, the department, the college, and the university. We are seeking candidates who are engaged in both experimental explorations of design and practical applications to real-world problems. The ideal candidate will foster growth in the graphic design program and has the ability to adapt to new developments in the field and incorporate them into teaching and practice. Collaborative engagement across disciplines and work towards cohesive student development is expected. The ideal candidate will also provide students with inspiration, leadership, mentorship, and technical guidance.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must have a completed MFA degree by August 2023;
  • A thorough knowledge of Motion Design and Animation and generally the graphic design field including expertise in graphics hardware and software expertise in Macintosh OS;
  • Extensive knowledge of industry standard software within the Adobe Creative Suite including Cinema 4D,
    After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • MFA and experience in multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches to teaching within integrated and cross-disciplinary media arts programs that include digital art, web design, and video;
  • Evidence of teaching at the college or university level in digital media or 3-5 years of professional experience in the field of Graphic Design and/or Motion Design and Animation with a fluency in digital media.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Appointment Date: August 2023

Application Deadline: Priority deadline for review is December 1, 2022.

Benefits: Competitive benefit package

Application Process: To apply for this position, please visit . Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

Required Application Documents: Applicants should submit documents in one PDF
  • Cover letter;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Diversity statement describing your experience working with students and faculty/staff from diverse backgrounds and how your experiences have reflected your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
    (200 words maximum);
  • 20 images of personal research or professional work;
  • 10-20 images of student work that displays evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available);
  • Link to personal website for viewing motion design work;
  • Copies of unofficial university transcripts showing graduate coursework. If the MFA has not been completed at the time of application, documentation stating the date of completion is required along with a letter from the applicant’s academic advisor;
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.
If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Name: Karrie Simpson Voth, Search Committee Chair


Phone: 785.628.5921

About the Program:

The Art and Design program is housed in a new state-of-the-art facility with an attached art gallery which opened in
fall 2019. This 47,000+ square foot art facility—along with the newly constructed 12,000 square foot sculpture facility—is equipped with the latest technology and innovation in studio art and design.

We offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with six concentrations: Graphic Design, Motion Design and Animation, Interior Design, Photography, Studio Art (Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, and Ceramics), and Studio Art with Teacher Certification. We also offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art, Art Education or Art History. Our innovative Master of Fine Arts program allows students to enroll year-round or as low residency in some of the programs. We also offer a Master of Liberal Studies with a concentration in Art/Art History. In addition, Art and Design faculty offer courses in the general education program including Approaches to Creativity, Fundamentals and Appreciation of Art, and Survey of Art History. Art and Design students at Fort Hays State University are part of a vibrant community of student and faculty artists who enjoy producing their own artwork and collaborating on group projects. They work closely with mentor professors, who guide hands-on learning experiences and help develop students’ talents and gain confidence as an artist, designer or arts educator. For more information, please visit .

Mission of the Program
The Art and Design program is dedicated to preparing majors in its degree programs with a foundation of aesthetic understanding and creativity, an enhanced technical skillset, and a productive work ethic. Art and design majors experience a high degree of faculty interaction and rigorous periodic review in preparation for employment in the design profession, as working artists, public or private educators, and entry into graduate school.

About the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is the heart of the University, offering a wide array of liberal-arts programs to expand intellectual horizons and prepare students for a profession and for life. In an age of information, we prepare students to be critical, thoughtful, and analytical, to assume a place in society where these skills are needed most. Our undergraduate and graduate programs help students to become better artists, thinkers, writers, and speakers.

Community of Hays

FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant college town of approximately 20,000, located halfway between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70. Hays is the regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas. The community boasts excellent recreational programs and facilities, including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, and extensive walking, running, and biking trails. Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes that offer great opportunities for boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily. The Hays community is home to excellent Pre-K and K-12, public and private schools. With over 60 restaurants, major retail outlets, a low unemployment rate, and very short commute times, the city provides a safe, welcoming, low-cost, high-quality living environment for the residents who call "Hays, America" home.

Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

Notice to KPERS retirees applying for a position: Recent legislation changes working-after-retirement rules for both you and your employer if you go back to work for a KPERS employer. Please contact your KPERS representative or for further information on how this might affect you.


 Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University was founded in 1902 as the Western Branch of Kansas State Normal School. The institution was originally located on the grounds of Fort Hays, a Nineteenth-Century frontier military outpost. The state of Kansas initially intended the university’s academic programs to focus on agriculture, but it opened as a “normal” or teacher’s college.

FHSU today is a regional comprehensive public university where determined, innovative and caring faculty and staff share a deep commitment to teaching and mentoring students. Our mission is to develop the engaged global citizen-leaders our world needs today. 

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