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Assistant Professor - Animation/Interactive Design or Graphic Design - 940735

East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Sep 21, 2023

East Carolina University            
Assistant Professor - Animation/Interactive Design or Graphic Design

Vacancy #: 940735
Recruitment Range: Commensurate with qualifications
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Organizational Unit Overview
The School of Art and Design provides a multidisciplinary approach to art and design that creates opportunities for students to develop creative and critical thinking abilities by thinking through making. The School enrolls more than 550 students in twelve areas across four degrees. The School of Art and Design is the largest BFA Art program in University of North Carolina system and has been continuously accredited by NASAD since 1962. The School has 40 full-time faculty and is located in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center, a 142,000-square foot facility with specialized equipment, tools, and technology for the School’s disciplines—animation/interactive design, art education, art history, film and video production, ceramics, glass, graphic design, illustration, metal design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textile design. From computer labs, a digital loom, CNC routers, and laser cutters to a wood shop, foundry, letterpress shop, black and white dark room and beyond, the School’s facilities are comprehensive and available to faculty and students to think, make, and work across the School’s disciplines.


The School takes responsibility for actions and the future we build, and acknowledges the diversity of our community as we work toward a thriving, supportive community that values, acknowledges, and respects our differences and creates opportunities for everyone. To achieve the mission of social justice, we commit to holding ourselves and our leadership accountable for creating an inclusive, diverse community that provides opportunities for underrepresented community members; presenting artists from underrepresented communities in our teaching practice, providing context for the traditional/historical canon, and teaching the work of contemporary artists working in and outside the museum/gallery model, educating ourselves on race and social justice issues to decolonize classroom environments and actively foster compassion, understanding, and appreciation for each other’s differences; increasing the number of invited guest lecturers and exhibitions from more diverse communities; supporting the community (students, faculty, staff, guests), particularly regarding race, socio-economic class, and intergenerational poverty; recruiting students and hiring faculty from more diverse backgrounds to amplify underrepresented voices, working collaboratively toward shared goals of inclusivity and justice; identifying, locating, critiquing, and challenging factors that have contributed to and perpetuated a disconnect between the predominately white leadership (administration, faculty, and staff) and the more diverse community we serve; and developing a culture in which identifying mistakes is encouraged and welcomed, as well as taking responsibility for mistakes and committing to respectful action in the future.


Job Duties        
The School of Art and Design at East Carolina University seeks nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Animation/Interactive Design or Graphic Design. The position is defined broadly within the animation/interactive design or graphic design area and will also teach first year and shared experience courses. This position will teach 3 three-credit courses per semester. This position will continue their art and/or design research, creative activity and/or scholarship; mentor students; engage with other faculty regularly; participate in departmental activities, such as recruiting; engage in opportunities for curricular and course development that reflect their expertise and professional experience; and participate in service to the School, College, University and community; and other activities as appropriate.

The animation/interactive design program, a concentration within the BFA Art, prepares students for a variety of professional outcomes ranging from interactive design, animation, to character and game design. The graphic design program, another concentration within the BFA Art, prepares students for a variety of professional outcomes ranging from print/publication design, branding, to motion and UI/UX.

Contingent upon available funding.

Minimum Education/Experience

Minimum Qualification (candidates must have):

  • Terminal degree (MFA or equivalent) in animation, game design, interactive design, or related field (for animation/interactive design) or graphic design or related field (for graphic design) Evidence of potential for creative activity and/or research in their area of expertise

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Preferred candidates may have one or more of the following:

  • Evidence of teaching as instructor of record in higher education Evidence of creative activity and/or research Interest in interdisciplinary learning, making, and/or scholarship Interest in multi-cultural and/or cross-disciplinary visual culture

Special Instructions to Applicant
Special Instructions to Applicants: To apply, candidates must submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter addressing position description Curriculum Vitae Teaching Philosophy List of at least three professional references including affiliation, email address, and phone number (letters of recommendation will be required at a later date) A link to your personal website that includes: 20 images of personal work and 20 images of student work (if available)

Please be aware that if selected as a candidate of choice, an automatic e-mail will be sent to the individuals entered by the applicant in the References section the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system. Letters of reference submitted via the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system will be verified and considered towards meeting this requirement.

 Additional Instructions to Applicant      
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 940735 to ECU Human Resources at

Eligibility for Employment        
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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