3D Animation Faculty - Tenure Track

Kansas City Art Institute
Missouri, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Oct 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Other Arts, Communications, Digital Media
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
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Full Time
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Animation Position Announcement

The Kansas City Art Institute, a national leader in visual arts education, seeks nominations and applications for a full-time Assistant Professor tenure-track position in Animation to begin August of 2022. The successful candidate will play a vital role in the further development and expansion of the current Animation Department curriculum.

Kansas City Art Institute is a four-year, independent, and accredited college of art and design founded in 1885, and located in the cultural heart of metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri.  The college enrolls over 700 undergraduate students drawn regionally, nationally, and internationally.  www.kcai.edu

KCAI Department of Animation

The award-winning Animation Department features a creatively designed, mentorship based and technologically integrated approach to the teaching of all aspects of the medium. Major coursework is complemented by intensive studio practice, liberal arts, and professional practice curriculum. Areas of concentration include classical, experimental, and digital animation but no one solution is prioritized over another.  Accordingly, the program's goals are to equip students with a diverse array of animation skills, informed by a strong historical context and a critical conceptual foundation that enables them to become well-rounded animation professionals able to thrive within a rapidly evolving field.

Requirements for the Position

The successful candidate’s qualifications and professional experience should demonstrate a vibrant and diverse body of work in animation. A primary focus in 3D methodologies and associated production skills are required (both specialists & generalists are encouraged). Additionally, the candidate should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the animation field.  Applicants should be conversant with the constraints of current professional practice in the field.

Demonstrate proficiency and ability to instruct the following software is required:

Maya, Adobe Creative Suite (specifically: Photoshop, After FX.)

 Knowledge of the following software is encouraged: Cinema 4D, Toon Boom Harmony

The position requires the capacity to collaborate and support faculty colleagues, develop curriculum, establish infrastructure and implementation of dedicated 3D instruction as well as a core animation studio and elective courses. Candidates must possess the ability to instruct and advise students in developing a professional practice in the field of animation. Excellent written and oral communication skills and a strong collaborative spirit for teamwork and service to the department, institution, and field are imperative.

Education and Experience Requirements

An MFA and demonstrated professional achievement in the field with full-time college-level teaching experience required.

 Application Deadlines and Procedures

Reviews of applications will begin on January 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

Apply by e-mail to: hr@kcai.edu

Attach to the e-mail in PDF format only: hr@kcai.edu
* letter of application
* curriculum vita
* statement of teaching experience and philosophy
* either a list of workable web link(s) to personal practice and to supervised student work examples with project * * descriptions where applicable or the same materials embedded in the PDF.

* list of 3 professional references we may contact

 Applications with accessible PDF files and workable web links will be acknowledged by return e-mail.

Questions may be directed to:

Human Resources

Kansas City Art Institute is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing, and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, gender identity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law.


KCAI provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in the job application process. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need accommodation due to a disability, you may contact the Human Resources Department about your interest in employment. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Kansas City Art Institute’s Human Resource Administrator at hr@kcai.edu.


KCAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities/Females/Disabled/Vets








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