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Assistant Professor - Motion Design

Utah State University
Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 15, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor - Motion Design

Requisition ID: 2021-4472
# of Openings: 1
Location: US-UT-Logan
Category: Faculty
Position Type: Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification: Faculty
College: Caine College of the Arts
Department: Art & Design
Advertised Salary: Commensurate with experience; plus excellent benefits

The Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University seeks a tenure-track assistant professor to teach motion in our Graphic Design Master's Program. Along with an emphasis on teaching excellence, the candidate will be expected to maintain active engagement in the discipline by conducting high-quality research or related creative activity. This is an academic-year (9-month) position to begin August of 2022.

USU currently has a thriving graphic design program housed within the Department of Art and Design that offers competitive Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) Masters of Arts (MA) and Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees, with current graduates securing employment with leading design studios, agencies and organizations across the US.

USU's graphic design program is also proud to host the Hashimoto Communication Arts Seminar, one of oldest and strongest visiting designer/artist programs in the country. The seminar is over 50-years old and hosts over 15 lecturers and visiting designers/artists from across the US each year.

USU's MA in Graphic Design is an extension of the BFA-level undergraduate education in graphic design and concentrates on the use of emerging technology to explore contemporary forms of time-based visual expression. Students focus on design strategies for film, broadcast and advertising, digital media/film theory, narrative story-telling and advanced studies in two-dimensional and three-dimensional motion design methodology and technology.

Applications will be reviewed February 1, 2022. Position open until filled.

  • Candidates must demonstrate a passion for design and be capable of inspiring a new generation of students for the creative and critical thinking necessary to be leaders in this specialized industry.
  • The successful candidate will be responsible for leading the development of the Graphic Design Master’s Program curriculum.
  • Show commitment to teaching and working with students from diverse populations
  • Participate in department, college, and university service.
  • Provide national, state, and local service to the profession.
  • Mentor students.
  • Assist in maintaining accreditation.
  • Engage in academic scholarship, which may include grant writing and conducting/publishing high-quality research or creative activity in area of expertise.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in Multimedia Design, Motion Design, Media Arts, Broadcast Design, Visual Communication/Graphic Design, or Interactive Media
  • Professional body of work that demonstrates high-level knowledge of, and practice in the field of motion design
  • Advanced understanding of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional methodologies
  • Strong knowledge of After Effects and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Strong Knowledge of Cinema 4D
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
  • MFA in Visual Communication design or related discipline
  • Prior teaching experience at the collegiate level
  • Experience in video editing software
  • Experience in sound engineering/editing
  • Experience in virtual and augmented reality

Required Documents
Along with the online application, please attach:
  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”.
  2. Name and contact information (including email) of three professional references to be entered at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile.
  3. Links to online portfolio and/or reel of relevant motion projects to be uploaded under Documents 1-10
  4. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application.
  5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy & Goals to be typed/pasted at the end of your application.

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience; plus excellent benefits

Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.

University Highlights
College Highlights

The Caine College of the Arts seeks to make the arts more visible, more innovative, and more fully integrated into the intellectual life of Utah State University and the communities it serves. The Caine College of the Arts is a collaborative community, representing the collective strengths and voices of the arts and offers a means for connecting people and programs. The Caine College of the Arts offers: a visiting artist program that brings to campus nationally renowned artists and designers, award-winning faculty members, a world-class performance hall, internship assignments with prominent artists and designers, and international study opportunities. The Caine College of the Arts includes the Departments of Art + Design, Music, and Theatre Arts, and is closely affiliated with the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art on the USU campus.

Housed in the Caine College of the Arts at USU and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Department of Art+Design has a century-long history and a suite of well-established and highly regarded programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. (Please see for a complete listing of all academic programs in the department and their curricula.) During the 2018-19 academic year, the department begins programing in the newly remodeled Tippetts and Eccles Galleries, part of a 2-year, $26M renovation of the Chase Fine Arts Center that was completed in October. The department also works closely with the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art to engage students from across the university in arts programming. In addition to programs on the Logan Campus, the department has faculty on the USU Eastern campuses in Price and Blanding, Utah, and delivers courses by electronic and hybrid instructional systems to USU’s six other regional campuses and numerous county centers around the state.

Regional Highlights
Immerse yourself in an environment that inspires great art and design. Utah State University is nestled against the Wasatch Range on the western slope of the greater Rocky Mountains. Located directly on the beautiful Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway, the USU campus is a portal to the picturesque Logan canyon and river that cuts through the dramatic limestone cliffs of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest and features hiking, mountain biking, and world-class rock climbing. Ten major ski resorts, many of which hosted sites for the 2002 Winter Olympics, lie within a two-hour drive. Utah State is also within a half day’s drive of eight national parks, including Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Arches, Capitol Reef, Great Basin, Canyon Lands, Bryce and Zion. Just minutes from two federally designated wilderness areas, locals have access to thousands of acres of public land for backcountry skiing, hiking, and more. Its unique environment gave birth to nearby world class earthworks sculptures such as Robert Smithton’s Spiral Jetty and Nancy Holt’s magical Sun Tunnels.

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481,

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695,

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

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