College of Arts & Sciences, The Department of Communication Studies in conjunction with the Department of Art & Art History
The Department of Communication Studies in conjunction with the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is conducting a search for a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor in Media Arts & Animation to begin Fall 2020. This faculty member will teach students in the Film & Media Arts BA and students pursuing degrees in Studio Art. Primary responsibilities include instruction, an active creative research agenda, assessment, advising, curriculum development and service on departmental, college and university committees and other related activities as required. This faculty member will be responsible for creating new course offerings in animation and related topics and would teach 2 courses a semester (2/2 load). The successful applicant will be a practicing media artist and will be able to teach courses in 2D and 3D Animation and additional courses related to their research in areas such as Interaction Design, Game Design and/or Digital and Visual Effects. Ideal candidates will be able to teach a range of courses including introductory and intermediate film and video courses and will be comfortable with a broad range of content including narrative, documentary and experimental approaches and will demonstrate an understanding of the role of digital technologies in the contemporary media landscape. Located in the heart of Kansas City, UMKC is a vibrant urban university with a mission to pursue excellence as a human-centric learning and discovery community, fostering equity, diversity and inclusion to enrich the lives of the people and regions we serve.
A Master of Fine Arts degree in film and video production, visual communications design, digital arts, animation, IXD or related field from an accredited university by August 2020.
Evidence of active and sustained creative research activity.
Evidence of potential to effectively teach at the undergraduate level and to supervise the research activities of students.
Demonstrated evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Full Time/Part Time
Application materials must be submitted online at https://info.umkc.edu/hr/careers/academic-positions/ . For full consideration, submit your application by January 31, 2020. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Please include a cover letter addressing professional qualifications as they relate to the position and listing the applicant's website, One-page statement of Teaching Philosophy including how the candidate addresses diversity and inclusion as fundamental to a learning community, Curriculum Vitae, One-page Artist/Creative Research Statement, Professional Portfolio: A link to an online portfolio of professional work, which may include up to a 10-minute animation compilation reel, games, or, if applicable, up to 10 other still images, and a list of three academic and/or professional references with full contact information. Please note that the maximum file size is 11MB for each document.
Questions can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Caitlin Horsmon at [email protected] .
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