Detailed Job Description The School of Design in the College of Art and Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites applicants to apply for two (2) Lecturer positions to teach in the 3D Digital Design program. The School of Design offers a BFA in 3D Digital Design. The program enrolls approximately 140 students. A combination of full-time and adjunct faculty contribute a range of professional interests and expertise in a studio setting. Students work with 3D graphics software to develop game levels, virtual worlds, digital characters, visualizations, simulations, motion graphics, projections, and more. Join a vibrant faculty team engaged in exciting 3D research across various fields. Our students leverage their skills through internships and collaborations with top employers in entertainment, architectural visualization, simulation, and even space exploration! Position Summary:
The 3D Digital Design program is seeking applicants to teach primarily 3D Digital Design courses using real-time design software such as Unreal (or willing to transition Unity skills to Unreal curriculum) as well as standard 3D content creation software (like Maya/Blender) within a design curriculum. Expertise in other graphics software is important as well. The ability to teach a variety of some of the following content: modeling, lighting, materials, rendering, scripting, etc., as well as awareness or interest in adapting to emerging tools like XR, AI, virtual production, or the Metaverse, is particularly important. As our field is rapidly changing and adapting, a commitment to continued professional development is key. Courses focus on 3D digital skills as they relate to design. By utilizing experimentation, critical thinking, creativity, interdisciplinary collaboration, and a range of problem-solving principles, students learn to solve complex visual problems within the constraints of time, space, budget, and technology. Emphasis is also placed on the delivery of content in immersive environments with full-body input. In addition to a full teaching load each term, other responsibilities include advising students, assisting in curriculum development, and providing service to the program, school, college, university, and community. The candidate will teach in the BFA program.
Teaching 7-8 courses per year ranging from lower-division foundations to upper-division levels
Working with the School of Design faculty on program and curricular development
Maintaining a high level of expertise in 3D graphics areas
Advising students for capstone/thesis projects and providing professional mentorship
Rendering service to the school, college, university, and community
Career advising and mentoring students
We are seeking an individual to live our values, embrace diverse perspectives, and nurture the RIT community to remain a great place to work for all; who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness, professional development, integrity, and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT's core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.
Department/College Description THE SCHOOL: The internationally renowned School of Design (SOD) offers five undergraduate programs in 3D Digital Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and New Media Design, as well as two graduate programs in Industrial Design and Visual Communication Design. SOD also includes the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, with its vast archive of relevant design artifacts and their process. SOD is a creative community where students discover their unique talents and expressive potential, all while developing the skills needed to fulfill any creative or technical role in the expansive fields of design. SOD has an enrollment of over 800 undergraduate and 100 graduate students. SOD alumni and faculty are nationally and internationally recognized, and include National Design Award recipients, design leaders at global companies and organizations, and thought leaders who shape the field of design and the future of society and the planet. To learn more, visit https://www.rit.edu/artdesign/school-design.
THE COLLEGE: RIT's College of Art and Design is the university's creative hub where art, design, science, and technology intersect in our 200,000+ sq. ft. facility. We are a dynamic and professional arts and design community comprised of nearly 2,000 students (UG and Grad), 140 full-time faculty, 60 creative staff, and a number of professional part-time faculty, all of whom contribute to our Colleges ecosystem. The Colleges four schools offer programs in Art, Design, Crafts, Film and Animation, Photography and Photographic Sciences. The range of innovative programs offers students a panoramic perspective from creating fine art using centuries-old methods to pushing the boundaries of digital creativity. The College of Art and Design also takes full advantage of RITs opportunities in technology, STEM, engineering, sustainability, and entrepreneurism programs, as well as our global campuses, https://rit.edu/artdesign.
Required Minimum Qualifications
MFA degree or equivalent terminal degree. In certain circumstances, a bachelor degree, skill qualifications, exceptional professional and creative experience in a design-related field may be considered.
Minimum of two years of professional experience
Minimum of two years of teaching experience at the university level beyond a teaching assistantship
A progressive and innovative approach to teaching and learning 3D digital design
Strong 3D digital design and aesthetic skills, as well as skills in areas such as scripting, imaging, interactive media, real-time design, or related areas
Proficiency in related 3D software, for example, Unreal Game Engine, Unity, Maya, Blender, Zbrush, and Adobe Creative Suite. Will look favorably on candidates with scripting and coding knowledge.
Competence in planning and organizing principles and strategies for developing, implementing and supervising creative and innovative projects using 3D software
Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the colleges continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.
Required Minimum Education Level BA, BFA, BS
Required Application Documents Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References, Portfolio of Students' Work, Portfolio of Work, Statement of Diversity Contribution, Statement of Teaching Philosophy
How To Apply Apply online at http://careers.rit.edu/faculty; search openings, then Keyword Search 8399BR. Please submit your application, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications, your updated curriculum vitae, and upload the following attachments:
A brief teaching philosophy
Provide the names, addresses and phone numbers for three references
A Contribution to Diversity Statement that addresses ways in which you approach diversity in your teaching process and incorporate elements of diversity into your design approaches
Provide a link to 5 to 10 examples of professional work
Provide a link to 5 to 10 examples of motion design student work
To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received by January 15, 2024. The search will remain open until acceptable candidates are found.
RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.
Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at www.rit.edu .