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ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ANIMATION & ILLUSTRATION, Department of Art & Design
University of Northwestern - St. Paul
Location: Roseville - Saint Paul, Minnesota
Type: Full Time
Faculty Careers - Communication/Design/Media
Faculty Careers - Other
The University of Northwestern – St. Paul, Minnesota, seeks an engaging teacher and emerging scholar who possess a strong commitment to lead a developing undergraduate animation and illustration program, including teaching animation, illustration, storyboarding, character design, CG production, 3D modeling, motion design, and other art courses according to the candidate’s specialty. The ideal candidate desires to inspire and teach animation students how to combine creative concepts with imagination and technical skill to craft effective visual narratives, possessing a record of excellence in creative practice and industry experience.
This position is full-time, promotable, and eligible for extended contract. Ideal start date is beginning January 6, 2023, or August 15, 2023. A complete application includes: (1) Faculty Application for Employment, (2) letter of interest, and (3) curriculum vitae. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
University of Northwestern – St. Paul, a private, comprehensive, Christian university committed to providing Christ-centered education, is located on a 100-acre suburban campus just north of the Twin Cities. The Department of Art & Design offers undergraduate majors in Animation & Illustration, Graphic Design, and Art. The related Department of Communication offers a major in Media Production with a Film & Video track and presents an annual student film festival that routinely draws over 1,000 attendees.
Responsible to provide excellence in teaching through the fulfillment of the mission and strategic goals of the Department of Art & Design.
Essential job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Responsible to lead the Animation & Illustration major including implementing the curriculum, staying current in the field, and meeting student learning outcomes.
Teach a range of courses that may include but are not limited to animation, illustration, storyboarding, character design, CG production, 3D modeling, motion design, and other art courses.
Place and supervise student internships within the field, cultivating relationships with industry professionals.
Advise and mentor Department of Art & Design majors.
Engage students in office hours.
Serve on University committees.
Contribute to department/faculty meetings and attend convocations and commencements.
Stay active in professional organizations to maintain disciplinary expertise.
Work with assessment to measure the efficacy of the Animation & Illustration major according to program outcomes and national standards.
Because our community is a significant part of our mission and the development of our students, all employees act as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ by actively partnering with the University to disciple students in growing intellectually and spiritually, and with Northwestern Media to lead people to Christ and nurture believers to mature in their faith.
Minimum Education and Experience:
An earned MFA or other terminal degree in Animation, Digital Media Arts, Digital Arts, Media Arts, or a closely-related field.
Demonstrated application in cutting-edge industry mediums, for example, 3D modeling, animation, motion graphics, visual effects, gaming, AR, VR, UX, creative coding, or app development.
Evidence of sustained professional activity in animation.
Awareness of emerging technologies and experimental media, especially as they influence contemporary animation practice.
Understanding of digital asset management.
Active member of a professional community of creatives.
Experience teaching classes or groups of students is preferred.
Experience using a learning management system such as Moodle, Blackboard, or Canvas is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Commitment to excellence in teaching of undergraduates
Ability to present the history of the moving image in the context of a broad engagement with film, fine art, and media studies and supportive of experimentation in a variety of media, production methods, and narrative structures
Ability to integrate Christian worldview into classroom instruction
Ability to interact with a variety of individuals in a professional, courteous, and tactful manner
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively within and across departments
Ability to maintain a flexible schedule
Knowledge and understanding of discipline-specific computer software
Ability to type efficiently and accurately and use email to carry out job responsibilities
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Understanding of, and agreement with, Northwestern’s Declaration of Christian Community and Doctrinal Statement
Ability to pass a background check upon hire and periodically throughout the course of employment
Work Environment: The work environment involves working in a suburban, Christian university; working alongside those with a demonstrated commitment to and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a commitment to the mission and values of the University, and an agreement to abide by all University policies.
University of Northwestern - St. Paul is an evangelical, non-denominational Christian institution offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Northwestern is an intentional community of faith, living, and learning located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Since 1902, Northwestern has been committed to providing Christ-centered, academically excellent education for men and women from around the world. Northwestern’s 100-acre campus is nestled along the shores of Lake Johanna. The downtown areas of both Saint Paul and Minneapolis can be reached within 15 minutes, providing easy access to hundreds of cultural and recreational activities in the Twin Cities.