- School of Art: Assistant Professor in Animation/IXD

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Job Title: School of Art: Assistant Professor in Animation/IXD
School: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Campus Description: It is UTRGV’s Vision “To be one of the nation’s leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual university, with exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.” As such, UTRGV is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff that can contribute to an enriching learning environment that strives for more equitable outcomes for student success.

UTRGV is a distributed campus, one university spanning four counties and multiple locations. Our purpose is to be a university for the entire Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Over 91% of the students enrolled at UTRGV identify as Hispanic, making UTRGV one of the top 3 universities with the highest percentage of Hispanic students.

Thanks to a steadfast commitment to safety and success, UTRGV yielded record-breaking outcomes in enrollment and student success in the fall 2020 semester. For additional information, please visit our website.

Department/College Background

The UTRGV School of Art is a bi-campus school which maintains facilities in both Edinburg and Brownsville. In Edinburg it has a 73,000-square foot facility with the highest quality studios and labs in graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, digital photography, and film photography with a wet lab. In Brownsville it has a 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space with very unique 20-foot-high ceilings in all of their studios for optimum student art production in painting, ceramics, sculpture photography (digital and film), printmaking, drawing, an iMac lab for computer imaging and graphics, and a 3000-square foot outdoor open area for experimental art
Date Posted: 11/23/2020
Deadline: Until Filled
Openings: 1
Commitment: Full Time
Description/Notes: We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s diverse student body as an Assistant Professor of Design Department, School of Art beginning in the 2021 – 2022 academic year.

The position is a fulltime tenure track/tenure-eligible appointment beginning Fall 2021 in animation and interaction design in service to our newly designed curriculum emphasizing digital media and technology in the visual arts. This position will serve undergraduate students in the new BFA concentration in animation/digital media/IXD and contribute to the School of Art’s MFA program.

The design department is seeking candidates with the following credentials. Develop and teach coursework for undergraduate/graduate visual communication majors in 2D procedural animation, 3D animation, interaction design, with secondary emphasis on 3D modeling and game design or other courses related to the candidate’s specialty. This might range from introductory courses on design principles and techniques, to advanced studio courses focusing on methodology and concept development. Experience in animation, on – line course development, teaching and familiarity with NASAD standards is a plus.
Familiarity with the following software is desired: Maya, 3D Max, Houdini, Adobe Animate, ZBrush, Rhino and applicable media. We have 4 newly equipped Mac labs, a Wacom animation lab, and maker space equipped with large format printer, 3D printer and laser cutter.

Candidates should have professional recognition among leaders in the discipline through relevant scholarly activity and original research. Actively participate in recruitment, retention, and community outreach activities. Share in the collegial development of curricula and fulfillment of other responsibilities as assigned.

Faculty are expected to participate in committee work, assessment, and actively contribute to the development and governance of the program, department, and university. Other job duties may include developing new
courses and programs within the area, setting up and completing program and course, and interfacing with part-time faculty and graduate teaching assistants to assist in planning and developing additional classes. These
duties may include reviewing and adopting textbooks, ordering new supplies and technology for the labs, distinguishing core objectives, student learning outcomes and planning for course-level assessments. The successful candidate will be assigned the standard academic teaching load for faculty

About UTRGV:
It is UTRGV’s Vision “To be one of the nation’s leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual university, with exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.” As such, UTRGV is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff that can contribute to an enriching learning environment that strives for more equitable outcomes for student success.

UTRGV is a distributed campus, one university spanning four counties and multiple locations. Our purpose is to be a university for the entire Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Over 91% of the students enrolled at UTRGV identify as Hispanic, making UTRGV one of the top 3 universities with the highest percentage of Hispanic students.

Thanks to a steadfast commitment to safety and success, UTRGV yielded record-breaking outcomes in enrollment and student success in the fall 2020 semester. For additional information, please visit our website.

Department/College Background

The UTRGV School of Art is a bi-campus school which maintains facilities in both Edinburg and Brownsville. In Edinburg it has a 73,000-square foot facility with the highest quality studios and labs in graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, digital photography, and film photography with a wet lab. In Brownsville it has a 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space with very unique 20-foot-high ceilings in all of their studios for optimum student art production in painting, ceramics, sculpture photography (digital and film), printmaking, drawing, an iMac lab for computer imaging and graphics, and a 3000-square foot outdoor open area for experimental art.
Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications:
Applicants must have an earned an A Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) or MDes is required in visual communications design, digital arts, animation, IXD or related field from an accredited university by August 2020.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
• Master of Fine Arts degree or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited institution; preferably with a focus on Animation/ IXD or related concentration;
• Evidence of sustained professional creative activity;
• Demonstrated potential to achieve national or international recognition in creative research;
• Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the university/college level;
• A body of work that demonstrates expertise in 3D computer modeling, 2D procedural animation, and/or interaction design, and related disciplines; and
• Demonstrated evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Ability to teach all levels of undergraduate and graduate courses in 2D and 3D computer animation, interaction design,
and related disciplines;
• Experience developing a program of study in animation;
• Experience developing and teaching online or hybrid courses;
• Demonstrated knowledge of critical thinking and visual literacy, emerging media;
• Experience chairing and serving on MFA thesis committees;
• Record of securing grants and/or external funding; and
• Three years of college-level teaching experience beyond TA work.
Salary Range: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
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How To Apply: To apply visit:
https://careers.utrgv.edu/

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