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[JOB / TEACHING] Digital Media & Design, University of Connecticut

Digital Media & Design, University of Connecticut

Position ID: UConnDigitalMedia&Design2015297 [#5395, 2015297]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in-Residence – Motion Graphics
Position Type: Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Digital Media & Design
Appl Deadline: (posted 2015/03/02, listed until 2015/09/02)
Position Description:   Apply


The University of Connecticut (UConn) is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence ( As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired more than 450 new faculty at all ranks during the past three years. We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for faculty positions in the Department of Digital Media and Design at the rank of Assistant Professor in-Residence. This position is a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in-Residence. It will have a creative focus on Digital Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, 2D Animation and Production for the Digital Arts, Film and Video to start 8/22/2015, renewable on an annual basis. The selected candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate level classes, as well as, support faculty collaborations through the Digital Media Center centered on animation and motion graphics for purposes of entertainment, marketing, branding, advertising, artistic expression, and scientific research and visualizations.The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding (in disciplines where applicable), high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, performances and exhibits (in disciplines where applicable), national recognition as through honorific awards. In the area of teaching, successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.Minimum Qualifications:

• BFA, BA or BS in Art, Animation, Digital Media or other appropriate fields. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.

• Professional experience in Motion Graphics and/or Animation design.

• Demonstrated and current expertise in: Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe AfterEffects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Maya, Cinema 4D (modeling, lighting, textures, rigging, and camera movement); familiarity with Nuke a plus. Digital portfolio demonstrating ideation, design, final project implementation.

• Evidence of engagement in institutional and/or professional service.

Preferred Qualifications:

• MA or MFA in Art, Animation, Design, Digital Media or other appropriate fields.

• A record of distinguished teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.

• Demonstrated professional/commercial experience working with film and/or video productions; advertising or marketing agencies; entertainment companies; video gaming companies; and/or technical visualization agencies.

• A digital portfolio demonstrating extensive professional Digital Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, 2D and/or 3D animation experience in any or all of the following areas: film and/or video production, video game development and production, web design, ePublishing, advertising/marketing production, and/or creative making.

• The ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.

This is a full-time, nine (9)-month, non-tenure track appointment. Salary is competitive and based on qualifications and professional experience. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be at the UConn Storrs campus with the possibility of travel to Stamford on occasion.

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community. We actively encourage women, people with disabilities, and members of minority groups to apply. The University of Connecticut is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.); research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.); commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.); sample digital portfolio/work, journal articles or books. Three letters of reference should be sent to: Faculty Search Committee, Search #2015297, 1 Bishop Circle, Storrs, CT 06269 or e-mailed to Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information regarding the Department of Digital Media and Design please visit the department website at Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at


The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement
  • Teaching Statement
  • Commitment to diversity statement
  • Sample digital portfolio/work
Send the following item by normal mail:

  • Three Reference Letters

Further Info:
University of Connecticut
Employment Services
9 Walters Avenue
Unit 5075
Storrs, CT 06269