Tenure Track Faculty Position in Animated Arts

Dept. of Art & Design

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania enrolls approximately 8,000 students in graduate and undergraduate programs. The university is located in the borough of Kutztown in a charming rural setting, and is within 20 minutes driving time of the diverse metropolitan areas of Allentown/Bethlehem and Reading, and within 60 minutes of the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The university is very interested in hiring employees who have had extensive experience with diverse populations.

The Department of Art and Design at Kutztown University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position within our Animated Arts Program with an emphasis in Storyboarding and Concept Art beginning Fall 2023. Applicants must demonstrate a strong skillset in drawing, animation and an advanced knowledge of pre-production techniques for animation, film, and/or game development in their student and professional work. Examples of experience with 2D and 3D software (including Adobe CC, Storyboard Pro, and Blender) are strongly encouraged in their professional and/or student portfolios. The successful candidate will exhibit a desire and preparedness to participate in the university’s work of creating a campus culture that is committed to a diverse, equitable, and accessible environment championing the success of all members of the community.

This artist/practitioner will teach a variety of undergraduate courses from the introductory to the advanced levels, with a focus on coursework in Visual Storytelling. Our Visual Storytelling courses cover concept art, character design, anatomy/figure drawing, storyboarding. Cinematic compositions, storytelling structure and archetypes, background art, and color theory. This position may also include teaching opportunities in Animation, Drawing, Figure Drawing, Time-Based Media, Senior Seminar, and Digital Illustration, depending on interest and skillset. Courses could be taught face-to-face, hybrid, and/or online. Teaching online will require successful completion of the Teaching Online Certification Course offered through Kutztown University.

In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, performance review and evaluation of faculty is based on effective teaching and fulfillment of professional responsibilities; continuing scholarly growth; and service. Required qualifications include: Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing/digital art or a related arts area, strong professional portfolio of personal and student artwork, at least one year of college-level teaching experience and two years of professional experience in the industry, proficiency in related digital software (such as, but not limited to, Adobe CC, Toon Boom Harmony, Storyboard Pro, Blender, Autodesk Maya, Pixologic ZBrush, etc).

Application must include: letter of interest addressing position requirements and teaching philosophy (including brief statement of how your teaching, scholarship or creative activity, and/or service demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion), curriculum vita, names and contact information for three references, ten samples of personal artwork, ten samples of student artwork, and unofficial transcripts. Successful interview and demonstration of relevant abilities required. Upload to  Slideroom: https://kuva.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/69647. Official transcripts required at time of interview. Review of applicants begins immediately. Applications will be considered until November 28, 2022. Official transcripts and questions may be addressed to Prof. Elizabeth Schneider, Search Chair, Department of Art and Design, Kutztown University, 15200 Kutztown Road, Kutztown, PA 19530; schneider@kutztown.edu.

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and actively solicits applications from women and minority candidates.  Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is a member of the State System of Higher Education. All applicants for employment are subject to a criminal background check.