Adjunct Professor, Animation and Motion Graphics, VCDMA

Bowie State University
Laurel, MD
Closing date
May 27, 2022

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The Department of Fine and Performing Arts seeks an Adjunct Professor in the Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts (VCDMA) program, Animation and Motion Graphics concentration, and to work within the parameters of the University policy. Teaches courses in 2D/3D animation, character design, storyboarding, rigging, and/or motion graphics. In addition, this person will teach, perform, and produce creative research and service, the person could assist with the management of the computer graphics and digital media labs, studios, and classrooms located in the Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC). Could serve as Internship Coordinator and/or assist in this role with professional experiences for undergraduate students.

Compensation: $1,000/ Credit Hour with a maximum of 9 credit hours per semester.

Opportunity Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Provides instruction for undergraduate courses in the area of 2D, 3D animation, and motion graphics
  • contributes to growing scholarly activities in the Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts (BS) major in the Department of Fine & Performing Arts.
  • Participates in student mentoring and support of the VCDMA program as required.
  • Participates in VCDMA and DFPA events, screenings, exhibitions, and recruitment/retention efforts; mentoring students
  • Works collaboratively with other VCDMA full-time faculty with students and especially senior thesis exhibitions, portfolio reviews, and assessments.
  • Provides assistance with VCDMA computer labs, studios, and classroom spaces associated with VCDMA as needed; specifically, the computers, software/hardware, and technology upgrades for the lab.
  • Assists VCDMA students with obtaining internships, apprenticeships, and experiential learning experiences.
  • Creative evidence of research such as animated productions and projects, exhibitions, publications, presentations, lectures, or workshops in related fields.
  • Assists the VCDMA Program Coordinator and works collaboratively with VCDMA/DFPA faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts to provide excellence in higher education for undergraduate students in the visual and performing and media arts.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Possesses an MFA preferred in Animation, Motion Graphics, or related field, with an emphasis on creative research and activity.
  • Experience with Blackboard (or similar), experiential, virtual, and online learning, and technical support for students and faculty is required.

  • Minimum three (3) years of successful undergraduate teaching experience.
  • Professional experience in related fields and/or industries as well as research, and creative projects in the animation and entertainment industry.
  • Experienced and sensitive to working with students from diverse backgrounds, students with disabilities or special needs, and especially those at a Historically Black College or University.
  • Must possess a background and successful undergraduate, teaching experience in teaching courses in 2D/3D animation, motion graphics, storytelling, storyboarding, animatics, character design, rigging, and background and scenic design; principles of animation, animation production, and industry
  • Experience in the animation industry and teaching animation for game design, XR, and motion capture is desirable.
  • Should possess a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, service, and technology application in the classroom. 3 to 5 years of successfully working with an animation production studio and animation industry experience is desirable.
  • Must be a team player, cooperative, collaborative, and have effective communication skills and potential grantsmanship.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of Toon Boom Harmony, Storyboard Pro, Cinema 4D, Autodesk Maya; Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects, Animate; Premiere, Final Cut Pro) is also required, and/or other 2D/3D animation software and tools as used in the animation field.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of a variety of topics related to animation and motion graphics with an emphasis on 2D animation, character design, animation principles, and fundamentals
  • Possesses real-world design-related experience; and knowledge of current industry standards and trends in the fields of animation and motion graphics
  • Possesses knowledge in the traditional academic areas of Concept-Based and Project-based, Problem Solving, Production, Visualization and Communication, Design Thinking, Practice, and Technology, and Diversity and Inclusion

Conditions of Employment:

Please be advised, that COVID-19 vaccinations are strongly recommended for faculty and staff to be employed at Bowie State University.
Company DescriptionBowie State University is Maryland's oldest historically black university committed to providing diverse students with access to high-quality, affordable education in an environment that focuses on student success. The vibrant 377-acre suburban campus is within easy reach of the cultural centers of Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Md. The dynamic, supportive campus environment emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking in the classroom and the workplace encouraging everyone's full participation in the success of the institution. Bowie State has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, welcoming faculty and staff from all backgrounds to come grow with us.

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