Job: Assistant Professor in Animation/Interactive Design

Vacancy #:  002660 
Salary Range: Commensurate with Qualifications
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Organizational Unit Overview

The School of Art and Design provides a multidisciplinary approach to art and design that provides opportunities for students to develop their creative and critical thinking abilities by thinking through making. The School currently enrolls more than 500 students in twelve areas across four degrees. The School of Art and Design is the most comprehensive and largest BFA Art program in University of North Carolina system and has been continuously accredited by NASAD since 1962. The School has over 40 full-time faculty and is located in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center, a 142,000-square foot facility with specialized equipment, tools, and technology for the School’s 14 disciplines—animation/interactive design, art education, art history, film and video production, ceramics, glass, graphic design, illustration, metal design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textile design. From computer labs, a digital loom, CNC routers, and laser cutters to a wood shop, foundry, letterpress shop, black and white dark room and beyond, the School’s facilities are comprehensive and available to faculty and students who think, make, and work across the School’s disciplines.

East Carolina University (ECU) enjoys a proud heritage and record of contribution since its founding in 1907. Within the University of North Carolina system, ECU is the third largest of the state’s 16 degree-granting public institutions. Based on the quality of its academic programs, ECU has been named one of the best colleges in the Southeast region by the Princeton Review. ECU’s is committed to maximizing student success, serving the public, and leading regional transformation in the East.

The University is in the city of Greenville, NC, on the Tar River, and has a community of over 90,000 residents. A former tobacco town, Greenville has developed as a cultural center in eastern North Carolina. In addition to extensive arts offerings by the School of Theater and Dance, School of Music, and School of Art and Design and its Gray Gallery, the city boasts the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, Greenville Museum of Art, Magnolia Arts Center, Whirligig Theater, numerous community schools of music and dance, and more. Outdoor amenities include access to the Tar River for boating and kayaking, the expansive River Park North, a greenway system, a superb Little League stadium and programs, and BMX/skateboarding parks. ECU is located adjacent to the city’s historic downtown—Uptown. This thriving district includes restaurants, coffee shops, brew pubs, retail businesses, and art galleries, which regularly hosts community events such as Umbrella Markets, Freeboot Fridays (before home football games), a BMX fest, and First Fridays (art walks).

Job Duties

The School of Art and Design at East Carolina University invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in animation/interactive design, beginning August 2018. This position will teach 3, three-credit courses per semester within the animation/interactive design concentration of the multidisciplinary BFA in Art. The animation/interactive design concentration prepares students for a variety of professional outcomes ranging from interactive design, game art, animation, to character and game design.

The successful candidate will teach in the animation/interactive design area, which may include the theory and practice of interactive design, 3D modeling/animation, 3D printing, and serious game design/advanced learning technologies. The candidate will also collaborate with the Innovation Design Lab (IDL), a facility focused on utilizing human centered design to ignite economic development, located two blocks from Jenkins Fine Arts Center. The IDL is a MakerBot Innovation Center equipped with digital technologies to facilitate rapid prototyping and advanced learning technologies capabilities. Collaborations should connect the IDL to curriculum in the School of Art and Design as well as address the needs of community partnerships; this work may also connect to the candidates’ research and creative activity. Collaborations with other faculty within the School of Art and Design are highly encouraged. The successful candidate can build on current collaborations with faculty in multiple divisions across the University. Additional responsibilities include working on curriculum development, participating in faculty committees, and the creation of and/or research regarding animation/ interactive design, and service to the concentration, School, University, community, and profession.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MFA or equivalent terminal degree in animation/ interactive design, game design, or related field from an accredited institution
  • Record of professional accomplishments and/or research/creative activity in animation/ interactive design, game design, or related field
  • Demonstrated ability to teach animation/interactive design classes at the undergraduate level
  • Evidence of professional communication, collaboration, organizational, and time-management skills

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Professional and/or academic background, skills, or expertise that can extend current animation/ interactive design coursework, the ability to build synergies within the School of Art and Design, 3D modeling/animation or serious game design and advanced learning technologies experience, a demonstrated understanding of human-centered design, and a Record of successfully funded grants and experience in grant program management is highly desirable. A college-level teaching experience as instructor of record is also preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants 

All application materials must be submitted online via the PeopleAdmin system.

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • List of at least three professional references including affiliation, email address, and phone number
  • A link to your personal website or online portfolio that includes 5-7 minutes of personal creative work and 5-7 minutes of student work
  • A one page summary description of creative works
  • A one page summary description of student works

Please email the search committee chair, Wayne Godwin, or Daniel Kariko, with any questions.

Please note: Two original letters of reference/recommendation are required for employment. Please be aware that if selected as a candidate of choice, an automatic e-mail will be sent to the individuals entered by the applicant in the References section of the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system. Letters of reference submitted via the applicant tracking system will be verified and considered towards meeting this requirement.

Additional Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 002660 to ECU Human Resources at

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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